ASHLAND, Va. – Franklin & Marshall finished up competition at the Yellow Jacket Invitational on Saturday night, taking second place out of 11 teams. The Diplomats collected 526 points, behind only Washington & Lee with 914.
The highlight of the night for F&M was Kellen McDonald's performance in the 200-yard butterfly, as the sophomore took first place and set a new meet record. Her time of 2:09.32 won the event by nearly two seconds and broke the meet record by four tenths of a second.
McDonald also turned in a strong time in the 100-yard butterfly, taking fourth with a time of 1:00.54. She was followed by Jillian Albus, whose time of 1:01.27 was good for ninth.
Albus headlined the Diplomats in the 100-yard freestyle, taking second place out of 64 competitors with a time of 54.16.
Melissa Mullin posted a pair of strong finishes, taking second in the 400-yard IM and 200-yard breaststroke. In the IM she posted a time of 4:36.91, while fellow Diplomat Rebecca McCain took 12th in 5:03.12. In the breaststroke Mullin clocked a time of 2:25.64, closely followed by Michelle Wall in fourth with a time of 2:30.48.
Wall led F&M in the 100-yard breaststroke, recording another fourth-place finish after she finished in 1:08.83. Erin Smith (12th, 1:12.33) and Meghan Hershey (16th, 1:14.04) also produced quality times for the Diplomats in the event.
Anna Hess also recorded a pair of second-place finishes on the day. In the 200-yard backstroke Hess finished in 2:10.70, followed by Taylor Mateja in 12th with a time of 2:20.72. In the 100-yard backstroke Hess posted a time of 58.83, while Mateja took 17th in 1:04.94.
F&M returns to action after the holiday break on Jan. 16. when the Diplomats travel to Selinsgrove, Pa. to meet the Crusaders of Susquehanna University at 1:00 p.m.