LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's men's swimming team advanced 10 swimmers from this morning's preliminaries into tonight's finals at the F&M Invitational.
The Diplomats started out the day strong, placing five swimmers in the finals of the 500-yard freestyle. Reeves Connolly touched second with a time of 4:53.65, while Tim Landon followed in third-place with a time of 4:55.06.
Teammates Jordan Alter and Patrick Meehan joined Connolly and Landon after placing in the top seven. Alter finished sixth with a time of 5:00.51 and Meehan touched the wall directly behind Alter in seventh at 5:01.61. Paul Edwards qualified for tonight's consolation with a 12th place finish and clocked in at a time of 5:13.79.
In the 200-yard backstroke, Andreas Lair Ferrari and Jack Currie advanced to tonight's final when Ferrari placed second with a time of 2:00.34, while Curry touched fourth at 2:01.12. Steven Latka (2:07.01) advanced to the consolations in the event.
John Zipp and Dennis Chen qualified for tonight's final in the 100-yard freestyle. Zipp placed third with a time of 47.87, while Chen touched sixth at 48.48. Ian Swindell, Matthew Murphy, and Jin Hwang advanced to the consolation, placing 10th, 11th, and 13th respectively.
Richard Denton won the 200-yard butterfly, clocking in at 2:00.05, while Alter placed fifth with a time of 2:06.69. In the next event, the 200-yard individual medley, Currie earned a third-place finish at 2:03.78, while Patrick Greaney finished fourth with a time of 2:04.02.
In the only timed final of the morning, a team of Ferrari, Greaney, Denton, and Chen placed fourth in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:41.28 to earn 30 points toward the Diplomat's final score. The Diplomats remain in first place with 528 points, while Washington & Lee sits in second with 495 points.
The final events of the F&M Invitational are set to take place tonight at 5:00 p.m.