RECAP | Swimming & Diving Teams Roll Past Millikin on Friday Night

RECAP | Swimming & Diving Teams Roll Past Millikin on Friday Night

DECATUR, Ill. – The Franklin College swimming and diving teams turned in a pair of dominant showings on Friday (Nov. 2) night, with both the men's and women's team earning dual wins over Millikin University.

The Grizzly women captured all 11 event wins on their way to a 166-35 win over the Big Blue, moving to 3-0 in dual competition this year and extending their winning streak in dual competition to 18 in a row dating back to the 2016-17 season. Franklin's men's team earned nine event wins on their way to a 147-49 win, bolstering their record to 2-0 on the young season.

Franklin's first individual win came courtesy of freshman Brooke Haflich, who captured the 1000 freestyle with in 11:41.89, winning by nearly nine seconds. Sophomore Jessica Halsmer followed up with a 200 freestyle-winning time of 1:58.54 before Courtnee Coffman took first in the 50 freestyle with a miniscule time of 24.68 seconds.

Other event winners for the Grizzly women included: Anna Perkins in the 200 IM (2:20.10), Elizabeth Colliver and Cady Mehringer sharing first in the 100 butterfly (1:02.19), Jacqueline Richard in the 100 freestyle (55.38), Mackenzie Dwyer in the 100 backstroke (1:02.12), Brynna Sentel in the 500 freestyle (5:26.75) and Mehringer in the 100 breaststroke (1:12.53).

The Grizzly women also ran away with both relay wins. Halsmer, Perkins, Colliver and Olivia Walther nabbed a win in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:55.68. Richard, Coffman, Natalie Hollensead and Ashley Snoke closed out the night with a win in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:42.47.

Sophomore Charlie Hall and junior James Hone collected two event wins each to lead the way for the Franklin men. Owensboro, Ky.-native Hall collected his first collegiate event win in the 200 freestyle, taking a two-second win with a time of 1:49.77. Later in the night, Hall rolled to a win in the 500 freestyle, taking the event in 5:04.91 to win by more than 10 seconds.

Hone's first victory of the evening came in the 1000 freestyle in which the Melbourne, Austrailia-native captured first place in 10:29.34, winning the event by nearly a full minute. He finished off his night with a 200 IM winning time of 2:03.23, besting teammate Noah Tallman by just under two seconds.

Also picking up wins for the Grizzly men were: Mac Howard in the 100 butterfly (56.37), Jordan Cermak in the 100 freestyle (50.61) and Dylan Harker in 100 breaststroke (1:02.51).

Both relay teams also walked away victorious on Friday night. The 200 medley relay team of Zach Rayce, Cam Culp, Mac Howard and Trey Shepard finished with a winning time of 1:43.62. Hall, Howard, Tallman and Rob Warren closed out the night with a win in the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:31.02.

Both teams get back in the pool on Saturday (Nov. 3) afternoon, heading to Chicago, Ill. to take on Illinois Tech and Loras College in dual competition. The action gets underway at 1:00 p.m. eastern time.