Diplomats Swimming Strong; Swarthmore Still Looming

Diplomats Swimming Strong; Swarthmore Still Looming

Saturday's Preliminary Results

LANCASTER, Pa. - Tom Grabiak swam an NCAA automatic qualifying time to highlight the men's efforts for Franklin & Marshall during Saturday's preliminary session at the 2010 Centennial Conference (CC) Championships. Grabiak swam the 100-yard breaststroke in 56:03 for the AQ, meet and conference record. He will set his sights on the pool record this evening. The mark of 55.70 is owned by 1996 Olympian Kyle Salyards.

Grabiak will compete without any fellow Diplomats in the final that will feature two swimmers from Swarthmore, the second place team entering tonight's finals.  The Garnet has 11 finalists lined up for the evening session, compared to the Diplomats' 10.

There will be a pair of Diplomats to three Swarthmore swimmers in the 100-yard backstroke, but it's the Diplomats with the top two qualifiers. Matt Jaffee is the top qualifier with an NCAA B-cut mark and meet record of 51.46 this morning. Teammate David Fell followed him to the wall at 54:.44. Swat produced the fifth through eighth qualifiers. F&M's  Jonathan Friere will compete in the consolation finals.

The Diplomats will look to score major points in the 200-yard freestyle. Freshmen Tom Bergstrom and Jake Reingold placed first and third in qualifying while, Conor Finnegan swam seventh. Swarthmore's Neil Palmer is the only finalist with the eighth spot. Bergstrom logged a 1:45.17, with Reingold making his final touch at 1:45.90.

Zach Wilt and David Apple will swim in the finals of the 100-yard butterfly. Wilt was the third qualifier in 52.55, while Apple was seventh at 53.72.Mason Wash and Scott Rownd will race in the event's consolation final.

Travis Catania finished second and Eliot Scymanski finished fourth in 400-yard individual medley. Four members of the Garnet, including top qualifier Tyler Hanson, will swim in the finals. Catania's 4:16.58 was exactly a half-second off of Hanson's pace. Max Blum, Lev i Schy and Jeremy Tourish will swim in the consolation final.

The second session of finals gets underway at McGinness Pool at 6:00 p.m. The night will start with the 200-yard medley relay and wrap up with the 800-yard free relay. All of the action can be viewed live, free of charge, on B2 Networks, the Diplomats' broadband partner on the web. Log onto GoDiplomats.com for details.

Men's Cumulative Meet Highlights  

David Apple - Gold, 400-Yard Medley Relay; Bronze, 200-Yard Freestyle Relay

Tom Bergstrom - Bronze, 50-Yard Freestyle, 200-Yard Freestyle Relay

Ken Dautrich - Bronze, 200-Yard Freestyle Relay

David Fell - Bronze, 200-Yard Individual Medley

Matt Jaffee - Silver, 200-Yard Individual Medley, 400-Yard Medley Relay

Jake Reingold - Gold, 500-Yard Freestyle

Tom Grabiak - Gold, 200-Yard Individual Medley, 400-Yard Medley Relay

Zach Wilt - Gold - 400-Yard Medley Relay ; Bronze, 200-Yard Freestyle Relay

NCAA A-Cuts

Tom Grabiak, 200-Yard Individual Medley (1:51.97); 100-yard Breaststroke (56.03 - Qualifying)

NCAA B-Cuts

Matt Jaffee, 200-Yard Individual Medley (1:54.14); 100-Yard Backstroke (51.46 - Qualifying) (51.96 - 400 M.R.)  

Jake Reingold, 500-Yard Freestyle (4:38.41)

400-Yard Medley Relay: Jaffee, Grabiak, Apple, Wilt (3:26.63)

Championship Records

Tom Grabiak, 200-Yard Individual Medley (1:51.97); 100-yard Breaststroke (56.03 - Qualifying)

Matt Jaffee, 100-Yard Backstroke (51.46 - Qualifying)

400-Yard Medley Relay: Jaffee, Grabiak, Apple, Wilt (3:26.63)