By: Jake Renie
GREENCASTLE, IN – The Franklin College swimming and diving teams jumped back into dual competition on Saturday (Jan. 19) afternoon, heading west for meeting with the DePauw Tigers. It was a big day for the women's team, as they captured 12 of the 16 events on their way to a 179-115 win, making them 11-0 in dual meets this season. The Grizzly men suffered their first dual defeat of the year, dropping a 169-111 showdown with the Tigers.
The Grizzlies came out in the first event as winners, as the quartet of Jessica Halsmer, Ashley Snoke, Liz Colliver, and Courtnee Coffman dominated the women's 200 medley relay. Their time of 1:49.41 was a second faster than their DIII counterpart. The 200 free proved to work in the women's favor as well, as they claimed the top two spots in the event. Brynna Sentel took the victory in her 1:58.07 time with Halsmer claiming the runner-up spot with a 1:59.89 finish.
The one-two victories continued for the women as they kept their hot-streak going in the women's 200 fly. Cady Mehringer finished her race in an event-best time of 2:14.12, and Anna Perkins came to the wall at 2:15.51 to place second. In the women's 50 free came, Coffman collected another Franklin victory, cruising into an easy win with her 24.23-second sprint that also set a new venue record.
Coffman snagged her third victory of the day in the women's 100 free, where she dominated the spread and touched at a :53.57 time. Halsmer and Mackenzie Dwyer took over the women's 200 back right after, where Halsmer's 2:07.03 and Dwyer's 2:10.03 claimed the top two spots in the event.
Sentel and Dwyer continued to have success at DePauw's pool, as they achieved another first and second finish in the women's 500 free. Sentel dominated the race for a 5:13.48 victory, while Dwyer came right behind her in second at a time of 5:26.85. The women's 400 free relay was the final victory for the Grizzlies on the night, as Coffman, Mehringer, Jacqueline Richard, and Sentel touched out the Tigers on a time of 3:40.05, .71 seconds in front of DePauw.
Jack Heim picked up the first men's win of the day in the 100 breast, as the time of 1:01.51 touched out the second-place finisher to win the men's event. The strongest event for the men came in the 200 breast, where they swept four of the top five spots in the race. Heim hauled another victory with his 2:14.05 time, with teammates Cameron Culp (2:18.33) and Trey Shepard (2:19.64) following behind in second and third, respectively.
The men's 50 free proved to be a strong event for Franklin men, as Ben Doss and Caleb Strange took over the top two spots in the event. Doss barely touched out Strange for the victory, as Doss came in at a :22.76, and Strange finished at :22.78.
On the diving boards, Will Combs claimed the top spot in the men's one-meter with a score of 219.05 points. He later competed on the three-meter, where his final score was another top mark at 222.35 points. Lexi Blackburn led the women's divers, accumulating a winning score of 207.30 on the three-meter board and a runner-up score of 242.30 on the one-meter. Maggie Hutzky claimed second on the three-meter (164.65) and third on the one-meter (194.05).
The next time that the Franklin swimming and diving teams will be in action is on Jan. 25, where they take on Rose-Hulman in their final home dual meet of the season. That event will be the Senior Day for the student-athletes, and will commence at 6:00 p.m.