GETTYSBURG, Pa. – It was another record-breaking night for the Bryn Mawr swim team on Saturday at the Centennial Conference Championships. The Owls shattered another program record just a day after setting a new school record in the 400 medley relay, this time knocking off the previous 200 free relay mark. However, that was just one of the many impressive performances on the day for the Owls.
The new 200 free relay record came as the first event of the evening finals session. The Bryn Mawr quartet of Ryan Griffin, Varuna Jasodanand, Kelly Peterson, and Maya Schneider put together a time of 1:42.56 in the event. That beat out the previous program best by almost three tenths-of-a-second, and it was also good enough to earn the Owls a sixth-place finish in the event. Bryn Mawr did one spot better in the B final, as Maggie Hernan, Madelyn Schwimmer, Sophia Goldstein, and Becca Adlai-Gail took fifth place thanks to a time of 1:47.96.
Schneider also earned her way into the finals of the 400 IM thanks to a great swim in prelims. In the morning, Schneider swam a 4:53.31, the tenth-fastest time of the prelims. That got the sophomore into the B final, where she completely flew past her time from the morning. Schneider swam a 4:47.91 in the evening finals, shattering her previous season best by almost three seconds and also giving her the win in the B final (earning another nine points towards the Bryn Mawr total).
Faith Meacham also put together two fabulous 400 IM swims, starting in prelims, where she topped her previous season best time by almost 13 seconds! Then in finals she did even better, touching the wall in 5:09.61 for another new season best and a 13th-place finish. Rachel Adlai-Gail had an incredible day herself, setting two new personal best times in back-to-back swims. In prelims, Adlai-Gail knocked almost seven seconds off of her own PR, and then in finals she took 14th place with another new PR time of 5:21.50.
Kelly Peterson continued the Owls' success by earning a spot into the finals of the 200 freestyle. The first-year toppled her season best in the event by over two seconds in prelims. Not only did that earn Peterson a spot in finals, but it also vaulted her up the list of all-time fastest times in program history in the event. Her 2:00.51 is now the fourth-fastest time in Bryn Mawr swimming history in the 200 freestyle. Peterson would go on to take 16th in the finals on Saturday night.
The Owls came about as close as possible to getting another performer in finals, as Emmy Wisz just missed out on the last spot into the 100 butterfly. The first-year swam a dead heat with Franklin & Marshall's Niyette Johnson for 16th in the morning prelims, necessitating a swim-off for the coveted final spot. Her time of 1:01.53 was a new season best, and it also placed Wisz fourth all-time for fastest 100 fly swims in program history. However, she was not done yet, shaving even more time off of that mark in the swim-off with a time of 1:01.29. Unfortunately, that was just barely not enough to take the swim-off, as Johnson posted a 1:00.96 to take the final spot.
There were plenty of other strong performances from the Owls in the morning prelims. Ruth Mullin set a new season best in the 100 fly with a time of 1:14.22. Madelyn Schwimmer shattered her season best in the 200 freestyle by almost three seconds, swimming the event in 2:07.76.
Hannah Soisson led a trio of Owls in the 100 breaststroke, setting a new season best with a time of 1:12.80. Maggie Hernan just missed a new personal best by two tenths-of-a-second, finishing just behind Soisson with a time of 1:15.23. Sophia Goldstein did set a new PR, and did so handily. Goldstein swam a 1:18.18, surpassing her previous personal best by over four seconds.
Varuna Jasodanand was another Owl to just miss out on finals, as the senior finished in 17th in the prelims of the 100 backstroke. Jasodanand swam a 1:05.86 in the event, still a new season best for the senior. Hannah Nye's 1:09.46 was a new personal best by five seconds, Elizabeth Kunkel swam a new PR with a time of 1:15.05, while Anna Danesh (1:07.71) and Ruth Mullin (1:15.72) each set new season bests as well.
With the day's results, the Owls now sit in seventh place in the team standings. They will be right back in action for the final day of the Centennial Conference Championships on Sunday.