LANCASTER, Pa. – Despite getting two victories from junior Becca Meyers, Franklin & Marshall was defeated 156-101 by Johns Hopkins on Friday night in non-conference women's swimming action. The loss is the first of the Diplomats' season, with their overall record now standing at 3-1 while retaining an unblemished 3-0 record in the Centennial Conference (CC).
Before the meet, President Dan Porterfield and Director of Athletics and Recreation Patricia S. W. Epps joined Meyers and her family to celebrate a fantastic summer of paralympic competition that culminated in the junior receiving the ESPY for Best Female Athlete with a Disability.
Once the swimming began, Meyers continued to stand in the spotlight. She opened her evening with a dominant performance in the 1000-yard freestyle, running away from the field to win with a time 10:34.57. Her dominance continued in the 500-yard freestyle, which she won in 5:06.80.
Also collecting a first-place finish on the night was Melissa Mullin, who took the 100-yard IM in 1:03.73. Teammate Courtney Collins followed her, taking second in 1:06.42. Mullin continued her success in the 50-yard breaststroke, claiming second with a time of 32.38.
Anna Hess and Breann Cavanagh contributed second-place finishes as well, with Hess finishing the 100-yard backstroke in 1:02.67 to take runner-up honors while Cavanagh did so with a time of 2:02.56 in the 200-yard freestyle.
The Diplomats took first and second place in the 600-yard freestyle to close out the night in style.
F&M returns to the pool on Friday for day one of competition in the F&M Invitational. That event is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Kunkel Aquatic Center.