LANCASTER, Pa. – Seven first-place finishes, including two each from Timothy Gould, Eric Lang, and Eric Dietrich-Peterson, led Franklin & Marshall men's swimming to a dominant 157-105 victory over Washington College in the first meet of the season on Saturday afternoon. The Diplomats are now 1-0, 1-0 CC while the Shoremen start the season 0-1, 0-1 CC.
Gould started his 2016-17 campaign with a sweep of the backstroke events. He touched the wall first in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 54.59, while his mark of 1:59.76 was also good for first in the 200-yard backstroke.
Dietrich-Petersen followed suit, recording a pair of first-place finishes in his first collegiate competition. In the 200-yard freestyle, his time of 1:46.87 was the fastest time of the day by almost three seconds. In the 100-yard butterfly, he clocked a time of 53.02 to tally his second win of the day, and was backed up by Cody Kalinowski (55.19) in second and Jonathon Sinton (56.38) in third as the Diplomats swept the event.
Lang picked up where he left off after a strong 2015-16 season, taking first place in the 100-yard breaststroke with a mark of 1:01.83, followed closely by Ryan Caffrey in second at 1:02.48. Lang's day continued in the 200-yard IM, taking first again with a time of 2:03.04, before rounding out his day with a second-place effort in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:17.52).
Daniel Sanders added the last win of the day for the Diplomats, sprinting to first place in the 50-yard freestyle with a mark of 22.21. Sanders added a second-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle after posting a time of 50.05.
Several other Diplomats tallied second-place finishes on the day, including two apiece from Sinton and Richard Perry. In the 200-yard freestyle, Perry took second at 1:49.80, while his time of 4:59.40 was also good for second in the 500-yard freestyle. Sinton added silver in the 1000-yard freestyle (10:25.15) and 200-yard butterfly (2:04.89) in addition to his third in the 100 fly.
F&M continues early-season action in the Centennial Conference next Saturday, taking on Swarthmore at 1:00 p.m. on the campus of Bryn Mawr.