F&M Third at Invitational

F&M Third at Invitational

LANCASTER, Pa. - Katherine Grant won the 1650 freestyle with an NCAA B Cut time to help the Franklin & Marshall women's swimming team to a third-place finish in a field of 10 teams at the F&M Invitational following Sunday's third and final session. The Diplomats claimed third with a total of 542.5 points, behind only California (Pa.) (883.5) and Washington & Lee (625).

Grant's cruised to victory in the 1650 with a time of 17:38.17. The Diplomats dominated the final event of the meet as Olivia Hill took second in 17:55.82 and Garland Bartlett came in fourth at 17:59.94.

In the 200 breastroke, Katherine DeCrosta placed fourth with a mark of 2:33.04, while Rebecca Citti nabbed ninth in 2:34.94.

Krista Hollingsworth and Rebecca Daen placed back-to-back in the 100 freestyle in eighth and ninth, respectively. Hollingsworth touched in 54.93, with Daen just behind in 54.94.

Maggie Johns and Caitlyn Fuller also registered top-10 individual placing for F&M on Sunday. Johns took ninth in the 200 butterfly in 2:16.59, while Fuller secured 10th in the 200 backstroke in 2:17.74.

The Diplomats also came away with two solid finishes in the 400 freestyle relay. The team of Hollingsworth, Grant, DeCrosta and Daen placed fifth with a mark of 3:41.38, while Jackie Behr, Johns, Hill and Ana Franzluebbers took seventh in 3:47.74.

F&M returns to action on Friday, Jan. 20 at McDaniel in Centennial Conference (CC) action.

F&M Invitational Final Women's Standings

1. California (Pa.) - 883.5
2. Washington & Lee - 625
3. Franklin & Marshall - 542.5
4. Kutztown - 463.5
5. St. Mary's (Md.) - 442
6. Susquehanna - 268.5
7. Ramapo - 173.5
8. McDaniel - 108.5
9. Washington College - 51
10. King's - 7