GETTYSBURG, Pa. - It was another successful day at the Centennial Conference Championships for the Bryn Mawr swim team on Friday. The Owls had a full flight of swimmers in the water on day two of the action, and the team saw their first swimmer of the meet make finals thanks to a strong prelim performance in the morning session.
The day started off in the 500 freestyle, where Becca Adlai-Gail led the way for the Owls. The junior put up a time of 5:27.52 in the event, a new season-best performance by 10 seconds. That also gave her a 19th place finish, just outside one of the two alternate spots for the evening finals session. Two other Bryn Mawr swimmers smashed their season-best times in the event as well. Madelyn Schwimmer took 25th place in the prelims thanks to a time of 5:31.07, nine seconds faster than her previous season-best. Faith Meacham also had a fantastic swim, as the sophomore topped her season best by 12 seconds with a time of 5:49.09 in the event.
Following that, it was Maya Schneider's turn to get in the water for the first time in an individual event as an Owl at Championships. The first-year phenom took on the 200 IM in the second event of the morning, and she showed off with a strong performance that earned her into the evening session. Schneider put up a time of 2:14.79 in the event, just a touch off of the second-fastest time in program history she set earlier this season. That was good enough for the 12th-fastest time of the prelims, qualifying her for the B final in the evening session. Lucy Bruemmer also had a strong performance in the IM this morning, as the Owls sophomore swam a 2:24.52 to surpass her previous season-best in the event by over three seconds.
The final individual event of the day was the 50 freestyle, and that was certainly a packed event for the Owls. Lillian Oyen-Ustad led the way for Bryn Mawr, as the senior put up the 22nd-fastest time in a crowded 57-swimmer field. Her time of 25.07 was also a season-best on the year, beating out her previous fastest by one one-hundredth of a second. Varuna Jasodanand was the next finisher home for Bryn Mawr, putting up a time of 26.58 to shatter her previous season-best by over a second. Sophia Goldstein (27.36), Hannah Nye (27.58), and Elizabeth Kunkel (31.13) each also set season-bests in the event on the day.
The evening session kicked off with Schneider back in the water for the B finals of the 200 individual medley. The first-year showed no signs of nerves or jitters in the final, as she buckled down and found another gear to throw down an even faster time than in prelims. Schneider raced home in a time of 2:13.34, the second-fastest time of the B final. That finish was almost a second-and-a-half faster than her qualifying time from the morning, and it also earned the Owls seven more points towards the team score.
The final event of the night for Bryn Mawr was 400 medley relay, where the Owls were able to pick up more crucial points in the team standings thanks to a strong seventh place finish. Jasodanand, Hannah Soisson, Schneider, and Oyen-Ustad combined to put up a time of 4:11.23, easily a new season best and also just .15 of a second off of the program record in the event. That would have easily been enough for Bryn Mawr to beat out McDaniel in the event, but the Green Terror also suffered a disqualification which sealed Bryn Mawr's finish ahead of them. That gave the Owls 24 more points towards their team score, and they earned another four in the B final thanks to strong swims from Anna Danesh, Maggie Hernan, Becca Adlai-Gail, and Lucy Bruemmer.
At the end of the night, Bryn Mawr sits in seventh place in the team standings, just 29 points back of Washington College. The Owls have a lead on McDaniel and will look to build on that tomorrow as Bryn Mawr aims to finish in the top seven at Championships for the first time since 2010. Saturday's slate will include the 400 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, and 100 backstroke, with the 200 free relay included in the evening session. Be sure to follow the Owls live at GoBrynMawr.com as they continue their Championship weekend, with preliminary action resuming at 10:00 AM on Saturday!