LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's men's swimming team earned five individual wins against Gettysburg on Saturday afternoon, but eventually fell 168-92 in Centennial Conference (CC) action. The Diplomats dropped to 3-5, 2-4 CC while the Bullets improved to 7-1, 5-0 CC.
In the first event of the meet, Gettysburg pulled ahead by taking the top-two spots in the 200-yard medley relay, with the first-place team touching the wall at 1:38.41.
Tim Landon picked up the first win of the day for F&M, earning a victory in the 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 10:09.37. Paul Edwards was next to touch the wall for the Diplomats, placing fourth at 10:34.88.
The Bullets took the top-three spots in the 100-yard backstroke, with Gettysburg's Mike Harmon touching the wall at 52.98 to earn the win. Patrick Musselman paced the Diplomats with a fourth-place finish at 57.73.
In the next event, the Bullets took first in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:03.08. Richard Denton got F&M back on track in the 200-yard butterfly with a first-place finish at 2:03.08.
After a Gettysburg victory in the 50-yard freestyle, Zipp picked up a win in the 100-yard freestyle in 47.42. Chen was the next Diplomat to touch the wall, finishing fourth at 49.62.
In the 200-yard backstroke, Musselman had to settle for a second-place finish with a time of 2:05.44 after Harmon of Gettysburg earned the win at 1:57.55.
Patrick Greaney captured nine points for F&M with a first-place showing in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:17.01. However, the Bullets finished the meet strong, picking up wins in the final four events en route to the 76-point defeat.
The Diplomats return to the pool on Friday, Feb. 22 when F&M hosts day one of the CC Championships. The meet is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.