LANCASTER, Pa. – Thanks to Becca Meyers' victory in the 1650-yard freestyle, Franklin & Marshall women's swimming found itself in fourth place out of 12 teams after day one of competition in the F&M Invitational. The Diplomats racked up 186 total points, while University of Delaware leads with 314.
Meyers posted a time of 16:53.40, smashing the previous meet record of 17:10.14, set last year by Haley Fournier of Mt. St. Mary's. Fournier had to settle for runner-up honors this year, taking second in 17:16.67, more than 23 second behind Meyers. In addition to being the fastest time in Division III this year, Meyers also shattered the school record set in 2014 by Katherine Grant (17:09.69) and the conference record set by Rachel Glasser in 2010 (17:07.48).
Breann Cavanagh took to the pool for the Diplomats in the same event, finishing in 18:20.38 to come in 14th and win 13 points for the Diplomats.
F&M opened the night by claiming 10th place in the 200-yard freestyle relay, with the team of Jillian Albus, Alyson Campbell, Anna Hess, and Taylor Mateja posting a time of 1:41.29. The Diplomats also took 15th in the event, as Courtney Collins, Melissa Mullin, Colleen Lawlor, and Katie Schick finished in 1:43.68.
The 400-yard medley relay was the third and final event of the evening, taking fifth and 15th place to move into fourth place overall after the first session.
Action restarts tomorrow at 9:00 a.m., including preliminaries for the 50- and 200-yard freestyle, 400-yard IM, 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard breaststroke, 100-yard backstroke, and finals of the 800-yard freestyle relay.
Finals for the aforementioned events and the 200-yard medley relay will be contested in tomorrow's night session, beginning at 6:00 p.m.