Franklin College Sweeps Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships

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February 16th, 2020 College, NCAA Division III


  • Dates: Thursday, February 13-Saturday, February 15, 2020
  • Location: Vigo County Aquatic Center – Terre Haute, IN
  • Host: Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
  • Defending Champion: Franklin women (2x); Franklin men
  • Live results: Meet mobile
  • Championships Central

Courtesy: Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The 2020 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships wrapped up on Saturday, with Franklin College sweeping the title for both the men and the women.

Franklin captured the men’s title with a score of 721, beating out Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, who earned 713 points. Anderson University finished third with 215, Transylvania placed fourth with 191, Hanover placed fifth with 183 and Manchester University was sixth with 17 points.

On the women’s side, Franklin took the title with 832.5 points. Transylvania finished second with 405 points, Anderson took third with 356.5, Hanover finished fourth with 273, Rose-Hulman placed fifth with 232 and Manchester posted 90 points for sixth.

For the women, Transylvania University got things started with Mattie Fogle placing first in the 1650 freestyle with a time of 18:34.84. Caileigh McCafferty picked up Franklin’s first, first-place finish of the evening, posting a 2:06.60 swim in the 200 backstroke. Courtnee Coffman followed suite for the Grizzlies, with a swim of 51.71 in the 100 freestyle.

In the 200 breaststroke, August Hartzell picked up a gold medal, with her time of 2:25.88 for Franklin and her teammate Anna Perkins added a win in the 200 butterfly, who turned in a swim of 2:12.74. In the final event of the evening, Franklin took home the gold in the 400 freestyle relay, with the team of McCafferty, Jacqueline Richard, Brynna Sentel and Coffman turning in a time of 3:28.70.

On the men’s side, things got started in the 1650, with Rose-Hulman’s Shamus Sparling out swimming the competition to take the title with a swim of 16:49.36. James Hone got the Grizzlies back on top of the podium in the 200 backstroke, swimming a winning time of 1:51.39. The Fightin’ Engineers picked up another win in the 100 freestyle, with Jared Brown swimming a time of 45.77 to take first.

Dylan Harker picked up first by seven one-hundredths of a second in the 200 breaststroke to claim another first-place finish for the Grizzlies. Charlie Hall grabbed first in the 200 butterfly for Franklin, swimming a race of 1:52.73. In the finale on the men’s side, Rose-Hulman took the 400 freestyle relay, with Zachary Tate, Dutch Kipp, Brendan King and Jared Brown placing first with a swim of 3:04.02.

In the one-meter dive, Franklin’s Gauge Creech took the title, with a score of 516.55.

The marquee award winners were honored at the close of the meet, with Franklin’s Sentel named the 2020 HCAC Conference Women’s Swimmer of the Meet and Hall earning the title of 2020 HCAC Men’s Swimmer of the Meet.

On the boards the Grizzlies continued to shine, sweeping the Diver of the Meet awards. First year duo Faith Jackson and Gauge Creech each earned the title of 2020 HCAC Female Diver of the Meet and 2020 HCAC Men’s Diver of the Meet respectively.

Another pair of freshman to earn honors were the Freshman of the Year. From Franklin Caileigh McCafferty took the honor of 2020 HCAC Women’s Freshman of the Year. Representing Rose-Hulman, Derick Miller was named the 2020 HCAC Men’s Freshman of the Year.

Finally, the coaches of the year were honored. Dave Doolin from Transylvania was named the 2020 HCAC Women’s Coach of the Year, while Keith Crawford from Rose-Hulman was named the 2020 HCAC Men’s Coach of the Year.





  1. Franklin           721
  2. Rose-Hulman  713
  3. Anderson        215
  4. Transylvania    191
  5. Hanover          183
  6. Manchester     17


  1. Franklin           832.5
  2. Transylvania    405
  3. Anderson        356.5
  4. Hanover          273
  5. Rose-Hulman  232
  6. Manchester    90

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