LANCASTER, Pa. - Franklin & Marshall's women did not win the swimming season opener, but offered a strong showing in a 148-114 loss to Johns Hopkins. The Diplomats (0-1) won half of the day's 14 events, but fell victim to the Jays' (1-0) scoring depth.
F&M set the tone early with a .08 second win in the 200-yard medley relay. Ayse Ergin, Katherine DeCrosta, Zeynip Ergin and Krista Hollingsworth combined for a 1:52.96 to squeak out the win over the Hopkins' quartet. Ayse Ergin went on to win the 100 and 200-yard backstrokes. She had nearly four seconds on the field in the 100 at 1:00.72. Her 2:13.69 in the 200 was also good for a near-four-second win in that event. Ergin Zeynep bested the field in the 50-yard free with a 25.14 and went on to capture the 100-yard butterfly in 1:00.18, three seconds ahead of the pack.
The 1,000-yard freestyle and the 200-yard butterfly were tightly contested. Olivia Hill won the 1,000, touching the wall first at 10:46.91, just ahead of Hopkins' Cathy Howard at 10:49.92. Laura Bassford slipped ahead of Meagan Heslin at the wall to give F&M first place points with a 2:16.62, a .09 second edge.
Howard returned the favor on Hill in the 500 free with a four-second win.
The day's final relay was nearly as tight as the first, but the Jays captured the first place points in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Kristen Ferriero, Elizabeth Rogers, Eleanor Gardner and Annie Tsay conspired for a 1:41.70, to squeak out a .25 second win over the Ergin's Hollingsworth and Payne.
F&M returns to the water next Friday at Bryn Mawr.