CARLISLE, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall’s women’s swim team handed Dickinson its first loss of the season during Centennial Conference (CC) competition on Saturday. The Diplomats (7-4, 6-0 CC) remain perfect in the league this year on the strength of a narrow 111-94 win in the Red Devils’ (7-1, 4-1 CC) pool.
F&M won six of the 11 races to secure the win. The Diplomats raced out to an early lead, winning the first three races of the afternoon.
As they have done throughout the season, Franklin & Marshall’s 200-yard medley relay team jumpstarted the effort with a convincing win. Brittany McCabe, Samantha Sweeney, Jennie Payne and Meghan Karanian combined for a 1:54.95, giving the Diplomats’ entry a better than five seconds on the second place team, another Diplomat quartet. F&M’s “A” squad was the only group to come in under the two-minute mark.
Karanian’s 2:02.08 in the 200-yard freestyle gave F&M an eight-tenths of a second win over Dickinson’s Sarah Boyd. That was the final shot in F&M’s opening Salvo. In between Karanian and company’s effort and Karanian’s solo effort, Olivia Hill bested the field by 20 seconds in the 1,000-yard freestyle. The Diplomats’ freshman came in under the 11:00-minute mark with a 10:58.79, one second off of her top time in the race this season.
Dickinson responded with back-to-back wins. The Devils’ Jessica Hassinger toppled McCabe in the 50-yard freestyle by precisely half-a-second. Hassinger touched at 25.03. That was followed by Elizabeth Schroll’s two-second win over Laura Bassford in the 200-yard individual medley. Schroll swam a 2:16.79.
Karanian, McCabe and Payne reignited the Diplomats with sprint wins. Payne swam a 1:02..04 for first place points in the 100-fly. Bassford picked up the race’s second place points, followed by Dickinson’s Ali Imhoff at 1:03.36. Karanian then posted a 56.14, good enough for a .60-second win over Dickinson’s Eva Kolstad in the 100-free.
McCabe swam a 59.27 in the 100-yard backstroke, .02 seconds off of her top time this season. Her winning time was the only mark under a minute in the race.
Dickinson won the day’s final three races, but was unable to close the gap on the Diplomats.
F&M returns to action next Saturday at home against Gettysburg. The Bullets are currently the only other team that remains unblemished in Centennial action this season.