LANCASTER, Pa. – The Franklin & Marshall women's swimming team completed its 14th-straight season with a record of .500 or better by earning five medals and taking third place at the Centennial Conference (CC) Championships in February, while producing the programs 123rd All-American and first since 2013.
The Diplomats were led by Becca Meyers '17 and Melissa Mullin '18, both of whom earned a gold and silver medal at the conference championships. Meyers' gold came in the 1650-yard freestyle, as her time of 16:43.06 broke the pool, meet, and conference records in addition to earning her victory by more than 23 seconds. The junior also took second in the 500-yard freestyle, clocking a time of 4:59.51.
Mullin won gold in the 400-yard IM, posting the fastest qualifying time before winning the finals at 4:32.95. She also reached the podium in the 200-yard backstroke, taking silver with a time of 2:24.99.
The final Diplomat medal came in the 400-yard medley relay, as Mullin joined Anna Hess '19, Kellen McDonald '18, and Jillian Albus '17 to touch the wall at 3:59.89 en route to a bronze medal. At the end of three days of competition, F&M finished third with 518 points while Ursinus took the team title with 846.
Meyers' time in 1650-yard freestyle at the CC Championships was the fourth fastest in Division III during the 2015-16 season, qualifying her for competition at the NCAA Championships in Greensboro, N.C. from March 16-19. Her best finish came in that event, where she qualified for the fastest heat of timed finals. She posted a time of 16:54.61 to take sixth place, earning All-America status in the process. Her sixth-place finish was the best by a Diplomat since Kelly Landman took fourth in the 200-yard butterfly in 2007.
She also competed in the prelims of the 500-yard freestyle and the 200-yard freestyle, but was unable to reach the finals of either event.
The Diplomats opened their conference schedule with three straight wins, beginning with a season-opening victory against Washington on Oct. 31. Hess won three individual events as F&M took down the Shorewomen 155.5-87.5 in Chestertown.
The hot start continued on Nov. 7 as the Diplomats tallied a pair of CC victories, first a 116-82 triumph over Bryn Mawr before narrowly beating out Swarthmore 133-129. Conference victories over McDaniel on Jan. 29 and Dickinson on Jan. 30 pushed F&M to an overall record of 5-3-1 on the year and a 5-2 CC mark.