Season in Review: 2018-19 F&M Men’s Swimming

Season in Review: 2018-19 F&M Men’s Swimming

Schedule/Results | Team Photo 

Franklin & Marshall's men's swimming team delivered one of the best campaigns in program history, sending a program-high six members to NCAA Championships from March 20-23 who brought home 10 All-America honors.

The Diplomats broke nine programs records throughout the season and finished in third-place at the Centennial Conference (CC) Championships on Feb. 21-24, winning 13 medals, the program's most since F&M's 2009 title team.  

Christopher Schiavone '21 led the Diplomats in Greensboro during NCAAs, taking home fourth-place in the 100-yard Freestyle with a CC record-setting time of 43.97. The sophomore also notched an eighth-place finish in the 50-yard Freestyle (20.22) to earn two All-America First Team honors. 

Schiavone was joined by Brendan Cline '22, Timothy Gould '19, and Daniel Sanders '19 in the 200-yard Freestyle Relay, finishing with a time of 1:22.97 to take 15th and earn All-America Honorable Mention recognition. The 800-yard Freestyle Relay team of Cline, Gould, Alec Wahl '21, and Schiavone also earned All-America Honorable Mention status with a 16th-place finish (6:50.69). 

The Diplomats delivered a strong start to the season, ending 2018 with a second-place finish out of 11 teams at the annual F&M Invitational from Nov. 16-18 with top finishes from Wahl, Thomas Graminski '22, and Schiavone.

F&M closed out the regular season with gusto as the Diplomats took their final two duals by identical 133-129 scores, including their first head-to-head win against Gettysburg since the 2009-10 season. 

In the fall, the team received recognition for its work outside of the pool by being named a Scholar All-America Team by the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA). To earn the honor, teams were required to post a GPA of 3.0 or higher for the fall semester.