Swimming Secures First Victory

Swimming Secures First Victory

LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's men exorcised the demons brought on by seeing their Centennial Conference (CC) winning streak snapped at 22 at Swarthmore last Saturday with a decisive win over Washington College. The Diplomats (1-2, 1-1 CC) toppled the Shoremen 119-57 on Friday night, picking up their first win of the 2010-2011 season.

F&M won the first eight races to take the league win. 

Conor Finnegan, Travis Catania, Zach Wilt, and Tommy Bergstrom started the night with a win in the 200-yard medley relay in 1:43.71, giving the Diplomats a .67 second advantage over their guests.

The Diplomats poured on the points in the next two races, the 200 and 50-yard freestyles. F&M swept first, second and third place points in each.

David Fell delivered first place points in the 200 with a 1:51.52, followed by Finnegan .11 seconds later. Jake Reingold and A.J. Feurer took third and fourth for F&M. Fell later won the 100-yard backstroke with less than a one second cushion on Washington's Nick Longworth. Fell touched at 56.71. In the 50, it was Patrick Musselman in 22.93 seconds followed by John Zipp at 23:10 and Jin Hwang at 23.51.

By the end of the third race, the Diplomats owned a 45-10 lead.

Tim Landon kept the rally going with the first of his two wins on the night. He took the 400-yard individual medley in 4:25.77 followed by Catania at 4:29.08. Landon later took the 500-yard freetyle in 5:02.83. Teammates Finnegan (5:06.49) and  Reingold (5:08.13) took second and third.

Bergstrom delivered first place points in the 100-yard free with Musselman and Zipp in tow, while Mason Wash won the 100-yard butterfly with Scott Rownd and Jin Hwang taking second and third.

Washington's first win of the night came in the ninth race when Austin Auger clocked a 1:03.44 in the 100-yard breaststroke.

The Diplomats return to action tomorrow morning in a quad meet with Carnegie Mellon, Rochester, and Washington & Lee.