RECAP | Grizzlies Wrap Up Busy Weekend at Wabash Invitational

Photo: Renee Kean
Photo: Renee Kean

CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. – The Franklin swimming and diving teams wrapped up a long weekend on Sunday (Nov. 24) with the final day of the Wabash Gail Moll Pebworth Invitational.

The Grizzly women claimed a pair of event wins on the final day of competition, helping them move up a spot into fifth overall after accumulating 1,456 points. On the men's side, six student-athletes recorded top-10 finishes as the FC men would take sixth overall with 1,550.5 points.

The Grizzlies' first win of the day came from junior Brynna Sentel, who capped an impressive weekend with a dominant showing in the 1650 freestyle. The Sullivan, Ill.-native broke the event record and the HCAC record in the race with a time of 17:06.79, giving her the nation's best time in the event.

Sentel was also part of Franklin's winning 400 freestyle relay team with Jacqueline Richard, Courtnee Coffman and Caileigh McCafferty that raced to a time of 3:32.03, setting a new event record. Sentel, McCafferty, Kyra Skeens and August Hartzell teamed up for an eighth-place finish in the 800 freestyle relay, hitting the wall in 7:58.92.

Coffman turned in a runner-up finish in the 100 freestyle with a time of 52.41 seconds, giving her four top-seven finishes for the weekend. McCafferty claimed fourth-place in the finals of the 200 backstroke in 2:08.97, giving her four top-six finishes over the three -day event. Senior Cady Mehringer took ninth-place in the 100 IM in 1:04.66 and freshman Faith Jackson placed seventh on the one-meter board with 339.45 points.

Junior Charlie Hall advanced to a pair of finals on Sunday, walking away with a fourth-place finish in the 100 IM (53.53) and a sixth-place result in the 200 butterfly (1:55.04). At the end of the weekend, the Owensboro, Ky.-native has the top time in the HCAC in the 200 fly, 200 IM and 400 IM.

Senior James Hone captured seventh in finals of 200 backstroke (1:55.93) and junior Noah Tallman earned a ninth-place finish in the 200 butterfly (1:58.62). Seniors Jack Heim and Jacob Weir joined Hall in the finals of the 100 IM with Heim taking eighth place (56.38) and Weir finishing in 10th (56.96).

Tallman, Hall, Hone and Nolan Davis combined to take seventh overall in the 800 freestyle relay after recording a time of 7:04.83. Freshman Collin Barton was the lone FC diver on the three-meter board, taking second overall with 398.90 points.

The Grizzlies are off for two weeks before jumping back into dual competition on Friday, Dec. 6 when they head north to take on the Anderson Ravens. Start time is set for 6:00 p.m.