BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr swim team was back in the pool for some Friday night action this evening, as the Owls welcomed Dickinson to town for a big Centennial Conference meet. The Owls put up plenty of season-best performances and also earned a couple of big wins on the night to make it a close meet the whole way through.
Maya Schneider got the Owls going with their first win of the night in the 200 individual medley. The freshman swimmer had already jumped onto Bryn Mawr's All Time Top 10 Fastest Times list with her strong performance in the event earlier this season, but tonight she topped that effort and picked up her first collegiate victory in the process. Her 2:19.03 this evening beat out the next-closest finisher by over ten seconds, as Schneider smashed the field and set the ninth-fastest 200 IM in Bryn Mawr history in one swoop. Schneider would not stop there, either. The first-year went on to take second place in the 100 backstroke, and then she anchored the Owls' 200 freestyle relay team to victory in the final event of the night.
Schneider was joined on that relay squad by senior Lillian Oyen-Ustad, who also had a fantastic meet for the Owls. Oyen-Ustad earned another win for her 18-19 haul by dominating the 100 freestyle, capturing the top finish in that event by over two seconds. Her time in that event of 55.53 was a new season-best for the New York native, who also set a season-best time in the 50 free. Oyen-Ustad claimed second place in that event, just missing out on the top spot by two tenths of a second. She would close out her night in that 200 free relay, leading off the squad on a night where the Owls would win the event by almost six seconds.
Another highlight of the night for Bryn Mawr was the performance of Becca Adlai-Gail in the 1000 freestyle. The junior took second place in that event, battling hard the whole way through to finish in a time of 11:29.37. That is a new season-best for Adlai-Gail, as she shaved four seconds off of her time in the event earlier this season against Gettysburg.
There were plenty of other strong performances on the night for Bryn Mawr, as the Owls set numerous additional season-best times in the meet. Hannah Nye and Sophie Goldstein in the 50 free; Lauren Birmingham and Maddie Schwimmer in the 100 free; Faith Meacham and Ruth Mullin in the 200 free; Anna Danesh in the 500 free; Meacham, Mullin, and Elizabeth Kunkel in the 100 back; Hannah Soisson and Goldstein in the 100 breast; Lucy Bruemmer and Adlai-Gail in the 100 fly; and Maggie Hernan in the 200 IM, all set season-best times against Dickinson tonight.
The Owls will right back in action next week for a trip to Washington College. That meet is slated to start at 1:00 PM in Chestertown.