Men’s Swimming Season Preview

Men’s Swimming Season Preview

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.

Returning from the 800 free relay team that captured silver at the event are juniors John Zipp and Jake Reingold, as well as sophomore Dennis Chen

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.

Also medaling at the CC Championships was the 200 free relay team that took bronze with a time of 1:26.71. The entire group is returning, led by senior co-captain Zach Wilt and junior Jin Hwang

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.

In addition to Reingold and Wilt, the senior class consists of Ryan Anella, Max Blum, Brian Rackson and team co-captain Tommy Bergstrom.

Anella had a strong showing in the 100 backstroke, placing sixth with a time of 1:00.46.

Led by Landon, the junior class is filled out by Hwang, Zipp, Paul Edwards and Patrick Musselman.

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.

The newcomers include a freshman class of Jordan Alter, Patrick Greaney, Patrick Meehan, Carl Patterson and Rebhi Rabah.

F&M kicks off its season Saturday against Johns Hopkins.  The meet is set to begin at 11:00 a.m.