BRYN MAWR, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall split a pair of dual meets at Bryn Mawr on Saturday afternoon, defeating the host Owls 209.5-46.5 while dropping a 162-100 decision to Swarthmore. The split moved the Diplomats' record to 2-1, 2-1 CC on the year.
Grace Pereles took the competition by storm on Saturday, recording a trio of individual victories to lead F&M. Her first win came in the 1,000-yard freestyle, finishing with a time of 11:05.72. She was followed by Rebecca McCain, who took third in 11:34.25.
Pereles, a Potomac, Md. native, again topped the podium in the 200-yard butterfly, clocking a time of 2:15.20. That finish was just ahead of her teammate Diane Wagner, who took third in 2:22.47. She then rounded out her day in the 100-yard butterfly, again taking first as she turned in a time of 1:01.23.
Melissa Mullin also took top honors for F&M, finishing the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:31.15 to take first place. She added a second-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke, touching the wall in 1:09.85, and finished her day in the 200-yard IM, where she took third in 2:18.91.
Katherine Hirsch recorded a pair of second-place finishes on the day. In the 100-yard free she posted a time of 56.03 to take second, while her mark of 2:02.79 was also good for second in the 200-yard freestyle. In the 200 she was followed by Caroline Fry, who took third in 2:03.91. Fry earned a silver finish of her own in the 500-yard freestyle, clocking a time of 5:28.75.
Anna Hess reached the podium on two occasions, beginning in the 100-yard backstroke where she took second in 1:01.83. She backed that up with a third-place finish in the 200-yard edition, touching in 2:14.24.
Erin Fago added a third-place finish as well, finishing the 50-yard freestyle in 25.70.
F&M returns to the pool on Friday, taking on Johns Hopkins in a nonconference meet at 6:00 p.m. in Baltimore.