LANCASTER, Pa. – A pair of quality performances from Melissa Mullin and Kellen McDonald in the 400-yard IM highlighted Franklin & Marshall's night at session four of the Centennial Conference (CC) Women's Swimming Championships on Saturday evening. The Diplomats moved up to fifth place with a total of 277 points after the second day of competition, while Ursinus holds the lead with 567.
Mullin and McDonald both got a crack at gold in the A final of the 400-yard IM. Mullin cruised to her first medal of the weekend, as her time of 4:39.43 was good for third place in the event. McDonald followed in sixth place, racking up 13 points with a mark of 4:45.11.
Michelle Wall competed in the A final of the 100-yard breaststroke, successfully earning 14 points after her time of 1:07.28 was good for fifth place. Erin Smith took on the B final, clocking a time of 1:12.15 to take 16th.
Grace Pereles continued to lead F&M in the freestyle events, this time pacing the Diplomats in the 200-yard freestyle as her time of 1:58.40 was good for seventh. Katherine Hirsch led a pair of Diplomats in the B final, taking second in the heat and 10th overall with a time of 1:58.27, while Caroline Fry took 13th in 1:58.56.
Colleen Lawlor added 12 points of her own in the 100-yard butterfly, recording a time of 59.75 to take seventh place.
A strong relay effort gave F&M fourth in the 800-yard freestyle relay, as the team of Pereles, Hirsch, Fry, and Diane Wagner totaled a time of 7:56.25. In the B final, McDonald, Mullin, Anelise Browne, and Rebecca McCain teamed up to take 12th in 8:06.28.
Hess, Mullin, Lawlor, and Erin Fago paced F&M in the night's other relay, placing sixth in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:49.49. Hershey, Wall, Pereles, and Jillian Albus took third in the B final to earn 11th overall, recording a time of 1:51.52.
The final day of competition begins tomorrow at 10:00 a.m., with prelims scheduled in the 200-yard backstroke, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard breaststroke, 200-yard butterfly, and timed finals of the 1650-yard freestyle.
Mullin - 400-yard IM - bronze