ANDERSON, Ind. – The Franklin College swimming and diving teams hit the road for their second event of the young season, taking on Anderson University and Illinois Tech in a double dual match at the Bennett Natatorium.
The Grizzlies dominated on both the men's and women's sides, picking up victories over the Ravens and Scarlet Hawks to each move to 2-0 on the year.
The Franklin women's team dominated the competition winning every event. The Grizzlies would coast to a 153-50 win over Illinois Tech and a 168-25 victory over Anderson.
The streak began when its 10th nationally-ranked medley relay of Brynna Sentel, Ashley Snoke, Karlee Demsey, and Courtnee Coffman improved over their last outing with a time of 1:50.74. Sentel led off the relay breaking the all-time Franklin College record in the 50 backstroke. The Grizzlies swept the event with the team of Jessica Halsmer, August Hartzell, Cady Mehringer, and Jacqueline Richard taking second.
Amy McCormick kept the success going with a win in the 1000 freestyle and later added a victory in the 500 freestyle. The only other double event winner on the day was Sentel, cruising to victory by over 3 seconds in the 200 freestyle and missing the team record in the 100 backstroke by only 0.46 seconds. Single event winners included Karlee Demsey (50 freestyle), August Hartzell (200 Individual Medley), Cady Mehringer (100 butterfly), Courtnee Coffman (100 freestyle), and Ashley Snoke (100 breaststroke).
The Grizzly men also turned in a pair of convincing wins, besting Illinois Tech 127-77 and picking up a 171-27 win over Anderson. On the day, Franklin swimmers won nine of the 11 events en route to dual victories.
The Grizzlies got off to a strong start when its medley relay team of Adam Price, Jack Heim, Noah Tallman, and Ben Doss won the event in a time of 1:41.80. Then, the Grizzlies won the next three individual events behind strong swims from Noah Tallman in the 100 freestyle, James Hone in the 200 freestyle, and Sam Hall in the 50 freestyle. Hone notched his second event victory of the day, winning the 100 freestyle in a time of 49.29 followed by Hall's second win of the day in the 100 backstroke in a time of 54.00.
Rob Warren and Jack Heim added individual wins in the 500 freestyle and 100 breaststroke respectively before the 400 freestyle relay team of Jordan Cermak, Warren, Hall, and Heim closed the night out with a big win by over 4 seconds.
The Grizzlies will take a short break from traveling when they kick back for homecoming on October 28th with their spirited Blue & Gold intrasquad meet. The Grizzlies return to competition with the home-opener on November 4th versus Millikin University.