BRYN MAWR, Pa. – The Owls swim team has just about wrapped up their tapering period and are all set for this weekend's Centennial Conference Championship meet, which will begin on Thursday evening at Gettysburg College. The four day event will be the culmination of the 2019-20 campaign, a chance for the Owls to make some noise against the rest of the league, compete for medals and school records, and perhaps even set a qualifying mark for the NCAA Championship. Here's a quick preview of what is ahead this weekend, and you can find more details at Gettysburg's championship website here.
The weekend starts Thursday evening at 7:00 PM with the 200 medley and 800 freestyle relays. Then, the action really picks up – starting on Friday and going through Sunday, there will be morning Prelims at 10:00 AM, with finals for those same events taking place at 6:00 PM each evening. Finals will include two heats in each event – a consolation final made up of the ninth thru 16th-fastest finishers from prelims, and the championship final consisting of the top eight finishers in prelims. A full psych sheet can be found here, or read on for a quick summary of each day.
On Friday, things kick off with the 500 freestyle, where Owls senior Becca Adlai-Gail will begin her final Centennial Conference Championship seeded right in the middle of the field. Kelly Peterson will kick off her first career CC Championship in the same event, with Madelyn Schwimmer, Faith Meacham, and Anna Danesh all set to swim the event as well. Maya Schneider will kick off her 2020 CC Championship meet seeded as the 17th-fastest time in the 200 IM, an event in which she holds the second-fastest time in program history. The Owls will also feature 11 swimmers in action in the 50 free, and will close out the night with the 400 medley relay.
On Saturday, Schneider kicks things back off with the 400 IM, where she is seeded ninth and also holds the record for the second-fastest time in program history. In the 100 fly, first-year Emmy Wisz is seeded 15th thanks to her 1:02.18 from earlier this season, which was the sixth-fastest time in school history. Peterson and Schwimmer will be back in action in the 200 free after that, and then Hannah Soisson will get her first crack at her specialty, the breaststroke. Soisson holds the third-fastest time in school history in the 100 breast, and she comes into this year's championship seeded 18th in the event. She will be joined by Varuna Jasodanand, Maggie Hernan, Sophia Goldstein, and Hannah Nye. Jasodanand will lead the way for the Owls in the final event of the day, the 100 backstroke, where she currently holds the fifth-fastest time in school history.
Things will wrap up on Sunday starting with the 1650 freestyle, where Becca Adlai-Gail is the highest seeded Owl. Schneider will start her day with the 200 backstroke, where she also holds the third-fastest time in program history. Schwimmer, Ryan Griffin, Hernan, Goldstein, Clara Costello, Nye, and Elizabeth Kunkel will compete in the 100 freestyle for the Owls. Soisson, Schneider, Jasodanand, and Hernan will get one more crack at the 200 breaststroke, and then Bryn Mawr will get a couple of really great looks at the 200 butterfly. Peterson is seeded sixth going into the event, and her 2:12.77 from earlier this year is the third-fastest time in program history in the event. Wisz is not too far behind, as she goes into this weekend as the 11th seed after having swam the seventh-fastest time in program history earlier this season. The Owls will wrap up championship weekend by competing in the 400 free relay.
Gettysburg will be streaming all seven sessions of the Championship meet, with audio commentary live during the evening finals. You can find the stream each day at https://portal.stretchinternet.com/centennial/. In addition, there will be live results throughout the event at http://public.gettysburg.edu/~sfumagal/index.htm.
Be sure to keep locked in to GoBrynMawr.com and the Bryn Mawr Athletics social channels throughout the weekend for your updates on the Owls!