Diplomat Men Pick Up First Win


SWARTHMORE, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall’s men’s swim team picked up its first win of the season, edging past Swarthmore 108-97 on Saturday. The Diplomats (1-2, 1-0 CC) split the first four races with the Garnet (1-2, 1-1 CC) before embarking on a four-race tear that powered the win, F&M’s 11th straight in league competition dating back to a 2006 loss the last time the Diplomats swam at Swarthmore

Matt Jaffee, Tom Grabiak, Peter Fishler and Matt Woods got delivered 11 points in the first race with a seven-second win in the 400-yard medley relay. Jaffee, Grabiak and Fishler powered F&M’s win with Fishler answering Swarthmore’s Stephen Shymon’s win in the 1,000-yard freestyle by stealing a tightly contested 200-yard freestyle. Fishler touched at 1:51.32, followed by teammate, Matt Young at 1:52.86, then Swarthmore’s Neal Palmer at 1:52.88.

The Garnet answered right back, handily sweeping the first three places in the 50-yard free. F&M then embarked on its run on the scoreboard.

Jaffee went to work first, taking the 200-I.M. in 2:01.78 followed by Grabiak’s five-second win in the 200-yard butterfly. Fishler then took the 100-yard free by .13 seconds from Swat’s Douglas Gilchrest-Scott, winner of the 50-free. Fishler swam a 49.14. Jaffe struck again, making it four-straight races with a nearly three-second win over teammate David Fell in the 200-yard backstroke. Jaffee’s 2:01.75 was almost six-seconds better than the closest Swarthmore swimmer.

Shymon ended the F&M run by posting a 5:04.56 in the 500-yard free. Conor Finnegan and Eliot Scymanski mitigated the loss of the first place points by taking second and third place, before Grabiak won the 200-yard breaststroke with a 2:13.65, edging out Swat’s Sterling Satterfield at 2:14.28. 

The Garnet closed the gap with 15 points in the final relay, but the four-race gash proved too much to overcome for Swat’s swimmers.

With the win, the Diplomats move to 1-2 on the year with a 1-0 mark in Centennial competition. F&M returns to the pool on Friday evening when the Diplomats host Washington in a CC meet.