Bryn Mawr Gives Washington College All They Can Handle In Saturday Meet

Becca Adlai-Gail swims for the Owls in the 2016-17 season

CHESTERTOWN, Md. - The Bryn Mawr swim team was back in action Saturday afternoon for a big Centennial Conference matchup against Washington College. The Owls put on plenty of strong performances on the afternoon, including several wins and numerous season-best performances. Senior Lillian Oyen-Ustad earned a pair of victories on the day, and sophomore Hannah Soisson picked up her first individual win of the season as well. However, Washington College did just enough to hold off the Owls in the team scoring, with the Shorewomen claiming a 165-95 win at the end of the day.

Oyen-Ustad got her day started in the 100 yard backstroke, and she showcased just why she is one of the premiere backstrokers in the league. The senior claimed her first win of the day in strong fashion, jumping out to an early lead and holding off all comers to take the win in a time of 1:02.45. That was a season-best time for the veteran Owl, and she turned around just two events later to pick up her second win of the day. Swimming this time in the 50 freestyle, Oyen-Ustad outpaced the field, claiming first place in a time of 26.19. She then earned a second-place finish in the very next race, coming just .05 of a second short of her third win of the day in the 100 freestyle. Oyen-Ustad capped off her day by swimming the opening leg of the Owls' 200 free relay squad.

Hannah Soisson's day began as part of the Owls' second-place finish in the 200 medley relay, and then she got into action a few events later in the 100 breaststroke. The Owls sophomore jumped out to a massive lead in the event, building a lead of almost a full second after the opening lap. Soisson then made that lead stand up the rest of the way, claiming first place with a season-best time of 1:12.83. She capped off her day with a third-place finish in the 200 breaststroke, once again posting a season-best finish of 2:44.47.

Another of the top performers in today's meet was Becca Adlai-Gail. The Bryn Mawr co-captain claimed two second-place finishes and a third-place result, with perhaps her top performance of the day coming in the 1000 freestyle. Adlai-Gail battled hard the entire way through the event, giving Washington's Alexa Luecke a fight the entire way through. Ultimately, Adlai-Gail had to settle for second, missing out on the top spot by just over a second, but she still posted a season-best time in the 1000 free by over 10 seconds. She also took second in the 200 butterfly with a season-best time of 2:25.23 and third in the 100 butterfly in a time of 1:09.41.

Other notable swims included a strong second-place finish in the 200 freestyle by Madelyn Schwimmer. She posted a season-best time of 2:09.00 to take second in that event, while the Owls also got a third-place finish there from Maya Schneider. Schneider also claimed second in the 200 individual medley and a third-place finish in the 200 backstroke. Ryan Griffin took third in the 50 freestyle to close out the top three finishes for Bryn Mawr in the meet.

The Owls will now have a weekend off from action for the Thanksgiving break, but they'll be back in the pool on Wednesday, November 28th for a non-conference meet. Bryn Mawr will welcome both Cabrini and Elizabethtown to campus for some Wednesday night swimming action, with the meet slated to kick off at 6:00 PM in the Schwartz Center pool.