RECAP | Swimming Teams Sweep Illinois College in First Dual Competition of the Year

James Hone. Photo: Renee Kean
James Hone. Photo: Renee Kean

JACKSONVILLE, Ill. – In their first dual competitions of the 2019-20 season, the Franklin swimming and diving teams rolled to decisive wins over Illinois College on Friday (Oct. 25) night.

Franklin's men cruised to a 130-52 win after claiming 10 first place finishes out of the 11-event schedule. Meanwhile, the FC women extended their winning streak in duals to 24 in a row with a 123-60 victory, winning nine of the night's events.

Two members of the FC men's team were two-time individual winners on Friday night. Junior Charlie Hall laid claim to first place in both the 200 IM (2:04.70) and the 100 freestyle (51.19) while newcomer Shane O'Sullivan picked up wins in the 50 freestyle (22.56) and the 100 butterfly (53.60).

Senior James Hone picked up his first event win of the young season, besting the field in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:48.25. Fellow senior Zach Rayce collected a win in the 100 backstroke after touching the wall at the 56.49 second mark. Other individual winners included junior Kevin Gast in the 1000 freestyle (10:46.75) as well as junior Dylan Harker in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.86).

Franklin claimed both relays held on Friday night, starting with Rayce, Hone, Jack Heim and Cameron Gilbreth winning the 200 medley relay in 1:41.91. Gast, Golbreth, Jacob Weir and Logan Parker closed out the night by winning the 200 freestyle relay in 1:34.97.

A pair of Grizzly women also took home two individual victories on the night. Junior Brynna Sentel took home first place in both the 100 freestyle (55.72) and the 500 freestyle (5:12.72). Fellow veteran Courtnee Coffman claimed first place in both the 50 freestyle (24.72) and the 100 backstroke (1:02.92) while taking part in the winning 200 freestyle relay team with Olivia Walther, Kyra Skeens and Jacqueline Richard that touched in 1:43.48.

Richard claimed the top spot in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:06.31. Another junior, Liz Colliver, bested the field in the 100 butterfly in 1:02.48. A pair of freshmen also claimed their first individual event wins with Skeens winning the 1000 freestyle (11:33.81) and Caileigh McCafferty topping the field in the 200 IM (2:16.36).

Franklin will be off for two weeks before their next competition, which comes on Friday, Nov. 8 in North Manchester, Ind. when the Grizzlies meet Manchester University and Bethel College in a tri-meet. Start time is set for 6:00 p.m.