LANCASTER, Pa. – The Franklin & Marshall men's swimming team dominated the 50 Freestyle as individuals and won the 200 Freestyle relay to highlight day one of its home invitational. Matt Hopkins took home first place in the 50 Free event and also swam on the relay with Ben Lockey, John Devaney, and Thomas Smolinski.
In addition to Hopkins winning the 50 Freestyle event with a finals time of 20.73, Lockey and Devaney made it clean sweep of the top three positions in that event for the Diplomats with their times of 20.93 and 21.01 seconds. The Diplomats put six in the finals of the 50 Free, with Smolinski (21.33) and Henry Tavens (21.46) placing fifth and seventh.
The top four finishers in the 50 Free individually teamed up to swim their same distance in a combined time of 1:22.82 to take home top honors in the opening relay on Friday's finals session. F&M closed the night with the team of Hopkins, Patrick Rooney, Evan Willertz, and Devaney taking second to Mount St. Mary's in the 400 Medley relay with a time of 3:25.95.
With three individual events contested on day one, Willem Stoll took third in the 500 Freestyle event. He finished in 4:40.56 during the finals, with first-years Sam Kamdin and Joe Clarkson also making the "A" final of that event. Cameron Mehta was the team's top placer, finishing fifth, in the 200 Individual Medley after cruising to a time of 1:57.03.
The Franklin & Marshall Invitational continues throughout this weekend. Saturday morning's session will now begin at 9:30 a.m. instead of the originally scheduled 10 a.m. start. The finals are once again set for a 6 p.m. session inside the Kunkel Aquatic Center.