Diplomats Set For CC Championships

Diplomats Set For CC Championships

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LANCASTER, Pa. – The women of the Franklin & Marshall swim team begin their quest for the Centennial Conference (CC) Championship on Friday, when session one of six begins at 11:00 a.m. in Gettysburg. The Diplomats look to win their first title since 2010 after finishing a close second to Ursinus a year ago.

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F&M comes into the weekend with a 5-3-1 overall record and a 5-2 mark in the CC, good for third in the conference at the conclusion of the regular-season schedule.

Gettysburg has historically dominated the team championships, winning 14 team titles in 21 seasons of competition. F&M is the only other team to win more than two, having claimed the crown three times ('04, '05, and '10). Ursinus and Swarthmore are the only other teams to have won the team championship, with each school earning a pair of titles.

Last year, Ursinus scored 667.5 points to narrowly beat out the Diplomats with 644 and Gettysburg with 586.5. The same three teams filled the top three spots in the CC standings this season, and appear set to battle it out once again this weekend in Gettysburg.

Mullin and Kellen McDonald headline a group of F&M swimmers looking to continue and improve on their success at last year's CC Championships. Mullin struck gold in the 400-yard IM with a time of 4:32.59, as well as earning silver in the 200-yard breaststroke after posting a time of 2:25.90. This year, Mullin finds herself highly seeded in several events, coming in as the favorite in the 400-yard IM (an event in which she holds the meet and conference records), the second seed in the 200-yard IM, and the third seed in the 200-yard breaststroke.

McDonald earned a silver of her own in the 200-yard butterfly, an event in which she recorded the third-fastest time in the conference this season. The sophomore will also compete in the 200-yard IM, where she is seeded third, and the 100-yard butterfly where she is the sixth seed.

Several other Diplomats have posted times that put them in contention for medals. Becca Meyers is the top seed in the 1650-yard freestyle, as her time of 10:12.68 is more than 16 seconds faster than the next time posted. The Baltimore native also ranks second in the 500-yard freestyle and sixth in the 200-yard freestyle.

Anna Hess looks to make an impact in three individual events during her first CC Championships. The freshman comes in as the fourth seed in both the 100- and 200-yard backstroke, and joins a strong F&M contingent in the 200-yard IM where she occupies the fifth slot.

Jillian Albus spearheads the Diplomats' hopes in the sprint freestyle events. The junior looks to better her 2014 performance at the conference meet, where she won gold in the 50-yard freestyle and a pair of bronze medals in the 100-yard freestyle and butterfly events, earning recognition as the Most Outstanding Rookie Swimmer.

Order of Events

Day One Preliminaries | Friday, Feb. 19 | 11:00 a.m.

3/4          500-yard Freestyle

5/6          200-yard Individual Medley

7/8          50-yard Freestyle

Day One Finals | Friday, Feb. 19 | 7:00 p.m.

1/2          200-yard Freestyle Relay

3/4          500-yard Freestyle

5/6          200-yard Individual Medley

7/8          50-yard Freestyle

(20 Minute Break)

9/10        400-yard Medley Relay

Day Two Preliminaries | Saturday, Feb. 20 | 10:00 a.m.

13/14     400-yard Individual Medley

15/16     100-yard Butterfly

17/18     200-yard Freestyle

19/20     100-yard Breaststroke

21/22     100-yard Backstroke

Day Two Finals | Saturday, Feb. 20 | 6:00 p.m.

11/12      200-yard Medley Relay

13/14      400-yard Individual Medley

15/16      100-yard Butterfly

17/18      200-yard Freestyle

19/20      100-yard Breaststroke

21/22      100-yard Backstroke

(20 Minute Break)

23/24      800-yard Freestyle Relay

Day Three Preliminaries | Sunday, February 21 | 10:00 a.m.

27/28     200-yard Backstroke

29/30     100-yard Freestyle

31/32     200-yard Breaststroke

33/34     200-yard Butterfly

20 Minute Break

25/26     1,650-yard Freestyle (timed final)*

Day Three Finals | Sunday, February 21 | 6:00 p.m.

25/26     1,650-yard Freestyle (timed final)*

27/28     200-yard Backstroke

29/30     100-yard Freestyle

31/32     200-yard Breaststroke

33/34     200-yard Butterfly

20 Minute Break

35/36     400-yard Freestyle Relay

* - All heats of the 1,650-yard freestyle, except the final heat, will be contested at the conclusion of the preliminary session.  The heats will be swum fastest to slowest, alternating women and men.  The fastest heat of the event will be contested in the Finals.