AKRON, Ohio – In men's swimming action, Franklin & Marshall participated in the first day of the Zippy Invitational, hosted by the University of Akron. After day one, the Diplomats sit in fifth place (219 points), while Indiana University of PA (IUP) sits in first with 570 points followed by Bloomsburg (467.5) and Niagara (412).
The Invite features two Division I schools (Akron and Niagara), plus three Division II schools (Bloomsburg, Clarion and IUP), while F&M is the only Division III school represented.
In the preliminaries this morning, Ryan Caffrey's time of 21.80 in the 50-yard freestyle earned him a spot in the A final, where his time of 21.77 gave the Diplomats points. In the same race, David Burton (22.28), Dennis Chen (22.52), and Richard Perry (23.07) earned spots in the finals where Burton (22.32) gave F&M 11 points in the B final, and Chen (22.53) finished first in the C final, followed by Perry in third (22.76).
Andreas Lair Ferrari's time of 5:07.10 in the 500-yard freestyle advanced him to the B final where he placed third (11th overall) at 4:55.36.
Lang finished with a time of (2:00.24) in the B final, giving the Diplomats some points, while Denton touched the wall at (1:59.31) in the C final to earn points for F&M.
In the 200-yard freestyle relay, Caffrey, Burton, Perry, and Chen placed sixth with a time of 1:27.53 to earn 48 points for the Diplomats.
A team of Denton, Patrick Greaney, Burton, and Caffrey placed sixth in the 400-yard medley relay with a time of 3:36.73, while Lair Ferrari, Lang, Perry, and Chen followed at seventh at 3:37.78.
The Zippy Invite continues tomorrow with preliminaries at 9:00 a.m., followed by finals at 6:00 p.m. Races include the 400-yard individual medley, 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard freestyle, 100-yard breaststroke, and 100-yard backstroke.