This article has been updated following the evening finals; the morning prelims recap is now the bottom half of the recap.
GETTYSBURG, Pa. - The Owls swim team was back in action on Friday for day two of the Centennial Conference Championships. Bryn Mawr put together some strong performances in the morning prelims, and two Owls earned their way into the finals on Friday night.
In the evening finals, Becca Adlai-Gail got things started with a spectacular performance in the 500 freestyle. After earning the last spot into the finals with the 16th-best time of prelims in the morning, the senior absolutely rocketed through the field on Friday night. Adlai-Gail ultimately finished third in the consolation final, jumping up five spots from her seed to claim an 11th-place finish. She completely blew past her previous personal best by over four seconds with a time of 5:21.59, and it also gained Bryn Mawr six points towards the team standings.
Maya Schneider also put on a great performance to take another 11th-place finish for the Owls. The sophomore touched the wall in a time of 2:13.38 in the 200 IM, just missing her personal best time by .15 of a second. Her performance was still a new season best by well over three seconds, however, and it also gave the Owls another six points.
Bryn Mawr closed out the night with two strong showings in the 400 medley relay. In the A final, the Owls got yet another fifth-place finish out of a relay squad, and they did so in dramatic fashion. Schneider got the quartet going, and she was joined by strong legs from Hannah Soisson, Emmy Wisz, and Kelly Peterson. When Peterson touched the wall to close out her freestyle leg and end the relay, the Owls had beaten out McDaniel by over 26 seconds in the event to take the fifth-place finish. Even more impressively, the foursome had set a new school record in the event, as their final time of 4:10.07 surpassed the previous program best by over a second!
In the B final, the Owls got another solid sixth-place finish to help pad the point total. Anna Danesh, Maggie Hernan, Becca Adlai-Gail, and Ryan Griffin combined to post a time of 4:28.03 in the event.
With the day's results, Bryn Mawr now sits in fifth place in the team standings with 114 total points. That will be a notable storyline to keep track of, as Bryn Mawr has not finished better than eighth place at Championships since the 2009-10 season. The Owls will be back in action tomorrow at Gettysburg, with prelims once again kicking off at 10:00 AM.
The day opened with prelims in the morning session, starting with the 500 freestyle. Becca Adlai-Gail led the way for the Owls, swimming a time of 5:32.61. While that was just half-a-second shy of Adlai-Gail's previous season best, it was the 16th-fastest time in prelims and gave her the final spot into the evening finals session. Anna Danesh also competed in the event, with the sophomore taking 23rd in a time of 6:07.76.
Maya Schneider was next up for Bryn Mawr in the 200 IM, and she too qualified for the evening finals thanks to a great morning swim. Schneider finished in a time of 2:14.14, taking 10th place overall in prelims to grab a spot in the finals. Her time was also a new season best by over two-and-a-half seconds.
The final event of the morning was the 50 freestyle, which saw 11 Owls in action in the morning. Kelly Peterson led the way for Bryn Mawr, with the first-year taking 25th place in a time of 25.49. That proved to be a new season best for Peterson by over a second, and it propelled her into the Bryn Mawr record book as the fifth-fastest 50 free in program history. Ryan Griffin came across the line next, and the senior put together her fastest 50 free ever, swimming a 25.69 to finish in 28th place. Varuna Jasodanand smashed her season best by over a second with a finish in 26.49. Sophomore Maggie Hernan also shattered her personal best, completely skipping the 27-second range and posting a 26.77 to set a new PB by exactly a second-and-a-half.
Emmy Wisz added to the personal best haul by swimming a 27.04, .24 faster than her previous best time. Madelyn Schwimmer swam a personal best 27.19, Sophia Goldstein posted a season best of 27.74, and Hannah Nye swam a season best 28.09. Hannah Soisson added another personal best with a 28.74, Clara Costello swam a season best 29.10, and Elizabeth Kunkel closed out the event with a season best 31.26.