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RECAP | French, Sharp Earn All-Conference Honors at HCAC Championships

Maci French (left) and Gabi Sharp. Photos: Ryan Thomas
Maci French (left) and Gabi Sharp. Photos: Ryan Thomas

BLUFFTON, Ohio – Junior Gabi Sharp and sophomore Maci French were named to the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) All-Tournament Team after their performances at the 2019 HCAC Championships.

Franklin's women finished the event in a tie for fourth place overall with Hanover College, firing a 708 (351-357). French and Sharp became the first Franklin teammates to earn top-10 finishes at the league championships since Paige Lundy and Hayley Tiberghein back in 2015.

French has a breakout performance in her first conference championship, earning a share of second place overall with a 164 (79-85) to finish five shots off the medalist's pace. With her tie for second place, the Lebanon, Ind.-native recorded the highest finish of any Grizzly at the league championship since Sarah Craven back in 2012 and her 164 is the lowest 36-hole score by a Franklin player since Craven fired a 162 back in 2014.

Also playing in her first league championship, Sharp finished in sole possession of sixth-place with a 170 (83-87). The Avon, Ind.-native maintained a remarkable consistency throughout the fall, scoring between 83 and 87 in 10 of her 12 rounds played.

Junior Megg Hensler placed third on the Franklin leaderboard and earned a share of 20th place with a 181 (90-91), giving her a career-best finish and 36-hole score at the league championships in her third trip. Fellow junior Jaley Schlosser shared 32nd place with a 193 (99-94) and freshman Mara Wilson tied for 42nd with a 217 (99-118) to round out the Franklin leaderboard.

Rose-Hulman was the wire-to-wire leader en route to their first HCAC title. The Engineers' Namuunaa Nadmid earned medalist honors with a 159 (78-81).

Franklin will break for the frigid months before picking up play in April. The Grizzlies will head to Carmel, Ind. for the Big Four Classic, hosted at Crooked Stick GC on Apr. 7.