February 21, 2009

Women Move Seven Into Championship Finals

Session 3 Results

LANCASTER, Pa. - Franklin & Marshall's women's swim team propelled seven swimmers into tonight's championship finals at McGinness Pool. 12 swimmers will appear in the consolation finals.

Brittany McCabe will be the Diplomats lone finalist in the 100-yard backstroke. The All-American in the event swam an NCAA B-Cut time of 57.88, the top qualifying mark for the event. The Diplomats will field two finalists in the 100-yard breaststroke. First-years Katherine DeCrosta and Samantha Sweeney each qualified for a shot at gold with a DeCrosta posting a 1:09.91 and Sweeney swimming a 1:10.40.

The Diplomats will also race three swimmers in the 400-yard Individual Medley championship finals. Laura Bassford clocked the top F&M-qualifying mark with a 4:49.97. Claire Mansbach logged a 4:51.31 to advance while Emily Zacherl posted a 4:53.60. Anne Bollinger, Brittany Gray and Lauren Seigel will all compete in the consolation final of the same event.

Saturday's finals begin at 6:00 p.m. You can follow the action several ways. Real-time results and live video are available on GoDiplomats.com. The Centennial Conference is hosting a live blogging-chat session throughout each of the championship finals. The chat can be accessed on Centennial.org.