LANCASTER, Pa. – A strong team performance has allowed the men of the Franklin & Marshall swim team to hold onto fifth place at the conclusion of day two of the F&M Invitational. The Diplomats have so far earned 607 points, while leaders Delaware have tallied 1100.
F&M first flexed its' collective muscle in the only final of the morning, taking fifth in the 800-yard freestyle relay. The team of Richard Perry, Matthew Murphy, Eric Lang, and Daniel Sanders finished with a time of 7:15.02 to claim 50 points for the Diplomats.
Another fine example of F&M's depth at work came in the 50-yard freestyle as the Diplomats advanced four swimmers into the finals. Sanders earned fifth (21.82), Murphy took 14th (22.61), Ryan Caffrey claimed 16th (22.70), and Keith Kamons finished 21st (22.72).
In the 100-yard butterfly, the Diplomats took sixth, 11th, and 22nd as a team. Perry led the charge, taking sixth overall with a time of 52.94. Cody Kalinowski took third in the B final, clocking a time of 53.84 to take 11th overall, and Tyler Zlupko rounded F&M's participation in the event, taking 22nd and finishing in 54.69.
A different trio of Diplomats followed the same script in the 100-yard backstroke, this time led by Timothy Gould who claimed seventh with a time of 54.36. Jack Currie's time of 56.24 was good for 14th, while Justin Atkinson took 22nd with a time of 58.42.
Other top performers on the day included the team of Gould, Lang, Perry, and Caffrey (eighth in the 200-yard medley relay) and Patrick Greaney (ninth in the 400-yard IM).
The Diplomats return tomorrow for the final day of the F&M Invitational, with the morning session set to begin at 9:00 a.m. and the final session taking place at 5:00 p.m.