RECAP | Swim Teams Sweep Transylvania on Saturday Afternoon

Photo: Angie Palmer
Photo: Angie Palmer

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Franklin swimming and diving teams wrapped up a busy weekend in the Bluegrass State on Saturday (Nov. 16) afternoon with a dual showdown against Transylvania University.

Less than 24 hours after suffering their first dual loss of the year, the Franklin men bounced back with a convincing 182-39 win to improve to 5-1 in duals. Franklin's women took care of business with a 168-68 win, running their record to 6-0 overall and their dual winning streak to 29 in a row.

Franklin's men claimed wins in all 13 events with 11 different Grizzlies all earning top spot on the podium. Sophomore Luke Stuart claimed the first win of the night, rattling off a win in the 1000 freestyle with a time of 10:58.90. Senior James Hone followed by winning the 200 freestyle in 1:48.64 and Ben Doss followed suit with a victory in the 50 freestyle (22.80).

Other individual race winners on the men's team included: Kevin Gast in the 400 IM (4:35.10), Noah Tallman in the 100 butterfly (52.67), Charlie Hall in the 100 freestyle (50.46), Zach Rayce in the 100 backstroke (56.88), Nolan Davis in the 500 freestyle (5:05.08) and Jack Heim in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.53).

Rayce, Heim, Tallman and Hone teamed up in first relay of the day, touching the wall in 3:39.57 to win the 400 medley relay. Hone, Stuart, Tallman and Shane O'Sullivan closed out the afternoon with a victory in the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:19.28.

On the diving boards, freshman Gauge Creech closed out his weekend by racking up an event-best 287.10 points on the one-meter board. Fellow freshman Collin Barton would add a win on the three-meter board with a score of 181.35 over six dives.

Freshman Caileigh McCafferty was the lone Grizzly to win multiple races on Saturday, picking up victories in both the 100 butterfly (1:00.08) and the 100 backstroke (1:01.69) to give her wins in all five individual events for the weekend.

Six different swimmers would go also on to claim event wins on Saturday afternoon. Brynna Sentel was a winner in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:58.42, which was more than 10 seconds better than the runner-up. Jacqueline Richard followed with a win in the 50 freestyle in 25.83 while August Hartzell won the 400 IM in 4:56.15.   

Courtnee Coffman won her second 100 freestyle in as many days with a time of 53.63, a feat matched by Ashley Snoke following her winning time of 1:11.01 in the 100 breaststroke. Freshman Becky Pfeifer claimed her first collegiate event win in the 500 freestyle, hitting the wall in 5:40.21 to earn a nine-second triumph.

Sentel, Snoke, Richard and Coffman united for the first time since last year's national championships to win the 400 medley relay in 4:06.99. Coffman, Sentel and Richard were joined by McCafferty to win the 400 freestyle relay in 3:41.09.

Freshman Faith Jackson closed out the weekend with wins on both board lengths. The Greenwood, Ind.-native put up 214.13 points on six dives off the one-meter board before racking up 179.40 points with six dives off the three-meter board later in the day.

The Grizzlies will head to Crawfordsville, Ind. next weekend for the three-day Wabash Invite on Nov. 22-24. Start time for all three days is set for 10:00 a.m.