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Owls Swimming Sees Plenty of Personal Bests at Gettysburg Invitational

Lillian Oyen-Ustad races the freestyle in her senior season

GETTYSBURG, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr swim team capped off the 2018 calendar year earlier Saturday by taking part in the annual Gettysburg Invitational. The Owls sent a handful of swimmers to central PA for the two-day event, and that group put on quite a showing, with personal- and season-bests happening all over the place all weekend.

Maya Schneider got the weekend started off by setting the third-fastest 200 backstroke time in Bryn Mawr history. The first-year took fifth place overall in the event, coming home in a time of 2:13.89, which is also just off of her own personal best in the event. Schneider stayed hot all weekend, continuing with the 400 IM. She jumped into the top-ten fastest times at Bryn Mawr in that event as well, swimming a 4:54.41 to post the sixth-fastest time in that event in program history. She would close out her weekend with a third spectacular performance, this time in the 200 IM. The first-year posted the second-fastest time in Bryn Mawr history in that one, racing home in a time of 2:13.23, missing out on a personal best by just two tenths of a second and a new school record by less than four tenths of a second.

Another first-year who showcased some impressive talent this weekend was Maggie Hernan, starting with the 200 breaststroke. Hernan posted a time of 2:45.77 in that one, getting within one second of a new personal best time in that event. Later on in the weekend, Hernan nearly posted another lifetime best, as she swam a 2:29.96 in the 200 IM.

Ryan Griffin had a solid weekend for the Owls as well, setting two new personal best times in the Invitational. She started with a season best in the 100 freestyle (58.94), but the real impressive work came in the 100 backstroke and 50 freestyle. In the 100 back, the Owls junior posted a time of 1:09.51, and then she set another lifetime best in the 50 free with a time of 25.81.

Lillian Oyen-Ustad has always put on some great showings at the Gettysburg Invitational, and this year was no different. The senior started things off in the 100 freestyle, setting a new season best and just missing out on a new personal best with a time of 54.96 in the event. On Saturday, Oyen-Ustad took fifth place in the 50 freestyle, setting yet another season-best time of 25.10 in that one, and she would replicate the feat with a tremendous 50 backstroke split as well.

Another Owl who had an impressive weekend was Lauren Birmingham, as she set three new lifetime best times. It started with a new personal best time of 58.95 in the 100 free on Friday. Then, Birmingham also set personal bests in the 200 free (2:12.55) and 50 free (26.48).

Hannah Soisson also had a very strong weekend for Bryn Mawr. The sophomore started things off with a 12th place finish in the 200 breaststroke, coming home in a time of 2:42.52. She would go on to post a solid finish in the 100 breast (1:14.86) as well.

With the results today, the Owls put the 2018 calendar year in the books, and look forward to coming back in January for a strong second half of their season. The Owls will be back in action on January 19th and 20th, as they kick off their return with the annual Seven Sisters Championship, hosted this season by Smith.