CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. – The Franklin swimming and diving teams took to the pool for day one of the Wabash College Gail Moll Pebworth Invitational on Friday (Nov. 22), facing off with teams from Divisions II and III.
Through 10 events, the Grizzly women sit in sixth-place with 415 points while the men's team accumulated 379.5 points, good for seventh-best overall.
In the first event of the final session, Courtnee Coffman, Caileigh McCafferty, Jacqueline Richard and Brynna Sentel set a new event-best time in the 200 freestyle relay at 1:36.49, besting 27 other teams in the event. In the final relay of the day, McCafferty, Coffman and Richard were joined by Ashley Snoke to earn a fifth-place finish in the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:58.06.
Sentel was part of two new event records on day one, setting a new best time in the 500 freestyle after touching the wall in 4:58.76. McCafferty recorded a new program record in the 200 IM, clocking in at 2:06.92 in the finals to earn a runner-up finish. Junior August Hartzell also took part in the finals of the 200 IM, placing ninth overall with a time of 2:14.22.
Coffman broke the event record in the 50 freestyle during the preliminaries at 23.73 to earn the top seed heading into the finals. During the night session, she would finish second in the final race after clocking in at 24.15.
Topping the men's results were a pair of Grizzlies that advanced to the finals of the 200 IM. Junior Charlie Hall placed fifth in both the prelims and the finals, recording his best time of the day in the championship race at 1:55.82. Senior Jack Heim joined him in the championship event, finishing 10th overall with a time of 2:01.05.
Ben Doss, Shane O'Sullivan, James Hone and Zach Rayce opened the night by taking eighth in the 200 freestyle relay in 2:26.47, finishing less than three seconds behind the top team in a crowded field. To close out the day the team of Rayce, Heim, Hall and Doss matched the earlier relay team with an eighth place finish in the 400 medley relay in 3:32.77.
Both teams will be back in the pool for day two of the event on Saturday (Nov. 23). The preliminary rounds are set to begin at 10:00 a.m. with the finals set for later in the day.