LANCASTER, Pa. - Dennis Chen captured the individual title in the 200 freestyle in near record-breaking time to pace the Franklin & Marshall men's swimming team to a second-place standing at the conclusion of day one of the F&M Invitational on Saturday at McGinness Pool. The Diplomats have amassed 493.5 points and sit behind only Washington & Lee (697) heading into Sunday's final session. Ramapo (316), Susquehanna (271) and St. Mary's (Md.) (268) make up the remainder of the top five.
Chen secured the lone victory of the evening in the 200 freestyle for the Diplomats, nearly setting a new school record along the way. The freshman finished in 1:42.74, just .36 seconds shy of Mark Woodall's mark set in 2004. John Zipp took fifth in the event with a time of 1:46.36, while Jin Hwang also earned points for the Diplomats with an 11th-place finish in 1:50.95.
David Fell also had a stellar second session for F&M, placing second in the 100 back (52.85) and also teaming up for top-three finishes in both the 800 freestyle relay and 200 medley relay. The senior was joined by Zipp, Richard Denton and Chen in the 800 freestyle as the group took second with a mark of 7:06.89. Earlier in the evening he teamed with William Cappuccio, Zach Wilt and Zipp to finish third in the 200 medley relay at 1:38.11.
Cappuccio also earned a third-place result in the 100 breastroke with a mark of 1:01.94. Tim Landon put together a top-five finish in the 400 IM, nabbing fourth in 4:19.06, while Denton made his way into the top-five in the 100 butterfly at 52.62.
The Diplomats conclude the F&M Invitational on Sunday, Dec. 4 with session three set to begin at 10:00.