Gettysburg, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr swim team once again got a terrific individual performance from junior Rebecca Craig on the second day of the Centennial Conference championships. The butterfly/freestyle specialist doubled down on her solid day one start by notching an even better finish in the second day. Meanwhile, the Owls relays continued to impress as the 2015 championship passed its midway point this evening.
After qualifying for and taking 15th place in yesterday's 500 yard freestyle swim, Craig started off her Saturday with the 100 yard butterfly. Coming into the event seeded 15th, the junior made a huge leap forward with her preliminary swim, vaulting all the way into the final heat this evening by finishing eighth in the prelim. She put up a time of 59.60 seconds, allowing her to race in the final of the event this evening. Although she swam just a bit slower at 59.96 in the final, it was still good enough to move her up another position, giving her a seventh place finish in the event. Although she stays in second place all time in school history in the event, that time of 59.60 is over a second-and-a-half faster than her previous best. That puts a big exclamation point on the meet for the junior.
It was another quick night for the relays on day two as well for Bryn Mawr. In the 200 yard medley relay, the team of Abby Johnson, Angela Mastrianni, Craig, and Kristina Xiang set a new season best for the Owls, shaving almost a full second off with a new time of 2:01.34 in the event. In the "B" final, the squad of Carolyn Gee, Deborah Haartz, Ami Okazaki, and Anni Larson also took off nearly a second from their seeding time with a finish of 2:06.13. In the 800 freestyle relay, the team of Phoebe Jordan, Katrina Obieta, Mastrianni and Sahara Clement put together arguably an even more impressive performance. That foursome swam the fastest 800 free relay of the season for the Owls by almost eight seconds, coming in eighth with a time of 8:59.41.
Several Owls also came up with great individual performances of their own during the morning prelims. In the 100 breaststroke, Mastrianni put up a new season best by swimming in a 1:14.32. That was over a second-and-a-half faster than her previous best this year as well, and it finished her in 20th place in the event, just outside of a spot in the finals.
Kristina Xiang got even closer to a night swim of her own by taking 18th in the 400 yard individual medley. The senior swam a new season best time of 5:05.89 in the event, four seconds better than her seeding time. Joining Craig in the 100 fly was Ami Okazaki, who swam a new personal best time of 1:06.79 in the event to take 26th place. Phoebe Jordan took off nearly five seconds from her previous season best in the 200 free, a pretty incredible feat for a shorter event. Obieta joined her in that effort, with the Owls posting times of 2:13.65 and 2:14.28 respectively. In the 100 backstroke, Abby Johnson set a new season best of her own by swimming in a time of 1:11.11. Carolyn Gee also posted a season low of 1:11.88, and Jordan Schwartz joined her with a season best 1:39.16 of her own.
The Owls will now get one final night of rest before heading into the third and final day of the championship meet.
Team scoring through Session 4
1. Ursinus 462.50
2. Gettysburg 429.50
3. Franklin & Marshall 429
4. Swarthmore 307
5. Dickinson 298
6. McDaniel 238
7. Washington 202
8. Bryn Mawr 108