BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr swim team was back in action Saturday afternoon as they hosted a tri-meet, with both Franklin & Marshall and Swarthmore in attendance. The Owls once again put on a solid performance in the event, with several Bryn Mawr athletes posting new personal bests on the day. Swarthmore came away with the pair of victories on the day in the team standings, as they were able to swim past both Bryn Mawr and the Diplomats.
Senior captain Ariane Marchis-Mouren had a standout day for the Owls, setting personal best times in both the 100 and 200 butterfly. Marchis-Mouren came in ninth in the packed event with a time of 1:08.76, a new career low. In the 200, the senior posted a time of 2:37.58, using one of the faster opening legs in the meet to race out to a new personal best in that event as well. She also competed in both of the Owls' relays on the day as well, helping Bryn Mawr take fifth in the 200 medley relay and then swimming a very strong opening leg of the Owls' 400 freestyle to help Bryn Mawr take seventh in that event.
Freshman Kimberly Akins was another strong performer for Bryn Mawr this afternoon, as she also set two personal bests herself. She opened her day as the third leg of one of Bryn Mawr's 200 medley relay teams, and then she had to turn right back around a couple events later to swim in the 200 freestyle. She showed no ill effects of that quick turnaround, though, as she topped her previous best time in that event with a finish of 2:26.48. Akins doubled up on that performance by setting a new personal best in the 50 free as well, coming home in a time of 28.94. She would close out the day in the "B" squad of the Owls' 400 freestyle relay.
Allegra Armstrong had yet another gutty performance on the day for the Owls. The senior captain competed in four of the toughest events in the meet for Bryn Mawr, and did so with great strength. Armstrong opened the day with the grueling 1000 freestyle, where she finished in sixth place with a time of 11:55. Later, she would also race in the 200 breaststroke (2:56.77) and the incredibly difficult 200 individual medley (2:35.95). Armstrong capped off her long day by swimming the anchor leg of the Owls' 400 freestyle relay, helping the team come home in a solid time of 4:13.
Becca Adlai-Gail has been a solid young performer for Bryn Mawr all season, and that continued today. The freshman took seventh place in the 200 butterfly, swimming that event in a time of 2:29.58. She also swam on the "A" squad for Bryn Mawr in the 400 free relay. Her best performance on the day, however, came in the 500 freestyle. Adlai-Gail paced herself brilliantly in the tough distance event and it paid off, as she finished in fifth place with a new personal best time of 5:41.45 in the event.
Lillian Oyen-Ustad added another second-place finish to her career at Bryn Mawr, and it was another incredibly close race. The sophomore just missed out on winning the 50 freestyle by a tenth of a second, instead taking second place in the event with a time of 25.70. She also finished fourth in the 100 backstroke, swimming that event in a time of 1:03.25. Meanwhile, Varuna Jasodanand continued to impress as well in today's meet. The freshman finished in third in the 100 breaststroke, battling through a nagging injury to post a time of 1:11.38 in that event.
The Owls will be right back in action next week, as they continue their Centennial Conference season with a home meet against Dickinson. Bryn Mawr will welcome the Red Devils to campus on Friday, the 11th, with the meet slated to start at 6:00 PM.