Women's Sports: 10-6
LANCASTER, Pa. - Franklin & Marshall College athletics have been around for a long time - with the first intercollegiate athletic event of record being a baseball game that occurred in 1877.
Throughout the years, many records were set by talented Diplomat student-athletes. Some of those records have either stood the test of time or have set the bar so high, that they are unlikely ever to be broken.
Throughout July, we'll take a look at a handful of those impressive individual feats and compile a top-10 unbreakable records list for both men's and women's sports.
To view the F&M women's sports - No.'s 10-6 - Unbreakable Records, click here.
Many incredible, difficult-to-top feats will be left out from this list. However, the hope is to shine on a light on the records that stand out the most in the F&M history books as we count down our favorites.
Men's Sports - No.'s 10-6
No. 10 - Tom Grabiak '10 – Men's Swimming - 2:01.66 - 200-Yard Breaststroke
Grabiak's prolific career features six All-America honors and three individual program records. His most-notable mark occurred on March 21, 2009, at the NCAA Division III Championships, where he placed sixth in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:01.66.
The record time reset both the F&M and Centennial Conference (CC) mark by nearly three seconds - both of which stand to this day.
No. 9 - Trevor Britton '16 - Men's Soccer - 0.57 Career Goals Against Average
Britton was in net during two of F&M's most-noteworthy defensive campaigns, as the 2014 squad accumulated the second-lowest GAA mark in history at 0.60 and the 2015 team was close behind in third with a 0.61 mark.
All but 90 minutes across those two historic seasons featured a different goalkeeper as Britton started in all 42 contests and surrendered a mere 24 goals in 3,776 minutes. His 0.57 GAA is both an F&M and a Centennial record and will be nearly impossible to top.
When called upon, the 5-10 goalkeeper had a knack for clutch saves, perhaps none more monumental than the match-clinching, diving stop in penalty kicks against Rochester on Nov. 16, 2014, that sent F&M to the NCAA Sweet 16. Video of that legendary save can be viewed here.
No. 8 - Jack Bailey '69 - Men's Track & Field - 10.5 (100 Meter) and 21.5 (200 meter)
Although it's been 50 years since his graduation, a pair of Bailey's F&M track & field records still stand. On May 7, 1968, at the Little Three Meet, Bailey ran the 100 meters in a time of 10.5 seconds and the 200 meters in a time of 21.5, marks which have yet to be bested. They both remain the Diplomats' longest-standing track & field records.
Although these feats occurred while F&M was a part of the Middle Atlantic Conference these marks would rank first and second, respectively, in the Centennial. Evan Friend is the closest F&M runner in both events with a 100-meter time of 10.75, and a 200-meter time of 21.62 in 2016.
No. 7 - Bob Manaskie '79 - Men's Basketball - 921 Career Assists
Forty years after graduating from F&M, Manaskie still holds the program's records for most assists in a game (22), season (414) and career (927). The NCAA only began tracking assists for their individual records book in 1988-89 but had they traced back to Manaskie's playing days; his 921 career markers would rank second on Division III's all-time list. The next-closest Diplomat to his mark is Georgio Milligan '12, who collected 628 assists in his career.
Manaskie averaged 11.1 assists per game in 83 career contests, a mark which also tops F&M's list. His single-game record of 22 was set in 1979 during F&M's 85-51 win over Washington & Jefferson. Since then, no other Diplomat has come within nine of tying that mark.
No. 6 - Dale Amos '90 - Football - 3,846 Career Receiving Yards
Amos broke more than 40 F&M, Centennial, ECAC, or NCAA records during one of the most-illustrious careers ever put together by a Diplomat student-athlete. A multiple-sport athlete, Amos excelled as a receiver on the football team, obliterating the majority of records for his position, including most receiving yards in a game (309), season (1,302), and career (3,846).
His 309 yards on 12 catches against McDaniel in 1987 was an NCAA record that stood for nearly 10 years and remains 17th on the Division III list. While many of Amos's records are unlikely ever to be broken, his career receiving yards stands out among the rest. His mark also topped the NCAA record books at the time of his graduation and remains 16th all-time. The next-closest F&M student-athlete is Justin Salton '04 with 3,136, while the nearest CC competitor is nearly 700 yards off of his career total.