LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall men's swimming placed 10 competitors in the finals on the third and final day of action at the Centennial Conference (CC) Championships. The Diplomats look to move up from fourth place in the team standings tonight when the final session of competition begins at 6:00 p.m.
F&M's strongest performance of the morning came in the 200-yard breaststroke prelims, similar to the 100-yard breaststroke that saw three Diplomats finish in the top five last night. The same three teammates will again compete in the A final tonight, led by Eric Dietrich-Peterson as his time of 1:54.71 placed him in second, just .2 behind the top seed. Jonathon Sinton comes in seeded fifth with a qualifying time of 1:56.48, while Richard Perry took seventh this morning in 1:56.63.
Timothy Gould will aim to reach the podium again tonight after earning bronze in the 100-yard backstroke last night. This morning, he posted a time of 1:54.61 in the 200-yard backstroke, good for fourth place and a spot in the A final as well as another shot at gold. He will be joined in the top final by Jack Currie, whose time of 1:56.49 earned him seventh place. Maxwell Lyons will represent F&M in the B final, as he qualified 12th with a time of 2:00.00.
Daniel Sanders edged his way into another shot at gold as well, qualifying eighth in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 47.23 Already the owner of bronze and silver medals from the relays and a silver medal from the 100-yard butterfly, Sanders will look to build on his medal haul tonight. Keith Kamons will carry the F&M banner in the B final, as his qualifying time of 47.97 tied him for 13th.
Ryan Caffrey and Eric Lang will compete in the B final of the 200-yard breaststroke, with Caffrey coming in as the favorite thanks to a time of 2:10.91 and a ninth-place finish in the prelims. Lang qualified 11th, posting a time of 2:11.48.
Tonight's session will feature the fastest timed final of the 1650-yard freestyle, as well as finals in the 200-yard backstroke, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard breaststroke, 200-yard butterfly, and 400-yard freestyle relay.