LANCASTER, Pa. – A pair of first-place finishes from Katherine Hirsch and Anna Hess powered Franklin & Marshall women's swimming to a tight 134-128 victory over Washington College on Saturday in the opening day of the 2016-17 women's swimming season. With the win, the Diplomats opened the season 1-0, 1-0 CC while the Shorewomen fall to 0-1, 0-1 CC.
Hirsch wasted no time notching her first collegiate victory, racing to a first-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:02.73. She went on to repeat the feat in the 100-yard freestyle, cruising to another top finish after clocking a time of 56.15.
Anna Hess opened her sophomore season on the right foot by matching Hirsch's production, beginning with a victory in the 100-yard backstroke (1:01.18). Later, she finished off her sweep of the backstroke events by winning the 200-yard backstroke in 2:13.72, before finishing off her night with a second-place finish in the 200-yard IM (2:17.02).
The victor in the 200-yard IM was fellow Diplomat Melissa Mullin, the defending conference champion in the event, who staked her claim as one of the CC's best by winning in 2:16.57. She also added a pair of second-place finishes, starting in the 100-yard breaststroke where her time of 1:09.82 was just .01 shy of tying for first. She took silver again in the 200-yard breaststroke, finishing in 2:31.68.
Grace Pereles finished second in two events as well, recording a time of 11:05.66 to earn silver in the 1000-yard freestyle. She added another second place in the 100-yard butterfly, touching the wall in 1:02.16.
Diane Wagner added her own second in the 200-yard butterfly, kicking off the 2016-17 campaign with a time of 2:22.49. Freshman Caroline Fry took silver in the 500-yard freestyle (5:25.55), while classmate Erin Fago also took second in the 50-yard freestyle (25.77).
The Diplomats continue CC action next Saturday, traveling to Bryn Mawr for competition with Swarthmore and the host Owls at 1:00 p.m.