GETTYSBURG, Pa. – The Owls swim team capped off their 2019-20 campaign earlier Sunday afternoon with the final day of the Centennial Conference Championships. After several days of record-setting action, Bryn Mawr showed no signs of slowing down on the last day of their season, throwing down even more impressive performances to close out their season.
Senior Becca Adlai-Gail had one of the big storylines on day four of Championships, as she smashed her own personal best in the mile to leap into the top three all-time at Bryn Mawr. Adlai-Gail posted a time of 18:19.55 in the grueling event, the third-fastest 1650 free in program history. That was good enough to take fifth place in the event and beat out Adlai-Gail's previous personal best by over 44 seconds. Adlai-Gail also earned a spot into the B final of the 200 butterfly thanks to a season-best time of 2:22.24 in the morning. The senior ultimately took 16th in the event in the evening finals, the final swim of her Bryn Mawr career.
Kelly Peterson continued to flash some speed on the final day of the season as well. The first-year qualified for the A finals of the 200 butterfly with the sixth-fastest time of the morning, a 2:13.59. Peterson then topped that time by over a full second in the evening finals to leap up a spot and claim another fifth-place finish for Bryn Mawr. Her time of 2:12.56 is now the new third-fastest 200 fly time in program history.
Her classmate Emmy Wisz also earned a spot in the evening finals of the 200 fly thanks to a 2:17.07 in the morning. Wisz went on to smash that time in finals, swimming a 2:15.74. That was enough to take 13th in the event, and it also gave her the sixth-fastest 200 fly time in program history as well.
Maya Schneider capped off her sophomore Championships weekend with one more trip to finals, this time in the 200 back. Schneider swam a 2:14.79 in the prelims and ultimately went on to finish 16th in the event.
There were plenty of other notable performances on the day. The Owls' seniors all put on some incredible showings in their final collegiate swims. In the 100 freestyle, Ryan Griffin (57.30) and Sophia Goldstein (1:00.51) each flew past their lifetime bests by over a second. Varuna Jasodanand (2:41.09) set a new season best in the 200 breaststroke. The trio all competed in the 400 free relay as well to close out the evening and cap off their careers. In those relays, Griffin, Jasodanand, Peterson, and Schneider took seventh place for the Owls in the A final, while Maggie Hernan, Madelyn Schwimmer, Goldstein, and Wisz claimed sixth in the B final.
There were more bests found throughout the morning as well. Faith Meacham set a new personal best in the 200 back, as her 2:22.95 shattered her previous lifetime best by almost three seconds. Anna Danesh (2:27.61) and Ruth Mullin (2:47.08) each set new season bests in the event as well. In the 100 free, Hernan's 58.96 was a lifetime best by almost two seconds and Elizabeth Kunkel (1:07.07) posted a personal best as well, while Schwimmer, Hannah Nye, and Clara Costello each netted season-best performances.
Rachel Adlai-Gail set a new personal best in the 200 fly by almost two seconds thanks to a finish in 2:31.47. She and Meacham also threw down tremendous performances in the 1650 free as well. Hannah Soisson added a season best in the 200 breaststroke.
With the performances, the Owls took seventh place as a team, just missing out on 6th by 15 points. Bryn Mawr will certainly miss their four seniors, but they will look forward to many more tremendous performances when they get back in action next fall!