Gettysburg, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr swim team put a bow on a very impressive 2014-15 season earlier Sunday, as the Owls once again saw several very impressive performances in the final day of the Centennial Conference Championship meet. Junior Rebecca Craig made it to her third final of the competition in three days, taking 10th place in the 200 yard butterfly to help spur the Owls into the homestretch of the meet.
Craig used a great preliminary swim this morning to get into that third final, as the junior put up a powerful time of 2:14.33 in the 200 fly to get the 11th spot in the evening final. That time was over five seconds better than her previous season best, set earlier this February. Craig then went on to move up another spot in the final tonight, as she stole tenth place by improving her time by over a half a second. That makes her season best time in the event a solid 2:13.77, which is also a new personal best for the junior swimmer. It also means Craig finished the 2014-15 conference championship with a trifecta of incredible finals performances: a seventh-place finish in the 100 butterfly, tenth in tonight's 200 fly, and fifteenth in the 500 freestyle on Monday.
Katrina Obieta also had a very notable performance for the Owls in day three of the championships. The senior distance specialist competed in the 1650 freestyle swim earlier Sunday, and she put together a great race to close with a time of 20:38.05. That was a new personal best for Obieta, and according to Owls head coach Nikki Whitlock was "the best swim of the morning," for the Owls.
Bryn Mawr also had a great showing in the final relay of the meet, the 400 freestyle. The Owls squad in the "A" final, consisting of Kristina Xiang, Craig, Carolyn Gee, and Anni Larson touched home in a time of 3:52.82, almost exactly five seconds better than the previous fastest time of the season for Bryn Mawr in the event. In the "B" final, the squad of Phoebe Jordan, Audrey Lin, Sahara Clement, and Obieta took seventh place with a time of 3:59.37.
Other notable performances in the pool on Sunday included a great 200 backstroke from Abby Johnson. The junior shaved over two seconds off of her previous season best in the event, touching the wall in a final time of 2:33.29. In the 200 breaststroke, Angela Mastrianni just missed out on a spot in the finals, as she took 21st place in the preliminary swim with a time of 2:41.04. That was over two seconds better than her previous best this season.
In the 100 yard freestyle, eight out of the ten Owls improved on their previous season bests in the event. That included Kristina Xiang, Anni Larson, Audrey Lin, Carolyn Gee, Sahara Clement, Phoebe Jordan, Nicole Brennan, and Jordan Schwartz.
The Owls close the season with a 1-8 overall record, 0-7 in the Centennial Conference, and finish the championship meet with an eighth place finish. Bryn Mawr also says goodbye to six seniors, who all swam in their final collegiate performances this weekend.
Final team standings
1. Ursinus 667.50
2. Franklin & Marshall 644
3. Gettysburg 586.50
4. Dickinson 472
5. Swarthmore 438
6. McDaniel 323
7. Washington 289
8. Bryn Mawr 141