GETTYSBURG, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr swim team sent a squad of Owls over to Gettysburg earlier Friday night for the opening evening of the Gettysburg Invitational. The two-day meet always seems to draw a crowd of strong programs from around the region, and this year's event is no different. Despite facing off against some incredibly talented individuals from other programs, Bryn Mawr's student-athletes more than lived up to the billing.
Varuna Jasodanand kept her tremendous debut season rolling with a strong showing in the 200 breaststroke. The freshman took eleventh place in the event with a time of 2:33.68. That is the second-fastest time in school history and is less than a second off of the school record set all the way back in 1992.
Another swimmer who put on a good showing for the Owls on this night was Lillian Oyen-Ustad. The sophomore had arguably the busiest night for Bryn Mawr, competing in three events total. She managed to handle that well, setting season best times in both the 200 backstroke and 100 freestyle.
Senior captain Ariane Marchis-Mouren set an all-time personal best time in the 200 butterfly. She completed that event in a time of 2:30.53, besting her previous fastest race by seven seconds. Fellow captain Allegra Armstrong also put together a strong performance for the Owls in the 1650 freestyle. It was the first time swimming the mile in over three years for the senior, but Armstrong showed no signs of rust. She completed the grueling event in a time of 19:51 and is now looking forward to taking the challenge on again at the Seven Sisters Championship in January. Becca Adlai-Gail also competed in the mile swim at tonight's invite. The freshman showcased some tremendous endurance by earning a 13th place finish in the event, finishing in a time of 19:03.
One final event on day one nearly proved historic for the Owls. Bryn Mawr stacked their 200 medley relay team with four of the strongest swimmers in the squad. In fact, the team of Oyen-Ustad, Jasodanand, Marchis-Mouren, and Ryan Griffin did manage to break the school record by two seconds. However, they were disqualified due to a false start, thus keeping the time from counting. Still, with that group now knowing they can pull off the feat, look out for the Owls to shatter that mark sometime this season.
Bryn Mawr will be back in action tomorrow for the final day of the Gettysburg Invitational.