WESTMINSTER, Md. – Deadlocked at 44-all, McDaniel and Franklin & Marshall went to the 11th and final event with the meet on the line. After four legs of the 400 free relay, 0.29 seconds is all that separated the top two relays with the Green Terror edging the Diplomats to notch a 51-44 Centennial Conference (CC) women's swimming victory on Friday.
Kerrin Holmes (Avondale, Pa./Avon Grove) and Emma Duesterhaus (Spartanburg, S.C./Spartanburg Day) kept the relay – and meet – within a half-second when Shannon McClellan (Boonsboro, Md./Boonsboro) jumped in the pool. By the end of her first 50, the sophomore had give McDaniel (5-5, 2-3 CC) a 0.23 second lead. The advantage was at 0.20 when Sydney Knadler (Crowley Lake, Calif./Mammoth) and Rebecca Daen took off.
Knadler kept the advantage at 0.26 seconds through 350 yards before out-touching her counterpart to the left for a pool record, second fastest time in program history – missing the record by 0.78 seconds – event victory, meet victory and first win over Franklin & Marshall (5-2, 3-1 CC) since 1997, handing the Diplomats their first conference loss of the season in the process.
For Knadler and Holmes, it was their second win of the night. For Duesterhaus, it was her third. The Green Terror won six of the 11 events in all.
Katie Grant and Jillian Albus led Franklin & Marshall with two wins each. Grant won the 500 (5:20.81) and 1000 (11:04.91) freestyle races. Albus touched first in the 50 free (25.10 seconds) and 100 butterfly (1:00.50).
Duesterhaus, Kelly Lewis (Montgomery Village, Md./Watkins Mill), Kerry Vanscoy (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora) and Holmes staked McDaniel to a 7-0 lead after the first event, winning the 200 medley relay in a time of 1:52.35.
A 1-2 finish by the Diplomats in the 1000 free drew the meet even at 8-all before Daen led a 1-2 finish in the 200 free to open up a 16-9 advantage.
Knadler and Holmes finished second (25.10) and third (25.87), respectively, in the 50 free before Lexie Jacobs (Forest Hill, Md./North Harford) won the 200 IM in a time of 2:18.03 to keep it a seven-point margin after five events.
Vanscoy and Jacobs finished second (1:01.38) and third (1:03.46), respectively, in the 100 butterfly before Knadler won the 100 free in a time of 54.68 to keep it a seven-point margin after seven events. Knadler's time ranks third all-time.
The pattern halted when Duesterhaus and Vanscoy jumped in the pool for the 100 backstroke. The duo went 1-2 to draw the hosts even at 35-all. Duesterhaus won the event in a time of 1:01.43 while Vanscoy was second in a time of 1:02.70.
Grant and Maggie Johns retuned the favor in the 500 free but McDaniel was not done. Lewis won the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:10.92 to assure the hosts a chance in the relay but Abbie Schickler (Montgomery Village, Md./Covenant Life) finished second (1:11.27) to make it a tie score heading to the final event.
McDaniel returns to action at Bryn Mawr on Saturday, Feb. 1. Meet time is 2 p.m.
McDaniel 51, Franklin & Marshall 44
Event Winners: 200 Medley Relay – McDaniel A (Emma Duesterhaus, Kelly Lewis, Kerrie Vanscoy, Kerrin Holmes) 1:52.35; 1000 Freestyle – Katie Grant (F) 11:04.91; 200 Freestyle – Rebecca Daen (F) 1:59.71; 50 Freestyle – Jillian Albus (F) 25.10; 200 IM – Lexie Jacobs (M) 2:18.03; 100 Butterfly – Albus (F) 1:00.50; 100 Freestyle – Sydney Knadler (M) 54.68; 100 Backstroke – Duesterhaus (M) 1:01.43; 500 Freestyle – Grant (F) 5:20.81; 100 Breaststroke – Lewis (M) 1:10.92; 400 Freestyle Relay – McDaniel A (Holmes, Duesterhaus, Shannon McClellan, Knadler) 3:39.82^.
^ Harlow Pool record