WESTMINSTER, Md. - The Bryn Mawr swim team got back into league action earlier Saturday afternoon with a trip to McDaniel. After an incredible performance at the Seven Sisters Championship last weekend, the Owls were ready and raring to go against the Green Terror, and it certainly showed with some very strong performances in the water on this day.
Perhaps the strongest event of the day for Bryn Mawr was the 50 freestyle. The Owls took two of the top three spots in the sprint event, led by a victory for Lillian Oyen-Ustad. The sophomore took first in the event with a time of 25.67. Freshman Ryan Griffin was close behind, taking third place with a time of 26.85. Oyen-Ustad also earned a victory in the 200 backstroke as well, claiming the top spot with a time of 2:14.75 to out-touch McDaniel's Sara Hegna by .01 of a second! Oyen-Ustad and Griffin would also compete alongside Becca Adlai-Gail and Varuna Jasodanand in the 200 free relay, where Bryn Mawr took second with a time of 1:48.24, just a bit off of their season best in the event.
Another Owl who had a tremendous day was freshman Samantha Forestier. The Massachusetts native opened her afternoon in the 400 medley relay, swimming the opening leg of that event. Forestier posted a split of 1:10.59 in the backstroke leg of the event, a new season best for her. She would double down on that performance by swimming a season best a few events later in the 200 freestyle as well. Forestier took third place in that event with a time of 2:18.74. She would close out the day in the 100 freestyle as the top Bryn Mawr finisher in that event with a time of 1:03.95.
Becca Adlai-Gail was another Owl in peak form during the day. The freshman opened her afternoon in the 200 free with a second-place performance, swimming a 2:08.53 in the event to shatter her previous season-best in the event by almost four seconds. Later, she and Ariane Marchis-Mouren would go 1-2 in the 200 butterfly. Adlai-Gail would cap off her meet with a strong leg in the 200 free relay as well.
Other notable races for the Owls included a new season best in the 50 free for Emma Hoffman, who swam a 32.42 in the event. In the 200 IM, Zosia Haney picked up a new season best time as well, swimming that event in a time of 2:53.50. Sophie Goldstein earned a season best in the 100 free, swimming a 1:06.07.
The Owls will now return home to the Schwartz Center for one last meet before Centennial Conference Championships. Bryn Mawr will welcome Ursinus to campus next Saturday at 1:00 PM for Senior Day. The Owls will then travel to Franklin & Marshal on February 17-19 for the annual league championship meet.