Bullets in Diplomats Crosshairs
LANCASTER, Pa. -- Franklin & Marshall's women's team entered Sunday trailing Gettysburg by 33.5 points. The Diplomats will throw 13 swimmers at the problem with nine swimmers in the championship finals and four in the consolation finals. They will contend with seven Bullets in the championships and four more in the consolations on the Centennial Conference's final night of Championship competition.
The 1,650-yard free is broken up over the day's two sessions. F&M has six swimmers, compared to the Bullets four, vying for those points.
About 14 hours after posting an automatic qualifier in the 100-yard backstroke, Brittany McCabe set the tone for the day, advancing to the finals in the 200-yard version of the stroke with an NCAA B-Cut time of 2:07.21.
The Diplomats will look to gain ground in the 200-yard butterfly, having qualified three for the finals and two for the consolation finals. Gettysburg will field one swimmer in both the consolation and championship. First-year Olivia Hill was F&M's top qualifier in the fly with a 2:12.94. Laura Bassford and Emily Zacherl qualified in sixth and eighth place with respective marks of 2:15.67 and 2:19.10.
Meghan Karanian raced to the fourth best qualifying time in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 55.54. She will chase down Washington's Kathy Gerhart and Gettysburg's Maggie Mulderrig, who posted the top qualifiers at 53.73 and 53.74, respectively.
F&M established the first and third best qualifying marks in the 200-yard breaststroke. First-years, Samantha Sweeney and Katherine DeCrosta clocked respective times of 2:30.51 and 2:31.79. Swarthmore's Stephanie Su was sandwiched between the fummers with a 2:31.60.
The final session of the three-day championship gets underway at 6:00 p.m. Real-time results and live video are available on GoDiplomats.com.