LANCASTER, Pa. -- Six meet records fell during the first ten events of the 2009 Franklin & Marshall Invitational. One record was topped by the Diplomats' Tom Grabiak to help F&M to second place amongst the ten competing men's teams. None of the meet records were reset by and F&M woman, but with the first of three sessions in the books, the Diplomats are in fourth place out of the dozen women's teams competing.
Grabiak punched up a new invitational record in the 200-yard individual medley with a 1:56.11. He was followed to the wall by teammate, Matt Jaffee at 1:57.78. The Diplomats delivered a spate of points in the event. Travis Catania offered F&M the 11 points associated with eighth place, posting a time of 2:02.40.
Grabiak and Jaffee each contributed legs on the winning 400-yard medley relay. The seniors joined with classmate, Peter Fishler, and freshman, Zach Wilt, for a 3:32.02 and a .22 second win over TCNJ's quartet. Fishler, Wilt, David Apple and Tom Bergstrom were edged by TCNJ's entry in the 200-yard free relay. The Lions' entry held nearly a second on F&M's 1:27.06.
The women's 200-free relay, the first event of the day, saw the first meet benchmark reset. TCNJ's foursome posted a 1:38.30 for the record, giving them a 2.18 cushion on the field. F&M gained fourth place points in the race. Washington's Rachel Glasser reset the meet record in the 500-yard freestyle. The Shorewoman posted a 5:00.21 for a 10.16 second win. F&M first-years Rebecca Rice and Ana Franzluebbers contributed seventh and 10th place points in the event.
Stephanie Jeppesen from Kutztown continued the assault on the meet record book, taking down the third women's record in as many races. Jeppesen logged a 2:08.61 in the 200-yard I.M. for a new F&M Invite record. She helped her 400-yard medley relay team to a 4:00.20 for the record and first place points. KU is in second place after one session with 177, 17 points behind TCNJ. Washington College is in third place with 113 points, followed by the hosts with 95.
Additional meet records were topped on the men's side. TCNJ's Mike Vernoia swam the 500-yard free in 4:34.10. The Lions placed swimmers in four of the top five places in the race to take a strong lead by the end of the first session. TCNJ scored 247.5 points, followed by F&M at 183. Rowan is third entering the second session with a 122. Gettysburg was the only other school to hit triple digits in scoring with 102 points in the first five men's races.
Swimming resumes at 6:00 p.m. this evening in snowy Lancaster.