Women's Swimming Dives Into 2022-23 Season this Saturday

Women's Swimming Dives Into 2022-23 Season this Saturday

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LANCASTER, Pa. – The Franklin & Marshall women's swimming team had a number of breakout stars among its underclassmen in the return to a normal season of competition last winter. With another year of experience racing against collegiate competition, the Diplomats are ready to reach even greater heights this year. The Diplomats will have plenty of chances to do just that in front of their home fans as they are scheduled to compete in six home competitions, including the three-day F&M Invitational, giving fans eight dates to catch the team at home.

2021-22 Diplomats 

Last year, F&M went 8-3 in duals, including a 5-2 record in Centennial Conference action. Franklin & Marshall went undefeated during the month of January in dual meets and carried that momentum to a third-place finish at the Centennial Conference Championships, scoring the team's most points since the 2016 CC championship. The Diplomats were 7-2 overall in their home pool and will look to improve on that mark this year with numerous opportunities to impress the home crowd.

Key Returners (with rankings in school history)

Rachel Baker – So.

  • Part of school record 200 medley relay
  • Part of school record 400 medley relay
  • Sixth in school history in 100 backstroke (59.77)
  • Eighth in school history in 50 freestyle (24.60)
  • Eighth in school history in 200 freestyle (1:55.96)

Sophie Bergstrom – Jr.

  • Fourth in school history in 100 backstroke (59.01)
  • Fifth in school history in 200 backstroke (2:08.71)

Amelia Bothwell – Sr.

  • Eighth in school history in 100 butterfly (59.04)
  • Eighth in school history in 200 butterfly (2:12.00)

Catherine Crampton – So.

  • Fifth in school history in 200 IM (2:10.14)
  • Seventh in school history in 400 IM (4:37.74)
  • Eighth in school history in 200 breaststroke (2:27.74)

Helen Lahmann-Metcalfe – Jr.

  • Fifth in school history in 50 freestyle (24.38)
  • Eighth in school history in 100 freestyle (53.92)

Georgia May – So.

  • Eighth in school history in 1,650 freestyle (17:46.19)
  • Tenth in school history in 1,000 freestyle (10:44.16)

Julie McFadden – Sr.

  • School record holder in 50 freestyle (24.06)
  • Part of school record 200 medley relay
  • Part of school record 400 medley relay
  • Second in school history in 100 freestyle (52.54)
  • Fifth in school history in 100 backstroke (59.18)

Sophie Moyer – So.

  • School record holder in 100 breaststroke (1:05.13)
  • School record holder in 200 breastroke (2:23.42)
  • Part of school record 200 medley relay
  • Part of school record 400 medley relay
  • Second in school history in 100 butterfly (58.49)
  • Sixth in school history in 50 freestyle (24.51)

In addition to all the new additions and improvements to the College's record book, Georgia May (1,650 free), Julie McFadden (50 free), and Sophie Moyer (200 breast) were each honorable mention All-Centnenial Conference performers (second place in CC) during those events. Rachel Baker, McFadden, and Moyer were also three-fourths of the runner-up 200 medley relay with the only loss from that silver medal team coming with the graduation of Skye Howes. Moyer was additionally named a two-time Centennial Conference Swimmer of the Week and a CSCAA Scholar All-American a season ago.

As a part of a change to the conference's championship operating procedures, gold (first-team), silver (second), and bronze (honorable mention) finishes at the Centennial Conference Championships will received all-conference recognition in the individual events.

Centennial Conference Preseason Poll

Franklin & Marshall picked up one first-place vote and was projected to match its finish from the 2022 Centennial Conference Championships in a poll of the conference's head coaches. The Diplomats received 37 points in the poll, behind defending champion Swarthmore (six first-place votes) and Gettysburg (one first-place vote).

You can view the complete poll here.

Looking Ahead 

The Diplomats will dive head first into the 2022-23 season as they welcome Swarthmore to the Kunkel Aquatic Center for the first meet of the season as part of a quad meet with McDaniel and Ursinus on Saturday, October 22. The following weekend, the Diplomats will take on last year's runners-up from Gettysburg. The full 2022-23 schedule is linked at the top of the season preview. Gettysburg will serve as the host of the 2023 Centennial Conference Championships, while the Diplomats will look to return to the NCAA Division III Championships which are slated for March 15-18 in Greensboro, North Carolina.