POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - The Bryn Mawr swimming team kicked of the 2017 Seven Sisters Championship at Vassar earlier Saturday with a long day in the pool. The Owls posted some really tremendous times and even set some season-bests in a powerful performance on day one of the event.
The Owls set a new season-best time in the 200 freestyle relay in the event. The Bryn Mawr "A" team of Ryan Griffin, Ariane Marchis-Mouren, Varuna Jasodanand, and Lillian Oyen-Ustad took fourth place in the event, posting a time of 1:46.24. That was good enough to beat out the Vassar College "A" team and earn the Owls 30 points towards the team standings. Bryn Mawr's "B" team also put on a strong showing in the event. The Owls' foursome of Sophie Goldstein, Charlotte Xu, Kimberly Akins, and Samantha Forestier put up a time of 2:00.09, good enough for eighth place out of ten teams in action.
Oyen-Ustad stayed busy with a great race in the 50 freestyle. The Owls sophomore once again showcased her speed in the sprint distance with a second-place finish in the event. Her time of 25.30 was just .26 shy of her previous season best in the event. Ryan Griffin was also in action in the sprint event, taking 14th place in a time of 27.42. Akins (28.65) and Sophie Goldstein (29.55) both set new personal records in the event as well, while Shanzeh Shunaid (30.85) and Charlotte Xu (31.88) were also in action in the event.
Oyen-Ustad wrapped up her day in the 100 backstroke, taking third place overall in that event. Oyen-Ustad posted a time of 1:02.16 in the event, less than a second shy of her season best. Forestier and Griffin were also in action in the event, posting times of 1:14.16 and 1:16.60 respectively.
In the evening, a trio of Owls posted a strong effort in the 200 freestyle. Samantha Forestier led the way with a 16th place finish in a time of 2:20.08. Kimberly Akins (2:24.66) posted a new season-best in the event, while Charlotte Xu (2:42.13) was also in action in the event.
In the 500 freestyle, freshman Becca Adlai-Gail put on a tremendous performance. Adlai-Gail took fifth place overall out of 17 competitors in the event. She posted a time of 5:35.50 in the event, a season best for the Owls freshman by almost six full seconds. In fact, that time was a new personal best in the event ever. In the evening, Adlai-Gail earned eighth place in the 400 IM, swimming a 5:15.02.
Jasodanand also posted a time of 2:24.41 in the 200 IM. That was good enough for ninth place in the event, and nine more points towards the Owls' team score. Ariane Marchis-Mouren also competed in the event, and she came up just shy of her season-best time with an effort of 2:35.88 in the distance.
Marchis-Mouren was also in action in the 100 butterfly. The Owls senior swam a 1:10.68 in the event, good enough for 13th.
In the 400 medley relay, Bryn Mawr earned a sixth-place finish thanks to the efforts of their "A" squad. Jasodanand, Oyen-Ustad, Marchis-Mouren, and Griffin combined to swim a 4:34.09 in the event. The "B" squad of Forestier, Shunaid, Adlai-Gail, and Akins posted a time of 4:53.63 in the event as well. The Owls opened the evening session by swimming in the 200 medley, once again taking sixth place with the same "A" quartet posting a time of 1:59.72. The final relay of the day was the 800 freestyle relay, where Bryn Mawr took ninth place with a time of 9:30.69.
The Owls currently sit in fifth place, but with a total of 259 points. That's a high for the Owls through day one dating back at least through the past three Seven Sisters Championships. Bryn Mawr will be back in action tomorrow for the final day of the two-day championship meet.