READING, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr swim team got back into a regular routine earlier Saturday afternoon at Albright, as the Owls swam their first dual meet of the 2019 calendar year. With this being a non-conference event, it was a good chance for the Owls to get back in the water and get warmed back up for the final push into the conference championships, and several Bryn Mawr swimmers showcased strong performances along the way.
Lillian Oyen-Ustad was back to her winning ways for Bryn Mawr, as the senior threw down an impressive performance in the 50 freestyle. Oyen-Ustad posted a time of 26.07, good enough to take the top spot by over half-a-second. Later, Oyen-Ustad took second place in the 100 free, just missing out on first place by .32 of a second. She also put up a great second leg in Bryn Mawr's winning 200 free relay at the end of the meet.
Madelyn Schwimmer had a solid day for the Owls, highlighted by a season-best time in the 500 freestyle. Swimming the event for the second time this season, Schwimmer knocked over two seconds off of her previous best, finishing in a time of 5:40.35. That was also good enough for second place in that event, as she missed out on the top spot by less than half-a-second. She also took fourth in the 200 free, and closed out the day swimming the third leg of Bryn Mawr's winning 200 free relay team.
Lucy Bruemmer also posted a season-best time in the 200 breaststroke. After swimming the event for the first time this season at last week's Seven Sisters Championship, the sophomore topped that time by almost a full second, using a time of 2:46.70 to finish in fourth. Bruemmer also helped the Owls 200 medley relay team finish in second place to open the meet, and later she took third place in the 200 IM.
Other notable performances included a second place finish for Maya Schneider in the 1000 freestyle, as she came home in a time of 11:54.46 in that one. The first-year would go on to claim another second place finish later on in the 200 IM, posting a time of 2:21.98 to just miss out on the top spot by .13. She then made it three-for-three for second place finishes as she claimed the penultimate spot in the 200 backstroke, again just missing out on first by tenths of a second.
Hannah Soisson came in second place in the 200 breaststroke, posting a time of 2:44.64 to just outtouch the next closest finisher from Albright.
Clara Costello had a strong afternoon for the Owls, starting with the 200 freestyle. Swimming in the distance for the first time this season, the freshman swam a 2:27.75 in that event. Later, Costello would go on to repeat that feat in the 200 backstroke, where she swam that distance for the first time and posted a finish of 2:45.71.
The Owls have another non-conference meet next up on their calendar, as this time, Bryn Mawr welcomes Immaculata to campus. That meet will be on Tuesday night in the Schwartz Center Natatorium, with the opening event set to start at 6:00 PM.