BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Owls swim team closed out their season-opening three meet homestand earlier Friday evening with one final home meet. Bryn Mawr played host to Dickinson College in the Schwartz Natatorium, with the Owls posting plenty of positive results along the way. Varuna Jasodanand, Allegra Armstrong, and Lillian Oyen-Ustad each posted victories in the evening meet, while numerous other Owls put up great performances as well.
One of the highlights of the night for Bryn Mawr was the strong effort by Becca Adlai-Gail. The freshman swam in her first collegiate 1000 yard freestyle, and it was a tremendous performance. She swam an incredibly strong race to take second place, putting up a time of 11:34.10 in the event. That is enough to put her in the top ten all-time at Bryn Mawr at the event, an incredible feat for her first collegiate appearance in the grueling distance swim. She would later go on to swim in the 200 butterfly as well, taking third place in that event with a time of 2:34.69.
Varuna Jasodanand kept the incredible start to her Bryn Mawr career going with a victory in the 200 breaststroke. The freshman got out in front early and ran away with the event, ultimately winning by over half a pool length. Her time of 2:34.45 puts her second all-time in Bryn Mawr history in the distance, just missing out on the best time ever at Bryn Mawr by less than two seconds.
Captain Allegra Armstrong also earned a victory on the night in the 500 yard freestyle. She won that event by almost five seconds, swimming a time of 5:47.62 that is a new season best for the senior. That came after Armstrong had already competed in the 200 individual medley as well, swimming a 2:36.77 in that event for a fourth place finish.
Lillian Oyen-Ustad had a busy night for the Owls, but it was worth it, as the sophomore added yet another victory to her collection at Bryn Mawr. Oyen-Ustad cruised out to a lead in the 200 backstroke, and then managed to hold off a late charge from Dickinson's Emily Houser, out-touching her by four tenths of a second in a time of 2:17.12. She also helped the Owls "A" relay take second in the 200 medley, and she took fourth place in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:07.13.
The Owls will now face their first road test of the season next week when they get back in action. Bryn Mawr will travel down to the eastern shore of Maryland to take on Washington College next Saturday, with the meet slated to start at 1:00 PM.