BRYN MAWR, Pa. - It may be hard to believe, but another calendar year of Bryn Mawr Athletics action is almost in the books! We decided to take a look back at five of the biggest (most-read) stories on GoBrynMawr.com from this past year!
The 2016-17 Bryn Mawr crew season was arguably the most successful in the program's history, highlighted by several strong showings in various regattas. The Kerr Cup Regatta was an expecially historic day for the Owls, as the team earned their first-ever victory at that event. The Owls eight, made up of Ji Yoon Ahn, Emily Spiegel, Jane Liu, Jill Li, Aurielle Hampton, Sophia McConnell, Samantha Forestier, and Eliza Wagner and coxed by Anna Ferlanti, won the first heat of the day, posting a time of 7:44.90. The varsity four also qualified for their final, where they took second place. Then in the final of the varsity eight event, Bryn Mawr's eight once again threw down an impressive performance, taking the first win in program history by over eight seconds.
Another Owls team picked up their first ever meet win in the spring as well, as the track and field squad dominated the Crusader Invitational. The Owls throwers paced the team out of the gates, as four different student-athletes earned points for the team in the shot put. Natalia Phillip set a new school record in the event with a toss of 11.00 meters to win the event. Halena Martin won the discus, with Phillip taking second place in that event as well. In the distance events, the Owls picked up even more points as Kate Edwards won the 10k going away with a time of 39:13. Campbell Powell and Anna Kyle also picked up victories, while other Owls earned numerous second place finishes on the day as Bryn Mawr dominated the team scoring to win the meet.
Our third-most read story from the past year comes from earlier this month, as the Bryn Mawr swimming team sent some of their top athletes to the Gettysburg Invitational. Lillian Oyen-Ustad and Hannah Soisson were both in action in the final event of 2017 for the swim team. Oyen-Ustad posted new season best times in both the 200 and 50 freestyle races, including a 6th-place finish in the 50 freestyle sprint. Soisson posted a personal record in the 100 breaststroke to take 13th place, and then put up a solid finish in the 200 IM later in the day.
The National Field Hockey Coaches Association announced their upcoming Hall of Fame class back in September, and Bryn Mawr Athletics legend was named as one of the selections to that historic group. Shillingford served as the head field hockey coach at Bryn Mawr from 1976-1998, recording 169 victories during that span. The Owls had their three winningest seasons under Shillingford's leadership, with the team winning 11 games each in 1981, 1985, and 1986. She also spent four seasons as the Bryn Mawr basketball coach, and two seasons each coaching tennis and lacrosse. In her later years as a head coach, Shillingford also took the role of Director of Athletics, leading Bryn Mawr into their membership with the Centennial Conference.
Shillingford will be formally inducted into the NFHCA Hall of Fame at an awards ceremony held during the 2018 NFHCA Annual Convention from January 10-12 in Florida - be on the lookout for more news about this story in the upcoming new year!
As evidenced in #4, the spring of 2017 was incredibly successful for the Bryn Mawr track & field team, and Natalia Phillip was a big cog in the team's achievements. The first-year thrower seemed to set new school records week after week, with none bigger than her record-setting performance at the Penn Relays. Competing in the historic event for the first time, Phillip showed no signs of stage fright as she blasted past her own school record in the shot put by almost a half-meter.
Here's to all of the amazing achievements of our student-athletes in the past year, and even more ahead in the next!