Diplomats Grab First Eight in CC Win Over Washinton


LANCASTER, Pa. --Franklin & Marshall’s men won the first eight races of the night en route to a 117-75 win over Washington College in Centennial Conference (CC) competition Friday evening. The win runs F&M’s in-conference winning streak to a dozen, dating back to November of 2006.

Matt Jaffee won a pair of races, taking 1000-yard freestyle and the 200-yard backstroke. In the 1,000, he held an 18 second advantage on the Shoremen’s (2-2, 1-1 CC) Matt Violette in the first individual race of the Diplomats’ (2-2, 2-0 CC) opening salvo. His win in the backstorke, by three seconds over Washington’s Nick Longworth, was the final shot before the Shoremen collected first place points.

Washington’s Dan Wentzel posted a 5:20.24 to win the 500-yard freestyle, ending F&M’s run on first place points.

F&M freshman, Matt Woods, also won a pair in the opening stretch. The Monroe, N.Y., native posted a 1:50.64 to edge out Wentzel in the 200-yard freestyle. He also put three seconds between himself and the field in the 100-yard free with a 49.84. Team and classmate, Ken Dautrich, took second in that race.

Travis Catania also chipped on F&M’s effort from the class of 2012. He and fellow freshman, David Fell, went one-two in the 200-yard I.M. with Catania posting the winning mark at 2:07.39.
Fell also contributed a leg on the winning 400-yard medley relay team that sparked F&M’s early run to the win.

The DIplomats return to the pool tomorrow morning for a quad-meet with Carneigie Mellon, Rochester, and Washington & Lee.