LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall men's swimming heads to Gettysburg for the four-day Centennial Conference (CC) Championships, beginning with the first of seven sessions on Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. Preliminary heats will be conducted during the morning sessions, followed by finals in the evening, with the last session scheduled for Sunday night. The Diplomats are seeking a ninth team championship and their first since 2010.
Gettysburg leads all schools with 15 titles in the Conference's 25 years of history while F&M stands at eight.
Last year, Gettysburg took its most recent title with a 759.5 team score. Swarthmore followed with 543.5, then Washington with 517 and F&M took fourth with 502 team points.
F&M earned 12 medals at last season's Champs, four relays and eight individual, which was the most since the 2010 title team.
F&M's relay teams look to set the tone with every relay team holding the top seed in this year's Championships.
After taking home silver in both the 50- and 100-yard freestyle, Christopher Schiavone is on the hunt for the gold with the top times in the 50-yard (20.49) and the 100-yard (44.49), which was good for a program record earlier this year. The sophomore also enters the weekend second in the 200-yard freestyle (1:42.34).
Alec Wahl and Timothy Gould will represent F&M in the backstroke events after medaling last year. Senior Gould ranks second in the 100-yard (51.11) and fourth in the 200-yard (1:55.54). Wahl sits second in the 200-yard (1:53.37) and third in the 100-yard (51.49).
F&M's first years look to make an immediate impact as Thomas Graminski enters the weekend first in the 100-yard breaststroke (58.28), second in the 200-yard IM (1:54.24) and 200-yard breaststroke (2:06.64). Brendan Cline is in the medal hunt in the 50-yard freestyle (fifth – 21.46) and 100-yard butterfly (second – 51.19).
The CC Championship event now spans four days. Thursday evening will have two relays, the 200 Medley, and 800 Freestyle, then Friday-Sunday will only have one relay per day. This format is modeled after DI Championships to allow sufficient rest between relays and individual events so that athletes can perform to the best of their capabilities.
Weekend Information and Ticketing
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Order of Events
Thursday, Feb. 21
Saturday, Feb. 23
|FINALS, 7 p.m.||PRELIMS, 10 a.m.|
|Events 1/2||Events 15/16|
|200 medley relay||400 individual medley|
|Events 3/4||Events 17/18|
|800 freestyle relay||100 butterfly|
Friday, Feb. 22
|PRELIMS, 10 a.m.||100 breaststroke|
|Events 5/6||Events 23/24|
|500 freestyle||100 backstroke|
|200 individual medley||FINALS, 6 p.m.|
|Events 9/10||Events 13/14|
|50 freestyle||200 freestyle relay|
|FINALS, 6 p.m.||400 individual medley|
|Events 5/6||Events 17/18|
|500 freestyle||100 butterfly|
|Events 7/8||Events 19/20|
|200 individual medley||200 freestyle|
|Events 9/10||Events 21/22|
|50 freestyle||100 breaststroke|
|Events 11/12||Events 23/24|
|400 medley relay||100 backstroke|
Sunday, Feb. 24
|PRELIMS, 10 a.m.|
|1650 freestyle (timed final)*|
|FINALS, 5 p.m.|
|1650 freestyle (timed final)*|
|400 freestyle relay|
* NOTE: 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.