GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's women's swimming team used a balanced effort to finish Day One of the Centennial Conference (CC) Championships in third place. After the second of six sessions, Ursinus leads with 254 points while Gettysburg holds second with 166 followed by the Diplomats in third with 158.
Becca Meyers recorded the top finish of the day for F&M, taking second place in the 500-yard freestyle. The junior finished in 4:59.51 to earn silver and 17 points for the Diplomats. Grace Pereles took first in the consolation final, earning ninth place overall with a time of 5:08.31, and Breann Cavanagh rounded out Diplomat representation in the event by taking 13th in 5:14.66.
F&M used a quality team effort in the 400-yard medley relay as Anna Hess, Melissa Mullin, Kellen McDonald, and Jillian Albus teamed up to take third with a time of 3:59.89. Pereles, Taylor Mateja, Michelle Wall, and Courtney Collins finished third in the B final to take 11th overall.
Albus, Collins, Cavanagh, and Mateja gained further team success in the 200-yard freestyle relay, taking fifth in 1:39.92. The team of Alyson Campbell, Diane Wagner, Stephanie Schick, and Katie Schick came in 13th with a time of 1:42.44.
Mullin turned in a strong individual effort as well, taking sixth in the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:11.51. Collins logged a time of 2:12.00 to take eighth in the same event. McDonald won the B final to take ninth place with a time of 2:11.12, while Hess took 15th in 2:13.58.
Albus earned individual honors of her own in the 50-yard freestyle. Her finals time of 24.61 was good for sixth.
Day Two of the CC Championships begin tomorrow at 11:00 a.m., featuring preliminary heats of the 400-yard IM, 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard freestyle, 100-yard breaststroke, and the 100-yard backstroke.
Meyers - 500-yard freestyle - silver
Hess, Mullin, McDonald, Albus - 400-yard medley relay - bronze