Women's Swimming Swats Swarthmore

Women's Swimming Swats Swarthmore


SWARTHMORE, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall swept the first nine events before going into exhibition-mode to pick up a 130-65 Centennial Conference win over Swarthmore on Saturday. The Diplomats (2-2, 2-0 CC) logged the best time in all 11 events, avenging last year’s defeat and handing the Garnet (2-1, 1-1 CC) their first loss of the season.

Olivia Hill won the 1,000-yard freestyle with a ten-second edge on teammate, Emily Zacherl. Hill touched at 11:01.92 in the first of her pair of individual wins. She edged out fellow frosh, Garland Bartlett and Zacherl in the 500-yard free. The trio of Diplomats delivered nine points in the race with Hill setting the benchmark at 5:26.41, followed by Bartlett (5:28.64) and Zacherl (5:29.81).

Bartlett delivered first place points in the 200-yard freestyle swimming to a 2:02.76 to edge out F&M’s Meghan Karanian who touched at 2:03.51. Karanian squeezed out a .59-second win over teammate Katherine DeCrosta in the 100-yard free with a 56.42. That pair of swimmers combined with Brittany McCabe and Jennie Payne to start the Diplomats on a strong note, easily winning the 400-yard medley relay.

For McCabe, the afternoon was business as usual. She cruised to first place in the 200-yard backstroke with nearly eight seconds over F&M’s Denie Kossuth, and 12 seconds over the closest Swat swimmer. She also gathered the first place points in the 50-yard free with a 25.27 to best Swarthmore’s Naomi Glassman at 26.13. Payne took third at 26.14.

Payne joined Bartlett, Lindsey Todd and Lauren Seigel for the best time in the 400-yard free relay. Their 3:51.86 was almost 20 seconds better than Swarthmore’s entry.

Laura Bassford won both of her individual races. The Diplomats swept the top three spots in the 200-I.M. with Bassford touching first (2:17.06), followed by DeCrosta (2:19.28) and Samantha Sweeney (2:19.94).

With the win, the Diplomats improve to .500 on the season at 2-2, and are unbeaten in the Centennial at 2-0. F&M returns to the pool on Friday evening when the Diplomats host Washington in a CC meet.