F&M Sets Sights On CC Championships

F&M Sets Sights On CC Championships

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LANCASTER, Pa. – The Franklin & Marshall men's swimming team begins competition at the 2015-16 Centennial Conference (CC) Championships on Friday, with sessions scheduled for 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. The three-day event, hosted by Gettysburg, will feature six separate periods of competition, two per day with the final session scheduled for Sunday night at 6:00 p.m.

A video previewing the week's competition can be viewed here.

The Diplomats enter the championships with a 3-5 overall record and a 2-4 mark in the conference, looking to build off of quality late-season performances that included dramatic victories over McDaniel and Ursinus on Jan. 29 and Feb. 5, respectively.

F&M is seeking its first CC Team Championship since 2010 after falling just short in 2014-15, taking third place with 499 points behind winners Gettysburg (763.5) and runners-up Washington (594).

The Bullets and Diplomats account for all 21 of the previously contested championships, with the Bullets winning a total of thirteen while the Diplomats have collected eight. Last year's title was the fifth straight for Gettysburg, dating back to the Diplomats' last title in 2010.

Several current F&M swimmers have experienced success at past CC Championships, most notably sophomore Ryan Caffrey. Caffrey put together quite a medal haul at last year's conference meet, headlined by his victory in the 100-yard breaststroke. He also claimed silver along with Dennis Chen, Richard Denton, and Andreas Lair Ferrari in the 200-yard freestyle relay while the team of Caffrey, Chen, David Burton, and Matthew Murphy took bronze in the 800-yard freestyle relay.

Joining Caffrey, Burton, and Murphy in the hunt to return to the podium is sophomore Eric Lang, last season's CC runner-up in the 200-yard IM. Lang's time of 2:14.81 in the 200-yard breaststroke is the fifth fastest time in the conference this year, while the sophomore also has top-eight times in the 200- and 400-yard IM.

Several other Diplomats have posted times near the top of the CC charts and look to make their mark this weekend. Earlier this season, Patrick Greaney posted a time of 16:58.42 in the 1650-yard freestyle, the sixth fastest time in the CC this year. The senior captain also owns the seventh-fastest time in the 400-yard IM.

Cody Kalinowski enters the championships as the No. 3 seed in the 200-yard butterfly. Only Kiernan Jordan of Dickinson and Tyler Cummings of Washington bettered his time of 1:59.64.

Timothy Gould looks to reach the podium in the 100-yard backstroke where he is seeded seventh and the 200-yard backstroke where he is seeded fifth. His time of 1:56.94 is just 2.19 behind Gettysburg's Jakob Hegna, who owns the top time in the 100-yard edition (1:54.75).

Order of Events

Day One Preliminaries | Friday, Feb. 19 | 11:00 a.m.

3/4          500-yard Freestyle

5/6          200-yard Individual Medley

7/8          50-yard Freestyle

 

Day One Finals | Friday, Feb. 19 | 7:00 p.m.

1/2          200-yard Freestyle Relay

3/4          500-yard Freestyle

5/6          200-yard Individual Medley

7/8          50-yard Freestyle

(20 Minute Break)

9/10        400-yard Medley Relay

 

Day Two Preliminaries | Saturday, Feb. 20 | 10:00 a.m.

13/14     400-yard Individual Medley

15/16     100-yard Butterfly

17/18     200-yard Freestyle

19/20     100-yard Breaststroke

21/22     100-yard Backstroke

 

Day Two Finals | Saturday, Feb. 20 | 6:00 p.m.

11/12           200-yard Medley Relay

13/14           400-yard Individual Medley

15/16           100-yard Butterfly

17/18           200-yard Freestyle

19/20           100-yard Breaststroke

21/22           100-yard Backstroke

(20 Minute Break)

23/24           800-yard Freestyle Relay

 

Day Three Preliminaries | Sunday, February 21 | 10:00 a.m.

27/28     200-yard Backstroke

29/30     100-yard Freestyle

31/32     200-yard Breaststroke

33/34     200-yard Butterfly

20 Minute Break

25/26     1,650-yard Freestyle (timed final)*

 

Day Three Finals | Sunday, February 21 | 6:00 p.m.

25/26     1,650-yard Freestyle (timed final)*

27/28     200-yard Backstroke

29/30     100-yard Freestyle

31/32     200-yard Breaststroke

33/34     200-yard Butterfly

20 Minute Break

35/36     400-yard Freestyle Relay

* - All heats of the 1,650-yard freestyle, except the final heat, will be contested at the conclusion of the preliminary session.  The heats will be swum fastest to slowest, alternating women and men.  The fastest heat of the event will be contested in the Finals.