Diplomats Bedevil Dickinson
LACNASTER, Pa. - Olivia Hill's early swims helped Franklin & Marshall to an unassailable lead as the Diplomats (6-2, 6-0 CC) played poor hosts to Dickinson. Hill won the first two individual races of the day, following a 15-point start in the relays of 116-84 triumph at the Red Devils' (4-4, 2-3 CC) expense.
Hill cruised to a win in the 1,000-yard free in 10:59.81, to start a Diplomat trifecta. Ana Franzluebbers touched second in 11:10.72, followed by Kelly Cox at 11:31.46 giving the Diplomats an early 16-point boost. The trend continued in the second individual race, the 200-yard freestyle. Once again it was Hill collecting the nine points in first with a 2:02.29, edging out Dickinson's Sarah Boyd at 2:02.53. Garland Bartlett gave F&M third place points in the race.
The F&M foursome of Krista Hollingsworth, Katherine DeCrosta, Courtney Gregor and Jackie Behr set the tone for the day, winning the 200-yard medley relay in 1:57.04. They were followed to the wall by another F&M quartet that included senior Jennie Payne. Swimming in her last home dual meet, Payne gave F&M first place points in the 100-yard fly, swimming to a 10:03.41 to edge out Hill at 1:03.72. Lindsey Todd took third for F&M.
Sweeping the first three places was a consistent theme for the day. Bartlett, Rebecca Rice and Lauren Seigel went one, two, three in the 500-yard freestyle. Bartlett logged a 5:24.92.
The Diplomats close out the dual meet season next Saturday at Gettysburg. Meet time is set for 1:00 p.m.