LANCASTER, Pa. - Franklin & Marshall's women placed second at their own invitational, which wrapped up Sunday morning. The Diplomats fended off Rowan to hold onto second place. Kutztown's women ran away with the meet, securing the meet championship with a 242.5-point cushion.
"I was very pleased with the second place finish and where we are as a team," said head coach, Bob Rueppel. "This is a good platform for us to improve upon heading into the conference championships in February."
Swimming their first collegiate miles, Olivia Hill and Garland Bartlett took second and fourth place, respectively. Hill logged an 18:16.89, while Bartlett clocked an 18:42.53.
Katherine DeCrosta, Meghan Karanian, Jennie Payne and Brittany McCabe combined for third place in the 400-yard free relay to bolster the women's effort in the final session of the invite. The Diplomats' foursome logged a 3:42.52 in the race, approximately two seconds off of the winning pace of 3:40.34 turned in by Kutztown.
McCabe fourth in 200-yard backstroke with a 2:11.12, while Karanian took fourth in the 100-yard freestyle with a 56.66.
Samantha Sweeney took fifth place in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:35.38. Kutztown's Stephanie Jeppesen won the race with an NCAA Division II automatic qualifying mark of 2:21.86, giving her nearly 11 seconds on the rest of the field.
Laura Bassford placed fifth in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:18.67. St. Mary's Rachel Hotchko blew away the field with a 2:12.61.
The Diplomats are idle through the holidays, and will return to action at Ursinus on January 24th.