Season in Review: 2014-15 Women's Swimming

Season in Review: 2014-15 Women's Swimming

Schedule/Results | Updated Records

Franklin & Marshall's women's swimming team enjoyed one of its most successful seasons in recent memory, as the 2014-15 Diplomats accumulated six dual meet victories, including five Centennial Conference (CC) wins. F&M swam well at the CC Championships in February, as the Diplomats won 12 medals en route to a second-place finish.

At the CC Champs, F&M was led by Bridget Dromerick '18 who won the 500-yard freestyle at 4:55.65, which broke the pool, CC, and CC Championship record. She also was victorious in the 200-yard backstroke (2:04.33), and earned silver in the 200-yard freestyle (1:53.00). She was a part of the 800-yard freestyle relay team along with Jillian Albus '17, Courtney Collins '16, and Katherine Grant '15, who won bronze with a time of 7:47.75. Ursinus won the championships with 667.5 points, edging the Diplomats who accumulated 644.

Melissa Mullin '18 won the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 4:32.59 to break the CC Championship record and Grant touched the wall first in the 1650-yard freestyle at 17:34.34 to become the first swimmer in CC history to win the event at the CC Championships four times in a row. 

After an impressive weekend, Dromerick swept the individual awards at the CC Champs, taking home the Most Outstanding Performer honor, as well as the Most Outstanding Rookie. She also competed at the NCAA Championships In Shenandoah, Texas, where she raced in the 500-yard freestyle, 200-yard backstroke, and 200-yard freestyle, but was unable to qualify for any of the final races. This marked the third consecutive season that a member of the women's team qualified for nationals, as Grant went to NCAA's in 2013 and 2014. 

In dual meets, the Diplomats jumped out to a 5-1 record and were ranked as high as No. 24 in the country, the first time F&M was ranked since a No. 25 spot in 2007. 

Three college records fell this season, as Dromerick's time of 4:55.65 in the 500-yard freestyle broke the old record, while Mullin's 4:32.57 in the 400-yard individual medley also broke the F&M record. Both times are also new CC records as well. In the 200-yard medley relay, Taylor Mateja '16, Mullin, Kellen McDonald '18, and Albus finished at 1:49.10 to break the previous F&M record.