FRANKLIN, IN - On Saturday, the Franklin swimming and diving teams invited Heartland foes Hanover, Thomas More, and Transylvania to a quad meet, facing off in the Franklin Community High School pool.
After the meet's conclusion, both the men and the women came out on top against all three visiting institutions. This Franklin men moved to 9-0 in dual competition in 2018, picking up wins over Transylvania (234-18), Thomas More (226-40) and Hanover (226-39).
Meanwhile, the Grizzly women made it 10 consecutive dual wins to start the year and 20 consecutive overall after taking down Transylvania (209-57), Thomas More (218-31) and Hanover (213-49).
The meet kicked off in favor of the Grizzles, as freshman Rylee Elder sped down the lane to win the mile (1650 free) on her 19:16.96 time. The men fired back with their own set of solid swims, as sophomore Kevin Gast (17:25.70) and senior Rob Warren (17:31.07) won first and second in their miles.
One of the more exciting races of the day came in the men's 200 free, as the Grizzles obtained first, second, and third in the race. Senior Noah Tallman led the way with a 1:49.27, with James Hone (1:49.35) and Jacob Weir (1:53.41) right behind him.
One of the closer races of the day came in the women's 100 breast. Sophomore Ashley Snoke touched out her opponents to take a victory in the event, beating her counterpart by a half-second on a 1:11.21 time. Another close race came in the men's 100 breast, and the Grizzles again dominated the race. Sophomore Charlie Hall hit the wall first on a 1:02.02, as junior Jack Heim came second (1:02.22), senior Cameron Culp placed third (1:03.91), and Dylan Harker finished fifth (1:05.09).
Will Combs performed an outstanding set of dives in the meet, as he scored a whopping 400.05 points overall in the one-meter event. The performance proved to be his best score of the young season. Combs also came back and won the three-meter, scoring 255.2 points.
Junior James Hone came out in the men's 100 fly ready to win, and did just that. His :54.1 finish in the event not only gave him a victory, but it also dropped his season-best time in the event by over a half-second.
The Grizzles finished the meet off strong in the 200 yard relays, as both the men and the women won their respected events. The squad of Jessica Halsmer, Ashley Snoke, Jacqueline Richard, and Courtnee Coffmann hit the wall on a 1:41.44 time. For the men, the team of Ben Doss, Noah Tallan, Jordan Cermak, and James Hone pulled a 1:30.37 time to secure the victory.
The Grizzles will be back in action on Saturday, December 1st, as they travel to Lexington, Kentucky to compete in the Transylvania Invite. Races will commence at 10:00 AM EST.