LANCASTER, Pa. – Twelve different Franklin & Marshall men's swimmers qualified for 17 spots in Saturday night's finals at the F&M Invitational, giving the Diplomats 493 total points and the fourth-place spot heading into Sunday. Delaware leads the team rankings with 884 points.
Timothy Gould posted the highest F&M finish in the day of the only event that saw two Diplomats appear in the A final, the 100-yard backstroke. Gould took bronze after touching the wall in 53.75, while Jack Currie earned seventh with a time of 54.29. Maxwell Lyons took 16th in the event. Gould also competed in the B final of the 50-yard freestyle, taking 15th overall with a mark of 22.19.
Eric Lang appeared in an A final of his own, clocking a time of 4:21.84 in the 400-yard IM to take eighth place overall and earn 22 points. Jonathan Sinton followed him in 10th place, while Maxwell Lyons took 17th.
Eric Dietrich-Peterson was the only Diplomat to appear in a pair of A finals, with his best performance coming in the 100-yard butterfly where his time of 51.35 was good for fourth place. He was followed by Daniel Sanders in 18th and Cody Kalinowski in 21st in the event.
Dietrich-Peterson led another host of F&M competitors in the finals of the 50 free, marking a time of 22.07 to take eighth place. Sanders followed in 17th, while Keith Kamons slid into 19th.
Ryan Caffrey and Richard Perry also added strong performances for the Diplomats, beginning with Caffrey's 14th place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:15.99). Perry finished 14th in the 200-yard freestyle (1:47.02), and was followed by Reeves Connolly in 22nd.
F&M finished off the day in style, adding a fourth-place finish in the 800-yard freestyle relay. Dietrich-Peterson, Sanders, Perry, and Lang teamed up to clock a time of 7:05.03 and earn 52 points.
The Diplomats return to the pool tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. for prelims of the 200-yard IM, 500-yard freestyle, 200-yard backstroke, 100-yard freestyle, 100-yard breaststroke, and 200-yard butterfly.