DECORAH, Iowa – On day three of the 2018 Liberal Arts Championships, the Franklin College swimming and diving teams expanded their leads over the field as the event gets set to head into its final day.
The Franklin women collected three event titles as their point total soared to 563.5 through day two, giving them a sizeable lead over second place Coe College heading into the final day. On the men's side, the Grizzlies picked up one event title and points in every other event to close the day with 552 points, 151.5 point points up on second place Nebraska Wesleyan.
The star of the day for the Franklin women was freshman Brynna Sentel, who capture two individual event titles and was part of a winning relay team. In her first event of the day, Sentel set a new HCAC open record in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:52.98, taking first place by two seconds. Later in the night, Sentel set a new venue record and hit an NCAA provisional time in the 100 backstroke with a time of 57.18 seconds.
Sentel was also the first leg of the Grizzlies' winning 200 medley relay team, combining with Ashley Snoke, Karlee Demsey and Courtnee Coffman to set a new pool record with a time of 1:48.87.
Three Grizzlies picked up top-five finishes in the 400 IM. Mackenzie Dwyer (4:41.82), August Hartzell (4:44.59) and Cady Mehringer (4:45.14) placed second, fourth and fifth, respectively. In the women's 100 butterfly, Richard (59.11) and Snoke (59.44) finished second and third to grab big points for the Grizzlies.
The Franklin men picked up their first event win since Thursday night in the finals of the three-meter diving competition. Sophomore Jacob Keener took gold with a score of 389.00, taking the top spot over teammate Will Combs, whose score of 278.40 points earned him a second-place finish.
Heim grabbed a second-place finish in the finals of the 100 breaststroke with a time of 58.66, edging out Doss' time of 59.81 seconds, which netted him a third place finish.
The Grizzlies grabbed two of the top three finishes in the finals of the 100 backstroke. Hall grabbed second place with a time of 52.38 seconds, missing out on the top spot by one-one hundredth of a second. Zach Rayce picked up a third-place finish in the same event with a time of 52.62 seconds.
James Hone picked up points in both the 200 freestyle (3rd/1:43.38) and the 100 butterfly (5th/52.06). Jordan Cermak placed sixth in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:44.73, Tallman took sixth in the 100 butterfly with a time of 52.39, and Adam Price added a sixth-place finish in the 400 IM with a time of 4:20.14.
The fourth and final day of the event is set for Saturday, with 12 events left to decide the 2018 Liberal Arts Champions. Preliminary sessions get underway at 11:00 a.m. eastern time, with the finals set for 7:00 p.m. tomorrow night.