by Bryn Mawr Assitant Athletics Communication Director Kayla Lawrence
BRYN MAWR, Pa. -- After a brief Thanksgiving break the Bryn Mawr Swimming team was back in action Wednesday evening for a dual meet against Cabrini College and Elizabethtown University. The Owls posted outstanding results landing wins over both teams in attendance. The Owls outscored Cabrini 117- 87 and powered past Elizabethtown with a final score of 132-72. With both wins the Owls will improve to 2-5 for the season overall.
The 200 yard medley relay set the precedent for the dual meet against Cabrini College and Elizabeth University. The Owls came out the blocks strong and landed a first place finish in a time of 1:59.04. Later the Owls would find that their relay wins would be huge in helping the team land its first wins of the season. The 200 yard relay team was composed of Varuna Jasodanand, Hannah Soisson, Lucy Bruemmer and Ryan Griffin.
For the Owls it was Becca Adlai-Gail who shocked the crowd. The sophomore swimmer was not orginally supposed to swim the 1000 and 500 yard freestyle however on the drop of the dime she was committed to doing whatever her coach asked of her. Little did she know that she would come out with a first place finish in both events. Adlai-Gail clocked in a time of 11:34.16 in the 100 yard freestyle and 5:36.08 in the 500. Adlai-Gail also laded a third place finish in the 100 yard butterfly clocking in a time of 1:08.02 which was just one second behind the second place finisher freshman Lucy Bruemmer (1:07.56). Faith Meacham also swam in both the 1000 and 500 yard freestyle and PR'd in both events in times of 12:09.77 and 5:59.69 respectively.
Varuna Jasodanand raced in her first meet back from resting an injury and landed a first place finish for the Owls in the 100 Yard Backstroke. The sophomore finished in a time of 1:03.63 nearly six second before the second place finisher.
Another outstanding performer for the Owls was Lilian Oyen-Ustad. She began her day with a second place finish in the 200 yard freestyle finishing in a time of 2:05.23. Thereafter the junior captain quickly found comfort in her own pool and turned up the heat landing a first place finish in the 100 yard freestyle in a time of 56.75. Oyen-Ustad was the only women competitor in the event to finish in under a minute. Oyen-Ustad closed out her day by taking part in the 200 yard freestyle relay.
The 200 yard freestyle relay composed of Lilian Oyen-Ustad, Varuna Jasodanand, Lauren Birmingham and Ryan Griffin played a crucial role in the teams win over both Cabrini and Elizabethtown. The foursome's time of 1:46.36 landed the Owls yet another first place finish in the meet beating out the second place finisher by more than five seconds.
Ryan Griffin had an exceptional race in the 50 yard freestyle, the sophomore swam to a second place finish in a time of 26.55 and was able to beat out 12 other competitors in the event.
After landing her first collegiate individual victory last meet in the 200 breaststroke, Hannah Soisson came back wednesday evening and won the 100 yard breaststroke in a time of 1:14.57. The freshman swimmer was just another crucial part of the Owls win wednesday evening, as she and the rest of the team proved to be strong contenders.
Prior to the teams races Wednesday evening the Owls hosted over 75 students, faculty and staff members for the annual "Owls Fight For A Cure" relay to raise funds for the Bryn Mawr Hospital Comprehensive Breast Cancer Center to focus on access to prevention and care. The race consisted of 3 preliminary heats to narrow down the field to the 2 fastest relays in each preliminary heat. This years winner were Lillian Oyen-Ustad, Jason Hewitt, Lauren Herelle and Isla Hutchinson.
The Owls will head to the Gettysburg Invitational for a two day meet on both Friday, December 1st and Saturday, December 2nd. Events will begin at 6 PM Friday evening.