CHESTERFIELD, Va. – A series of solid individual performances powered Franklin and Marshall women's swimming to a third-place finish at the Yellow Jacket Invitational on Saturday night, hosted by Randolph-Macon. The Diplomats finished the weekend with 461 points, while Washington & Lee earned 939.5 to take the team title.
Anna Hess put together a pair of high finishes in the backstroke events, headlined by a victory in the 200-yard edition, where her time of 2:07.00 was the fastest of the day by more than 2.5 seconds. She was followed by Samantha Hershey, who took seventh in 2:16.00.
Hess also reached the podium in the 100, finishing second in 58.73 after Washington & Lee's Emily Rollo broke the meet record by more than a second to win in 57.17. Hess was backed up by Erin Fago (8th, 1:02.58) and Hershey (11th, 1:03.18) as F&M turned in a deep team performance.
Melissa Mullin added two strong individual performances as well, beginning in the 400-yard IM, where she took second with a mark of 4:40.35. She trailed only KaSandra Kaplan of Howard, who like Rollo of W&L, needed to break the meet record to deny F&M the victory.
Mullin rounded out her meet in style, earning bronze in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:26.72. Michelle Wall finished the race in 2:32.32 to earn seventh, while Jane Posner came in 13th. Wall also notched a top-three finish of her own the 100-yard breaststroke, finishing in 1:09.15 to take third.
Grace Pereles got in on the action in the 1650-yard freestyle, finishing in second with a time of 17:45.02. Randolph-Macon's Kata Kylliainen broke the meet record to win in 17:37.79, but high finishes from Caroline Fry (fourth, 18:03.92) and Rebecca McCain (18:38.88) placed three Diplomats in the top 10.
F&M will not compete again until the new year, next hosting Susquehanna on Sunday, Jan. 15.