Last weekend, the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams competed against Principia College, Lincoln College and Lindenwood-Belleville University. Both teams swept all three competitors and moved to 9-0 on their seasons.
“Our relays are really starting to show through,” said Andrew Hendricks, head coach. “This is important because it shows how the team works together and is motivated for one another. Our women’s 200 freestyle relay, for example, is ranked 23rd in the nation, while our men’s 400 freestyle relay is ranked 17th in the nation.”
All of Franklin’s relay teams are ranked in the top 50 in the nation, according to Hendricks.
On the men’s side, the 400 freestyle team of Sam Hall, Artur Schneider, James Hone, and Bailey Willoughby won with a time of 3:11.90, currently the 16th fastest time in the country.
“My highlight was definitely my record in the 400 IM and my fast times in both the 100 back and 100 free,” Schneider said. “The best highlight was the 400 free relay. We managed to get a nationally competitive time on the board.”
Schneider, a senior, was able to put up a time of 4:12.25, which broke the previous record by over five seconds.
For the women, the Grizzlies were able to win 10 of the 16 events.
“I was impressed with our perseverance,” junior Kaitlin Mans said. “We have been working extremely hard this year. Most of us are putting up times we haven’t touched this early in the season. It isn’t just a fast time here or there, but we are swimming consistently fast times. It was our second weekend where we had back-to-back meets, which are tough, but we pulled it together and swam fast, yet again.”
Both teams will be off this weekend as they prepare for the midseason championship meet at the University of Kentucky on Dec. 3.