WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Franklin swimming & diving teams opened the 2019-20 season on Saturday (Oct. 19) afternoon, taking part in the Indiana Intercollegiates on the campus of Purdue University.
Facing off against squads from Division I, Division III and the NAIA, the Grizzlies got their season off to a strong start with their showing on Saturday. The women's team placed third overall with 146 points while besting Division I teams in Butler and Valparaiso. Franklin's men ended with 134 points, good for a fifth-place finish ahead of Valpo and four other teams.
Junior and last year's HCAC Female Brynna Sentel got her year off to a strong start with a pair of top-10 finishes in two individual events. The Sullivan, Ill.-native took third in the 500 free with a time of 5:12.43 and added a sixth-place finish in the 200 free after touching the end line in 1:56.45.
Fellow junior Courtnee Coffman grabbed and eighth-place finish in her specialty, the 50-yard freestyle, clocking in at 24.66. Later in the day, she added a 12th-place finish in the 100 free with a time of 54.02. Liz Colliver turned in a strong showing in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:01.63 to take 11th place. In her first career competition, freshman Caileigh McCafferty took 11th in the 100 backstroke (1:00.87) and 13th in the 100 IM (1:02.12).
The Grizzly women laid claim to a pair of top-10 finishes in both relays. The quartet of Sentel, Coffman, August Hartzell and Olivia Walther took sixth in the 200 free relay with a mark of 1:41.70. In the first event of the day, McCafferty, Colliver, Ashley Snoke and Jacqueline Richard placed eighth in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:51.80.
Junior and reigning HCAC Male Swimmer of the Year Charlie Hall got his season started with quality showings in his two individual events. The Owensboro, Ky.-native started off his Saturday with a 10th-place finish in the 100 IM and a time of 56.12 and followed it up with a 12th-place finish in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:01.75.
Senior Zachery Rayce grabbed an eighth-place finish in the 100 backstroke with a mark of 54.84 and followed it up with a 17th-place finish in the 50 free at 22.89 seconds. Junior Noah Tallman claimed 12th place in the 100 butterfly at 54.17 and added an 18th-place finish in the 200 free in 1:48.29.
Freshman Shane O'Sullivan earned a pair of 14th-place finishes in the 50 free (22.64) and the 100 butterfly (54.28). Nolan Davis took 11th in the 500 free with a time of 5:10.71, followed closely by Kevin Gast's 13th-place finish in 5:13.52.
Each of the top men's relay teams earned ninth-place finishes on Saturday. Rayce, Tallman, O'Sullivan and Dylan Harker clocked in at 1:40.21 in the 200 medley relay while Hall, Davis, James Hone and Ben Doss finished the 200 freestyle relay in 1:29.99.
A pair of freshmen divers made their debuts on Saturday. Faith Jackson took fifth on the three-meter board with 157.55 points and added a ninth-place finish on the one-meter board with 190.65 points. Her male counterpart, Collin Barton, placed fourth on the three-meter with 177.10 points and his 155.00 points on the one-meter board earned him a fifth-place finish.
The Grizzlies will have six days to prepare for their first dual competition of the year, which takes place on Friday (Oct. 25) night in Jacksonville, Ill. against Illinois College. Start time is set for 6:30 p.m. eastern time.