DANVILLE, Ky. – The Franklin swimming and diving teams began a two-day trip through the Bluegrass State with a Friday (Nov. 15) night dual against the Centre Colonels.
Both teams faced a stiff test against a quality Centre squad, coming away from the night with a split. The FC women kept their unbeaten streak alive in dual competition, moving to 5-0 on the year with a 159-139 triumph, their 28th in a row. Franklin's men suffered their first dual defeat of the year, dropping to 4-1 with a 175-119 Centre win.
Freshman Caileigh McCafferty was the lone Grizzly to win three events on the night, banking important points towards the final score. The Wonder Lake, Ill.-native starter off the night with a win in the 100 backstroke (1:00.41) and later added a close win in the 200 backstroke (2:12.67) and a convincing win in the 200 IM (2:14.94).
Juniors Brynna Sentel and Courtnee Coffman both walked away from the evening with a pair of individual wins under their respective belts. Coffman rolled to wins in both her sprint events, winning both the 50 free (24.67) and the 100 free (53.64). Meanwhile, Sentel excelled in a pair of distance events with wins in the 1000 free (10:36.77) and the 500 free (5:10.22) while picking up a runner-up finish in the 200 backstroke (1:01.95).
In her first competition of the season, junior Ashley Snoke came away with a win in the 100 breaststroke, touching the end wall in 1:10.22. Sophomore Anna Perkins was the other Grizzly to claim an individual win, besting the field in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:16.28.
Sentel, Snoke, Coffman and Liz Colliver opened the evening with a win in the 200 medley relay, racing to a time of 1:50.50. Coffman, McCafferty, August Hartzell and Jacqueline Richard closed the night with a runner-up finish in the 400 freestyle relay, finishing less than a second back of the top position in 3:43.47.
On the one-meter board, freshman Faith Jackson claimed victory in both events. She started off the night with a five-dive score of 182.55 and ended the evening with a six-dive score of 255.44. Her total of 437.99 sealed Jackson's entry in to the 2020 NCAA Diving Regional competition set for February 2020.
Jackson's male diving counterparts also had strong nights on the board, finishing 1-2 in both events. Freshman Gauge Creech wasted no time breaking his own program and HCAC record for five dives with a score of 222.76 and would add another first place finish with a six-dive score of 359.77 for an impressive 11-dive total of 582.53. Collin Barton took second in each event with a 5-dive tally of 163.28 and a 6-dive total of 282.45. While Creech had already sealed a trip to the NCAA Regional Diving event, Barton matched the feat this evening with an 11-dive total of 445.73.
Junior Noah Tallman was the lone Grizzly to walk away with a race win after besting the field in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:54.47. It was the first appearance for the Bargersville, Ind.-native since the season opening Indiana Intercollegiates.
Fellow junior Charlie Hall collected a trio of runner-up finishes on Friday night, competing in the 1000 free (10:33.79), the 200 butterfly (2:02.62) and the 200 IM (2:02.54). Senior James Hone added second place results in the 200 backstroke (2:00.82) and 100 butterfly (53.73) as well as a third-place finish in the 100 backstroke (55.31).
Both relay teams wrapped up second place finishes, the first coming when Zach Rayce, Jack Heim, Shane O'Sullivan and Ben Doss put together a time of 1:40.18 in the 200 medley relay. Rayce, Doss, Hone and Tallman would match that in the 400 freestyle relay and a time of 3:17.39.
The Grizzlies wrap up their trip through Kentucky on Saturday (Nov. 16), when they take on league for Transylvania University. Start time from Lexington, Ky. is set for 1:00 p.m.