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RECAP | Grizzlies Find Success in Relays, Sweep Team Titles at Colonel Classic

Photo: Angie Palmer
Photo: Angie Palmer

DANVILLE, Ky. – The Franklin swimming and diving teams resumed competition on Friday and Saturday (Jan. 10-11), taking part in the Colonel Classic on the campus of Centre College. 

The first competition of the new year proved to be a fruitful one, as both teams ended the weekend with invitational victories. The Grizzly women racked up 565 points to best host Centre College by 30 points while the men leap-frogged the Colonels on day two to finish with 616 points.

Franklin held court in the five relay events, with the women sweeping first place in each race and the men claiming all three relays on day two. Day one saw the women's 200 freestyle team of Courtnee Coffman, Ashley Snoke, Jacqueline Richard and Brynna Sentel finish in 1:39.36 and later in the night, Sentel, Coffman, Snoke and Caileigh McCafferty claimed the 400 medley relay in 4:04.83.

The second day opened with the first of three relay sweeps in the 200 medley relay. The women's team saw McCafferty, Snoke, Richard and Coffman race to a time of 1:52.73 while the men sent out Zach Rayce, Jack Heim, Noah Tallman and Shane O'Sullivan to win with a mark of 1:39.87.

Samantha Hinkleman, August Hartzell, McCafferty and Sentel rolled to a win in the 800 freestyle relay in 8:06.00 and the men's team of Rayce, Tallman, Haim and James Hone set a pool record time in 7:13.83. In the final relay of the weekend, the 400 freestyle, McCafferty, Richard, Sentel and Coffman closed out with a time of 3:40.28 while the men's team of O'Sullivan, Tallman, Hone and Ben Doss touched the wall in 3:16.49.

Individually, Sentel claimed three race wins and set new pool records throughout the weekend. The Sullivan, Ill.-native opened the weekend with a time of 5:11.34 in the 500 freestyle and followed it up with winning times in both the 200 freestyle (1:56.17) and the 100 backstroke (1:00.67).

Coffman picked up wins in two races to go along with one runner-up finish. The New Palestine, Ind.-native earned her first victory in the 50 free (24.78) and picked up her second win in the 100 free (53.85) while finishing second to Sentel in the 100 backstroke (1:03.20). Snoke was the only other Grizzly to claim first place over the weekend, besting the field in the 100 breaststroke in 1:11.36.

Other noteable finishers for the women included Hartzell taking second in the 400 IM (4:57.72) and 200 breaststroke (2:34.95) and Anna Perkins taking second in the 200 butterfly (2:17.62).

Junior Charlie Hall picked up the Grizzlies' lone event win on the men's side, besting the field in the 400 IM in 4:23.40. Earlier in the weekend, the Owensboro, Ky. claimed valuable points with a third-place spot in the 200 IM in 2:01.83. Fellow junior Noah Tallman claimed runner-up finishes in all three of his events; the 500 free (4:54.71), 100 fly (52.83) and 200 fly (2:01.83).

Freshman Shane O'Sullivan snagged second place finishes in both the 50 free (22.62) and 100 free (50.68), a finish matched by Rayce in the 100 backstroke (55.45). Hone also earned a runner-up finish in the 200 free (1:48.20) and claimed an additional third-place finish in the 200 backstroke (2:01.22).

A pair of freshman helped Franklin sweep first place on the one-meter board and both did so in dominant fashion. Faith Jackson's score of 431.32 was more than 200 points better than second place while Collin Barton racked up 462.07 points to finish well ahead of his competitors.

The Grizzlies are back in action next Friday and Saturday (Jan. 17-18) in Hudsonville, Mich. when they enter a four-way dual with Hope College, DePauw and Albion.