FC swimming teams shine at HCAC meet

The Franklin College women’s swimming and diving team won five events to capture the Heartland Conference Invitational title Saturday at Franklin Community High School.

The Grizzlies won the team title for the second consecutive year.

Franklin tallied 283 points behind 24 top-three finishes in the five-team field.

Sophomore Lauren McCool won the 1,650-yard freestyle (18:59.59). She edged out sophomore Ellen Grogg for the top spot in the race.

Franklin took the top three finishes in the 200-yard freestyle. Freshman Amy McCormick won the competition (2:00.94). Senior Brenna Ghigliotto and McCool recorded second- and third-place finishes, respectively.

McCormick later touched the wall first in the 500-yard freestyle (5:22.94). McCool finished third in the event.

Freshman Karlee Demsey picked up a victory in the 100-yard butterfly (1:01.39). Sophomore Laura Olivo finished runner-up in the race.

Demsey and McCormick teamed with sophomores Regina Solik and Haley Blaich to win the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:46.62).

Men take second place

Franklin College sophomore Artur Schneider won three events as the men’s swimming and diving team earned a second-place finish at the Heartland Conference Invitational on Saturday at Franklin Community High School.

Nationally ranked Rose-Hulman won the four-team meet with 379 points. The Grizzlies tallied 199 points, while Transylvania University (66) finished third.

Schneider won the 100-yard backstroke (52.28). He later touched the wall first in the 50-yard freestyle (22.11). Schneider capped his strong day with a dominating victory in the 200-yard backstroke (1:53.85).

Sophomore Nick Allen placed third in the 500-yard freestyle (4:59.05). Classmate Bailey Willoughby added six points to the team score with a third-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly (54.15). Willoughby finished fourth in the 200-yard butterfly (2:07.21).

Allen and Schneider teamed with seniors David McAfee and Carney Gillin to earn runner-up honors in the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:12.30).

McAfee finished third in the 200-yard freestyle (1:48.59). He later recorded a fourth-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle (23.01).

Franklin’s men and women close out the dual-meet season Friday with a home meet against Rose-Hulman.