|Previous College:||North Carolina State U.|
One of Florida Southern’s seven returning All-Americans after winning four of those awards as a junior (all in relays)… School record holder in the 200-freestyle relay… Transferred from North Carolina State University as a junior after swimming two years there for head coach Braden Holloway… Helped the Wolfpack win two ACC championships in his time at North Carolina State.
As a junior (2016-17)… First Team All-American in the 200-freestyle relay (3rd place), 400-freestyle relay (3rd place), 200-medley relay (6th place) and 400-medley relay (7th place), swimming the anchor leg on the two medley relay teams… Second Team All-Sunshine State Conference… NCAA Division II Academic Achievement Award winner… Part of the Moccasins’ school-record 200-freestyle relay team which set that mark of 1:19.77 at the Division II National Finals… In addition to his All-American relay events at the National Finals, also competed in the 50-, 100- and 200-freestyle as an individual… One of eight Moccasins to swim in all nine meets, including the NCAA Division II National Championships, and was one of their primary sprinters… Also swam the 100-breaststroke once, finishing seventh at the SSC Championships, the 100-butterfly twice, and the 500-free on one occasion… Had NCAA provisional qualifying times in the 50-, 100- and 200-freestyle… Earned two individual bronze medals at the SSC Championships, finishing third in the 100-free and 200-free… Helped Florida Southern medal in three relays at the SSC Championships (silver in the 200-free, bronze in the 400-free, and silver in the 800-free)… Tied for third on the team with four individual wins, with two apiece in the 100-free and 200-free… Won both of those races in a double-dual meet vs. Florida Tech and Keiser on October 21… Part of two relay wins during the season, including the 200-medley vs. Florida Tech and Keiser, which gave him a total of three wins in that meet… Ranked #1 on the Florida Southern times list in the 100-free and 200-free, and was #2 in the 50-free… Part of the Mocs’ top times in four of the five relay events (200-free, 400-free, 800-free and 200-medley).
As a sophomore (2015-16)… Saw action in five meets during the season in sprint and middle distance freestyle events… Season-best time of 1:38.24 in the 200 would have put him #2 on the Florida Southern times list in that event… All of his times in the 100, 200, and 500 would have been NCAA Division II provisional qualifying times.
As a freshman (2014-15)… Competed in 13 meets while swimming the 50-free, 100-free, 200-free and 500-free as well as the 100-butterfly.
In high school… 2014 graduate of Sanderson High School in Raleigh where he swam four years for head coach Chris Muma… Was listed by CollegeSwimming.com as the #8 prospect in the state of North Carolina… Conference champion in the 100- and 200-freestyle as a junior and senior, and placed third in the 200-free at the state meet… State finalist in the 200-free and 100-butterfly as a sophomore… 2-time MVP at Sanderson High School… Also swam for the YOTA (YMCA of the Triangle Area) Swim Team where he was coached by Chad Onken… 4-time YMCA national champion and was part of the national age group record in the 200-freestyle relay… Personal… Son of Chip and Carrie Franz… Has two older brothers (Mark and Ryan)… Father was a runner for the University of Illinois… Former teammate and roommate at North Carolina State, Ryan Held, was part of the United States 4x100 gold medal winning relay team at the Rio Olympics… Favorite pro sports teams are the Carolina Panthers and Carolina Hurricanes.