LEXINGTON, Ky. – After a few weeks off, the Franklin College swimming and diving teams were back in the pool this weekend, taking part in the two-day Transylvania Invitational on the campus of the University of Kentucky.
The Franklin women stood atop the seven-team field at the end of the weekend, finishing with 820 points to win their second invitational of the year. The Franklin men also saw success over the weekend, finishing second overall with 691 points.
The Franklin women claimed victory in 12 different events over the weekend, winning four relay events and eight individual titles. Freshman Brynna Sentel won a pair of events, taking the top spot in the 500 free (5:05.66) and the 100 backstroke (58.38), both of which are new program records. Sentel would also earn a runner-up finish in the 200 free with a time of 1:57.54.
Courtnee Coffman also claimed two event titles, winning the 100 free (53.38) and the 50 free (24.18). Amy McCormick took first in the 1650 freestyle with a time of 17:55.88, while adding a pair of third place finishes in the 500 free (5:13.26) and the 200 free (1:57.65). Ashley Snoke took the top spot in the 100 butterfly with a time of 59.94, capping the Grizzly individual winners in swimming events.
Cady Mehringer broke a pair of program records in the 200 butterfly (2:12.03) and the 200 IM (2:11.39), earning runner-up finishes in each event. Jessica Halsmer also set a new program record in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:06.75.
In relay action, the Grizzlies won the 800 free relay by 10 seconds with a time of 7:52.37. The Grizzlies also took first place in the 200 free relay (1:38.48), 200 medley relay (1:47.39), and the 400 freestyle relay (3:35.26).
Freshman Lexi Blackburn set new program records for six and 11 dives on both the 1- and 3-meter boards, winning both events and qualifying for the NCAA diving regionals in the process.
On the men's side, James Hone was a finalist in three different events, taking first place in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:52.58. Hone would add a second-place finish in the 200 free with a time of 1:43.38.
Mac Howard turned in a strong showing in the 200 butterfly, finishing third place with a time of 1:56.37. Sam Hall had strong showings in both the 100 backstroke (52.68) and the 100 free (47.47), finishing third and fourth place, respectively. Adam Price earned a fourth place finish in the 400 IM, clocking in at 4:20.85.
All five of Franklin's relay teams also picked up points over the weekend. The Grizzlies had strong showings in the 200 free (1:26.16), 800 free relay (7:07.97), 400 freestyle (3:11.24), 200 medley (1:36.87) and 400 medley (3:30.50) relays, taking second place in all five events.
On the board, Will Combs took second place on both the 1- and 3-meter boards, while teammate Jacob Kenner finished in third place in both events.
The Grizzlies will have over a month off until their next competition, when they travel to Danville, Ky. on Jan. 12-13 for the Colonel Classic, hosted by Centre College.