CHESTERFIELD, Va. – Franklin & Marshall women's swimming returned to the pool on Friday for day one of the Yellow Jacket Invitational, hosted by Randolph-Macon. After the first session of competition the Diplomats held fourth place out of 10 teams with 119 points, while leaders Washington & Lee collected 310.
Grace Pereles turned in a strong performance in the 500-yard freestyle, clocking the second-fastest time of the day at 5:09.28. She was followed by Caroline Fry in 13th (5:21.50) and Rebecca McCain in 17th (5:26.15).
Melissa Mullin led a deep team effort in the 200-yard IM, finishing sixth with a mark of 2:14.61. Right behind her was Anna Hess in seventh at 2:15.01, with teammates Michelle Wall (12th) and Jane Posner (20th) next to touch the wall for F&M.
Erin Fago led the Diplomats in a massive field for the 50-yard freestyle, taking 18th out of 80 with a time of 25.59. Samantha Hershey, Colleen Lawlor, and Katherine Hirsch all finished in the top half for F&M.
The Diplomats wrapped up day one by claiming third place in the 400-yard medley relay. Hess, Mullin, Pereles, and Hirsch teamed up for a time of 4:02.62 to take bronze. Hershey, Wall, Lawlor, and Fago also performed well, earning 11th place in 4:14.60.
F&M returns to the pool tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. for the second session of the Yellow Jacket Invitational, with the third and final session scheduled for 5:00 p.m.