LANCASTER, Pa. – After finishing third in the Centennial Conference (CC) last season, Franklin & Marshall's men's swimming team looks for a return to conference glory in the 2012-13 campaign.
Head coach Ben Delia enters his second season at the helm for the Diplomats leading F&M to a 5-3, 5-1 CC record last year. Under his guidance, the program saw vast improvement from the 2010-11 campaign, in which the team finished 3-8, 3-3 CC.
"Our men's squad is pretty evenly balanced across class years," said Delia. "We have a good mix of leaders between the upperclassmen and underclassmen as well. With exceptional commitment and focus, I think our men will go far this season."
Leading the way for the Diplomats is Tim Landon, who earned All-CC honors in 2011-12. At the CC Championships, Landon took home gold in the 1650 and silver in the 500 free with times of 16:30.03 and 4:41.26.
Zipp enjoyed a breakout season in 2011-12 and will be counted on to lead this year's strong 400 and 800 freestyle relay teams. He finished fourth in the 200 free with a time of 1:43.50 at the championships.
Reingold figures to be one of the top competitors in the conference in the mid-distance and distance freestyle events. He finished fifth in the 500 free with a time of 4:46.07.
Chen and Zipp both captured bronze medals at the event as part of the 200 and 400 free relay teams. Wilt was also a member of the 400 free relay team.
Chen finished in the top eight in the 500 free, placing seventh with a time of 4:51.72.
Anella had a strong showing in the 100 backstroke, placing sixth with a time of 1:00.46.
Returning at sophomore is Richard Dent, who placed seventh with a time of 1:58.72 in the 200 backstroke at the CC Championships. Rounding out the sophomore class is Chen, William Cappuccio and Steven Latka.
Cappuccio placed fifth in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:14.19.
F&M kicks off its season Saturday against Johns Hopkins. The meet is set to begin at 11:00 a.m.