LANCASTER, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr swim team was back in the pool earlier Saturday morning for the third session of the Centennial Conference Championships at Franklin & Marshall. Coming off of a very fast day one of the event, the Owls only improved upon those efforts, including a new school record and a swimmer qualifying for the A finals later tonight!
Varuna Jasodanand stamped her mark on the Bryn Mawr program from the very first time she jumped in the pool, setting a new school record in the 100 breaststroke in the Owls' first meet of this season. Today, the freshman shattered that record once more, going sub-70 seconds in the event for the first time ever for a Bryn Mawr swimmer. Taking part in the preliminaries this morning, Jasodanand threw down a record-setting time of 1:09.74, surpassing her own school record by over a quarter of a second. That mark is almost a second-and-a-half faster than the next closest time ever set at Bryn Mawr. The mark was also good enough to get Jasodanand the second seed in the B final of tonight's finals in the event.
Lillian Oyen-Ustad was the other major newsmaker for the Owls in the morning preliminaries. The versatile sophomore standout got in the pool for the final prelim of the morning, the 100 backstroke, and posted a new season-best time of 59.28. That shattered her previous best of the year in the event by almost two full seconds. While it was just a beat off her own school record, it was plenty fast enough to qualify Oyen-Ustad for the A final of tonight's 100 backstroke. She is already guaranteed to improve upon her finish in last year's championships in the event, where she claimed 11th place overall.
There were plenty of other incredible races in the morning for the Owls. Bryn Mawr opened the day with the 400 individual medley, where Becca Adlai-Gail and Allegra Armstrong were in action. Armstrong rocked it in that event, swimming a 5:06.96 to shave eight seconds off of her previous best time this season. Adlai-Gail wasn't far behind, with the freshman posting a time of 5:10.23 to surpass her previous best by over three full seconds.
In the 100 butterfly, senior Ariane Marchis-Mouren set a new best with a swim of 1:06.44. That surpassed her previous season best in the event by over a full second.
The 200 freestyle and 100 breaststroke each saw a bevy of Owls all set season best times. In the 200 free, Kimberly Akins took over four seconds off of her previous low with a swim of 2:20.03. Right behind was Zosia Haney, whose 2:22.16 was also over four seconds faster than her previous best. Charlotte Xu also set a new season best with a swim of 2:41.46. In the breaststroke, it was Sophie Goldstein who was the second-fastest Bryn Mawr finisher, posting a time of 1:26.28, a second-and-a-half faster than her previous season best. Emma Hoffman also set a new season best in the event with a time of 1:31.56, while Shanzeh Shunaid posted a solid finish with a 1:27.05. Rounding out the day for the Owls in the 100 backstroke was Samantha Forestier, whose 1:10.21 was also a new season best time by three tenths of a second.
Be sure to check back in on this very story later tonight, as we'll recap the swims of Oyen-Ustad in the 100 backstroke finals and Jasodanand in the 100 breaststroke finals, as well as the finishes of Bryn Mawr in the 200 medley and 800 freestyle relays! Or watch all the action live at https://portal.stretchinternet.com/fandm/ starting at 6:00 PM!
The fireworks did not stop for the Owls in the evening session. Bryn Mawr saw even more records fall, starting with the 200 medley relay. After breaking the record in that event at last year's Centennial Conference Championship, the Owls repeated the feat this Saturday evening once again. The Owls quartet of Lillian Oyen-Ustad, Varuna Jasodanand, Ariane Marchis-Mouren, and Ryan Griffin posted a time of 1:54.00. That was enough to blow by the previous school record by almost a second-and-a-half! In the B final, the quartet of Forestier, Allegra Armstrong, Becca Adlai-Gail, and Akins combined to swim a 2:07.45.
Next up for Bryn Mawr was Jasodanand in the B final of the 100 breaststroke. After topping her own school record in the event in the preliminaries this morning, Jasodanand stepped up and shattered the record once again this evening. The freshman blew past the field of the B final, winning the heat with a program-record time of 1:09.00.
Lillian Oyen-Ustad swam in the final individual event of the night, the 100 backstroke. After earning the fifth seed in the A final with an impressive 59.28 time, Oyen-Ustad closed out her day with a sixth place finish in the final, swimming a time of 1:00.31.
The Owls wrapped up their day with the 800 freestyle relay. Bryn Mawr took eighth in the A final, with the foursome of Armstrong, Zosia Haney, Forestier, and Adlai-Gail combining to swim an 8:54.45, over half-a-minute faster than the previous season best in the event.
Bryn Mawr will be back in action tomorrow, the final day of the Centennial Conference Championships. Tomorrow's action will include the 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, and 1650 freestyle, as well as the 400 freestyle relay to close out the weekend. Preliminaries start at 10 AM, with finals scheduled to begin at 6 PM.