LANCASTER, Pa. - Franklin & Marshall's men's swim team qualified 12 swimmers for the championship finals on the second of three days of Centennial Conference Championship competition. Amongst tonight's finalists is Tom Grabiak, who posted an NCAA B-Cut time in the 100-yard breaststroke.
Grabiak swam the race in 56.91 seconds, establishing a new Centennial Conference and championship meet record. The next closest competitor was Lance Liu, at 59.04. Scott Rownd will join Grabiak in the finals, giving F&M a chance to increase on its large lead opened up on Friday.
Three Diplomats will vie for the 400-yard Individual Medley gold. Carey O'Donnell was F&M's top qualifier, swimming a 4:19.97. Greg Mackinnon posted a 4:20.74 while Dan Vogel logged a 4:25.90 to advance to the final in the race. The trio of Diplomats will chase Gettysburg frosh, Pat McDevitt, who touched at 4:16.86.
F&M freshmen David Apple and Mason Wash will gun for gold in the 100-yard butterfly. Apple qualified with a 53.10 and Wash swam a 54.65. Thomas Everett, a Gettysburg freshman, put up the best qualifier at 52.75.
Peter Fishler and Matt Woods were the top qualifiers in the 200-yard freestyle. Fishler swam a 1:43.13 and Woods clocked 1:44.81. Three Diplomats will compete in the 100-yard backstroke. David Fell was the event's top qualifier at 52.81. Matt Jaffee swam a 53.69 for the third best qualifying time. Conor Finnegan posted a 54.15.
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.