LANCASTER, Pa. - Despite an early setback, Franklin & Marshall's women are in third place after day one of the 2010 Centennial Conference (CC) championships. The Diplomats team was disqualified in the night's opening race, the 200-yard freestyle relay, but bounced back with scoring depth to close the early gap in what is shaping up to be a three horse race.
The early setback gave first place Gettysburg and second place Washington a boost at the outset, but it didn't take F&M long to start scoring points to narrow the gap. The Diplomats collected silver and bronze points in the next race, the 500-yard freestyle, with Olivia Hill taking second on the strength of an NCAA B-Cut time of 5:08.24. Garland Bartlett also mustered an excellent swim, at 5:08.62 to take third. The pair trailed Washington's Rachel Glasser, who earned gold for the second time in as many years.
Katherine DeCrosta and Laura Bassford continued to close the gap in the 200-yard individual medley. DeCrosta finished in second place behind Dickinson's Elizabeth Schroll for the second consecutive season. DeCrosta was .44 seconds off of Schroll's 2:12.31. Bassford placed sixth in the final.
Krista Hollingsworth and Jackie Behr gave F&M seventh and ninth place points in the 50-yard freestyle. Hollingsworth, DeCrosta, Hill, and Ana Franzluebbers swam to a bronze medal in the 400-yard medley relay to close the night. The F&M foursome posted a 4:06.48, finishing behind Washington and Gettysburg.
The Bullets lead the meet after day one with 196 points, followed by Washington with 178. The Diplomats head into Saturday with 169 points. Swimming resumes tomorrow morning at 10:00 am.
Women's Medals - Friday
Garland Bartlett - Bronze, 500-Yard Freestyle
Katherine DeCrosta - Silver, 200-Yard Individual Medley; Bronze, 400-Yard Medley Relay
Ana Franzluebbers - Bronze, 400-Yard Medley Relay
Olivia Hill - Silver, 500-Yard Freestyle; Bronze, 400-Yard Medley Relay
Krista Hollingsworth - Bronze, 400-Yard Medley Relay
OIivia Hill, 500-Yard Freestyle (5:08.24)