GETTYSBURG, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr swim team was right back in the water on Saturday for day three of the Centennial Conference Championships, and once again there were numerous impressive performances from Owls swimmers on the day. First-year Maya Schneider continued her impressive debut at championships, as she earned the win in the B Final of the 400 individual medley. The Owls also maintained their grip on seventh place in the team standings thanks to Schneider's efforts and some strong relay performances.
The preliminary session opened with that very 400 individual medley, and Schneider earned her way into the evening finals thanks to her posting 11th-fastest time of the morning. Schneider came home in a time of 4:48.92, which was a season best by five and a half seconds. That also bumped Schneider up in the all-time fastest times at Bryn Mawr, as she tied the fifth-fastest in program history with that performance. It also guaranteed she would be back in action in the evening finals.
In those finals, Schneider wowed again, this time by winning the B Final of that 400 IM in dominating fashion. The first-year finished the grueling event in a time of 4:43.69, easily winning her race by over two seconds! What's more, her time would have seen her finish in fifth place in the A Final, and it was a new personal best time for Schneider by almost five full seconds. Perhaps most impressive, the 4:43.69 is the second-fastest 400 IM time in Bryn Mawr swimming history, and the fastest since 1984! The win gave Schneider ninth place overall in the event and added nine more points to Bryn Mawr's team score.
The Owls also picked up points in the night's relay event. In the A Final of the 200 freestyle relay, Lillian Oyen-Ustad, Lauren Birmingham, Madelyn Schwimmer, and Varuna Jasodanand combined to post a 1:44.04. That was a new season best time for the Owls in the event, and it also added another 22 points to the Bryn Mawr tally.
There were plenty more very impressive performances from Bryn Mawr back in the morning session as well. The 400 IM also saw Becca Adlai-Gail and Faith Meacham in action. Adlai-Gail posted a season-best time of 5:08.02 to take 18th place. Meacham shattered her own season-best by almost 14 seconds, posting a new personal best time of 5:08.89 to finish just behind Adlai-Gail in the final standings.
In the 100 butterfly, Lucy Bruemmer led the way with a 1:04.73, a season best by almost two seconds. Ruth Mullin wasn't far behind, and her 1:11.42 was a season best by two and a half seconds and also a new personal best.
Schwimmer was in action in the 200 freestyle, where she set a new season best with a time of 2:05.72. Lauren Birmingham smashed her on personal best in the event by over two full seconds thanks to a 2:10.04, and Charlotte Xu also saw action with a 32nd place finish in the event.
Next up was the 100 breaststroke, with Hannah Soisson leading the way for Bryn Mawr. The sophomore took 22nd place overall in the event thanks to a 1:14.25. Maggie Hernan, Hannah Nye, and Sophia Goldstein all finished close behind. Hernan's 1:15.03 was a personal best by over a second. The same goes for Nye and her 1:17.80, while Goldstein took 26th with a 1:24.27.
The prelims closed with the 100 backstroke, where Varuna Jasodanand headlined a strong group of Owls swimmers. Jasodanand took 21st overall with a 1:04.00, a new season best time for the junior. Anna Danesh finished close behind with a 1:05.58, a new personal best time by over a second. Clara Costello also notched a personal best by almost a second with a 1:13.92. Ruth Mullin's 1:14.82 was a season best, while Elizabeth Kunkel also found a new PR thanks to a 1:16.23.
With the day's results, the Owls continue to hold on to seventh place in the team standings, though McDaniel has closed the gap somewhat. The Owls currently sit at 122 total points, behind the 188 of Washington College and just ahead of McDaniel's 119. It should be a very entertaining final day of the championship on Sunday. The final day will include the grueling 1650 freestyle, the 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, and will close with the 400 free relay. Prelims will start at 10, while finals begin slightly earlier at 5:00 PM on Sunday.