RECAP | Grizzly Men, Women Open Home Schedules with Wins Over Anderson & Indiana Wesleyan

Photo courtesy of Quinn Fitzgerald
Photo courtesy of Quinn Fitzgerald

FRANKLIN, Ind. – It was a successful home debut for the Franklin College men's and women's swimming and diving teams on Friday (Oct. 26) night, with both teams picking up victories in dual competitions at Franklin Middle School.

The Grizzly men took care of Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) foe Anderson, picking up a 177-36 win. The Franklin women extended their unbeaten streak in dual competitions to 17, downing Anderson 186-35 and Indiana Wesleyan 165-56.

The Franklin men swept all 13 events on the night, picking up nine solo wins to go along with a pair of relay and diving victories. Up first was the 200 medley relay that was won by James Hone, Dylan Harker, Charlie Hall and Rob Warren with a time of 1:41.36. Right on their heels in second place was the team of Zach Rayce, Noah Tallman, Cam Culp and Jacob Weir with a time of 1:42.48. Later in the night, the men's 400 medley relay team of Culp, Hone, Jordan Cermak and Nolan Davis took top honors with a 3:21.30.

Nine different individuals were responsible for the Grizzlies' nine individual event wins. Sophomore Kevin Gast ran away with the 1000 freestyle in 10:43.35, nearly a minute better than the second best time. Rob Warren took the top spot in the other distance event, winning the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:59.15.

Winners in sprint events included Jordan Cermak (200 free/1:53.48), Ben Doss (50 free/22.71), Charlie Hall (400 IM/4:25.03), Noah Tallman (100 butterfly/54.02), Mac Howard (100 free/50.86), James Hone (100 backstroke/55.39) and Dylan Harker (100 breaststroke/1:02.26).

On the boards, senior Will Combs took the top spot on the one-meter board with 237.50 points and added a win on the three-meter board with 164.50 points.

The Grizzly women claimed 11 first place finishes on the night, the first coming in the 200 medley relay with Brynna Sentel, Ashley Snoke, Elizabeth Colliver and Natalie Hollensead taking the top spot with a time of 1:53.92. The women's 400 freestyle quartet of Jessica Halsmer, Mackenzie Dwyer, Jacqueline Richard and Courtnee Coffman close out the event with a winning time of 3:41.67.

In individual competition, Coffman and Halsmer collected a pair of event victories each. Coffman started with a win in the 50 free with a time of 24.74 and followed it up with a win in the 100 free and a time of 54.28. Halsmer claimed her first win in the 200 free (2:00.35) and followed it up with a first-place time of 59.80 in the 100 backstroke.

Additional winners for the FC women included freshman Rylee Elder in the 1000 free (11:36.86), Mackenzie Dwyer in the 500 free (5:24.64) and Ashley Snoke in the 100 breaststroke (1:11.57).

On the boards, Lexi Blackburn claimed victory in both events, winning on the three-meter board with 240.70 points. Later in the day, she added a win on the one-meter board with 197.65 points.

Both teams are back in the pool on Friday, Nov. 2, when they head to Decatur, Ill. for dual competition against Millikin University. Start time is set for 6:00 p.m. eastern time.