ASHLAND, Va. – On Saturday, Franklin & Marshall wrapped up competition at the Yellow Jacket Invitational hosted by Randolph-Macon, placing third out of ten teams. The Diplomats finished with 429 points, while Washington & Lee took home team honors with 717 points.
A series of strong performances in the relays buoyed F&M throughout the day. In the 200-yard medley relay, Timothy Gould, Ryan Caffrey, Richard Perry, and Daniel Sanders took third with a time of 1:38.60. In the 400-yard freestyle relay, Caffrey and Sanders teamed up with Matthew Murphy and Keith Kamons to clock a time of 3:12.70, good for third overall. F&M took fifth in the final relay of the day, as Perry, Murphy, Gould, and Eric Lang finished the 800-yard freestyle relay in 7:13.11.
Gould also found individual success, posting the Diplomats' highest finish of the day as he took third in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:59.16. He was followed by Jack Currie in 12th with a time of 2:04.32, and Justin Atkinson, whose time of 2:11.18 placed him 19th.
Gould rounded out his day in the 100-yard backstroke, placing ninth at 55.32 while Atkinson took 14th at 59.18.
Sanders produced a pair of high individual finishes as well, in the 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly. In the freestyle, Sanders finished in 48.14 to take fourth, closely followed by Caffrey in 13th with a time of 48.80. In the butterfly, Sanders claimed sixth after clocking a time of 52.77, just barely beating his teammate Perry, who took seventh at 52.81.
Perry led the Diplomats in the 200-yard butterfly, taking fourth after finishing in 1:59.81. David Burton was next in for F&M, taking ninth at 2:01.52.
In the longest event of the day, the 1650-yard freestyle, Patrick Greaney led the Diplomat charge, finishing fourth overall with a time of 16:58.42. He was joined in the event by Reeves Connolly (13th, 17:29.95) and Jordan Alter (14th, 17:32.99).
F&M also received quality performances in the breaststroke events, as Lang took sixth in the 200-yard edition with a time of 2:14.81. In the 100, Caffrey came in at 1:00.70 to record a seventh-place finish.
The Diplomats return to the pool after the holiday break, heading to Susquehanna University for a dual meet on Saturday, Jan. 16.