Heim, Coffman & Creech Claim Weekly HCAC Honors

L-R: Jack Heim, Courtnee Coffman & Gauge Creech. Photos: Angie Palmer
L-R: Jack Heim, Courtnee Coffman & Gauge Creech. Photos: Angie Palmer

CARMEL, Ind. – Three members of the Franklin swimming and diving teams earned their first Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Athlete of the Week awards when the league announced its Swimmer and Diver of the Week honors on Tuesday (Nov. 12) afternoon.

Senior Jack Heim and junior Courtnee Coffman made it a clean sweep for the Grizzlies in the Swimmer of the Week category while freshman Gauge Creech was named Male Diver of the Week following two dominant outings. All three members helped the Grizzlies claim dual wins over Manchester, Bethel College and Hanover last weekend.

Prospect, Ky.-native Heim earned the league's weekly award for the second time in his career after winning four of his individual events last weekend. On Friday night against Bethel and Manchester, Heim claimed victory in both the 200 IM (2:05.56) and the 100 breaststroke (1:01.85).

Less than 24 hours later against Hanover, he would repeated as a winner in the 100 breast (1:01.21) and 200 IM (2:06.35) while finishing as runner-up in the 200 breaststroke (2:17.79). Through three weekends of competition, Heim leads the HCAC in both the 100 breast and the 200 IM, setting the league mark in each over the weekend.

New Palestine, Ind.-native Coffman becomes a three-time Swimmer of the Week on the women's side after winning all five of her individual events over the weekend. Starting on Friday night, Coffman blew past the field a pair of sprint events, winning the 50 freestyle (24.56) and the 100 freestyle (53.40).

A day later, she would repeat as winner in the 50 free (24.63) and the 100 free (53.90) while adding a victory in the 100 backstroke (1:01.28). Later in the day, she teamed with Brynna Sentel, Jacqueline Richarad and Caileigh McCafferty to win the 200 freesyle relay in 1:41.20, recording the best relay split in the conference in the process.

In his first weekend of collegiate competition, Franklin-native Creech established himself as one of the top divers in the nation with his performances on the one-meter board. Friday night, he racked up 283.05 points to win the event by 82.8 points and qualify for the NCAA Diving Regional in late February. One day later, he set new program and HCAC scoring records for six dives (213.80) and 11 dives (391.10).

The Grizzlies continue their season on Friday (Nov. 15) night, heading to Danville, Ky. for a dual showdown with Centre College. Start time is set for 6:30 p.m.