Knights Swimming Along After Undefeated First Half of Season

Owen Krepps

Owen Krepps

Published January 22, 2024 9:25 pm

FRANKLIN Pa. (EYT)- The Franklin Knights high school swim team is on a mission to take the District 10 team title from Fairview this season. An undefeated first half of the season has helped their cause.

The Knights are coming off what is perhaps their biggest win yet this past Saturday at the Iroquois High School swimming invitational, where they took first place out of 14 teams.

“It was a really exciting evening, to say the least,” said Franklin head coach Charlie Smith.

Led by ‘the four’ (Camden Smith, Dathan Weaver, Kye Winslow, and Jordan Stumpf), the Knights beat Oil City by less than two seconds in the 400-meter free relay, the last event of the day. Camden Smith passed Oil City during the last stretch to seal the victory. 

“Before the meet even started, I knew that this was going to come down to ‘the four,’” said Smith. “I asked Camden if he wanted to lead off like he did in the preliminary round or if he wanted to anchor. He said he wanted to anchor it, so we rearranged our order for the night swim.”

“It’s a 400-yard race, and we were down for probably 325 yards of it,” added Smith. “It wasn’t until Camden’s first turn that he had caught up to Oil City and came home to win it for us.”

Franklin edged out Fairview for the overall invitational victory. This came despite Franklin not having a diving team and Fairview took an 18-point lead after the preliminary round.

“We knew that there were still a few paths to get there (to first place),” said Smith. “But we knew it would take a whole team effort and a little bit of help from other teams.”

The win at Iroquois keeps the undefeated season alive for Franklin. Now, they face several of the same opponents for the second time this season and know what to expect.

“All the meets that we have already had, we essentially have to repeat,” said Smith. “So we kind of know what we have to get done in the second half.” 

The Knights host Slippery Rock High School tonight at home.

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