BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr swim team came within just a couple points of their first win of the season earlier Wednesday night against Cabrini. Despite the tough loss in the team scoring, the night was highly successful across many fronts for the Owls in the pool. It seemed that every time a swimmer touched the wall for Bryn Mawr on this night, there were new season or personal best times being set.
The best place to start for evidence of the powerful performance the Owls put on in the water may be the efforts of Varuna Jasodanand. The Owls freshman earned victories in two separate events on the night, with a big victory in the 100 backstroke. After taking second in the 200 freestyle, Jasodanand picked up her first win in the 100 back with a time of 1:02.77. Not only is that a personal best for the Mauritius native, it is also the fifth-fastest time in Bryn Mawr history in the event. As an encore, Jasodanand went right back out two events later and won the 100 breaststroke, easily coasting in for the victory in a time of 1:14.21.
Lillian Oyen-Ustad had an equally impressive night for Bryn Mawr with two victories and a second-place finish of her own. Oyen-Ustad kicked things off with a win in the 50 freestyle, using a season-best performance of 25.47 to easily win that event by over a full second. A few events later, the Owls sophomore backed that up with a win in the 100 freestyle as well, taking the victory in a time of 57.01. The New York native would close out her night in the very next event with a second-place finish in the 100 backstroke.
The personal and season bests kept rolling in throughout the entire meet from plenty of other swimmers for Bryn Mawr. Allegra Armstrong earned a win in the 200 individual medley, posting a time of 2:29.03. That was a season best for the Owls' co-captain, who also took third in the 1000 freestyle and swam the third leg of Bryn Mawr's 200 free relay. Fellow captain Ariane Marchis-Mouren had a big night of her own, starting with the 200 medley relay. The Owls senior swam the butterfly leg in that event, and her split of 29.63 was her best ever. She then went on to place third in the 200 IM, where she shaved a handful of seconds off of her career best in that event with a time of 2:34.49. Marchis-Mouren would close out her night with a second place finish in the 100 butterfly.
Becca Adlai-Gail was another strong performer for Bryn Mawr, as she claimed two second place finishes on the night for the Owls. She started her night in the grueling 1000 freestyle, where she set a new personal best time of 11:26.53 en route to the second spot in the race. Later, she took third in the 100 butterfly, and then Adlai-Gail closed out her night by setting a season best time in the 500 free with a 5:41.26 second place finish.
Fellow freshman Emma Hoffman had two very solid swims, as she shaved two seconds off of her career best in the 100 breaststroke. Hoffman would also set a new season best time in the 200 free. Kimberly Akins also set a new season best time in the 50 freestyle.
Tonight's meet marks the final team event for the Owls in 2016, but the squad will be right back in action this weekend. Bryn Mawr will send numerous swimmers to the always popular Gettysburg Invitational on Friday and Saturday, with the Owls sure to be looking to set some new records at that big event.