LANCASTER, Pa. – The Franklin & Marshall men's swimming team finished its home invitational with 1,732 points over the three-day event to win first place by nearly 300 points against Washington and Lee and host of others. The Diplomats added two more event championships to their medal haul on Sunday to help them officially lock up the team title.
Matt Hopkins continued his dominant weekend with a win in the 100 Freestyle event, finishing with a time of 45.68 seconds. He was one of seven Diplomat finalists in that event as the F&M contingent swept all three of the finals heats. Ben Lockey (46.30) took second in the "A" Final, with John Devaney (46.65) and Henry Tavens (47.16) placing fourth and seventh. Thomas Smolinski (47.13) and Matt Hurford (47.19) took first in their respective "B" and "C" finals, while Sean Conley also qualified to the "C" final.
Capping off the event with its final win the in the 400 Freestyle Relay, the team of Devaney, Lockey, Smolinski, and Hopkins clocked in at 3:03.62. The relay of Willem Stoll, Tavens, Hurford, and Sam Kamdin took third in the final event of the weekend (3:06.65). The other major freestyle event contested on Sunday was the 1,650 Yard (mile) race. F&M had four of the top eight finishers in that event, with Jason Creed (16:40.17) finishing runner up. Kyle Samson (16:46.44), Joe Clarkson (16:50.89), and Jack Rowe (16:55.58) were fifth, sixth, and eighth overall.
Another strong event for Franklin & Marshall was the 100 Individual Medley as Dylan Merritt (53.64) and Jarrett Driever (56.06) both finished in the top four. Patrick Rooney was the team's top finisher in the 200 Breaststroke as he placed fourth (2:07.17), with Cameron Mehta (2:09.01) taking the "B" Final. During the 200 Backstroke, Kamdin (1:56.24) and Evan Willertz (1:57.36) took fifth and sixth as Andrew Canjura joined them in the top 10. Willem Stoll posted a sixth-place time (1:56.85) in the 200 Butterfly to lead the Diplomats in that event.
With its big event of the first half half of the year now complete, the Diplomats will break from competition for the remainder of the semester. Home Duals against Susquehanna (Jan. 14) and Washington College (Jan. 28) wrap up the regular season slate in January before the conference Championships in February.