Oyen-Ustad Claims Victory at Seven Sisters as Owls Cap Off Successful Weekend

Oyen-Ustad Claims Victory at Seven Sisters as Owls Cap Off Successful Weekend

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - The Bryn Mawr swim team closed out the 2017 Seven Sisters Championship earlier Sunday in New York, and it was certainly a memorable day for the Owls. Sophomore Lillian Oyen-Ustad helped cap off a terrific weekend for Bryn Mawr by winning the 100 freestyle swim, the first individual title for the Owls at Seven Sisters since 2013.

Oyen-Ustad captured her victory by swimming the event in 55.40 seconds, a new season-best for the Bryn Mawr sophomore. That gave her the win by .05 and put 20 points in the bank towards the Owls' team score as well. There were plenty of other Bryn Mawr athletes in action in the same event as well. Ryan Griffin earned a 12th-place finish, posting a time of 1:01.26, a new season-best for the Bryn Mawr freshman. Samantha Forestier was right behind in 13th place for the Owls with a time of 1:02.64. Kimberly Akins posted a time of 1:05.58, while Sophie Goldstein (1:07.18) and Charlotte Xu (1:10.63) each posted new season-lows in the event themselves. Shanzeh Shunaid rounded out the Owls in action in the event, taking 20th with a time of 1:10.67.

Bryn Mawr also got a fantastic result from Varuna Jasodanand in the 200 breaststroke. The Owls freshman took third place in the event with a time of 2:37.01. While a bit off her previous season best, it was still a great effort for the Mauritius native and gained Bryn Mawr 16 more points towards their team score.

A pair of Owls saw action in the 200 butterfly, the final individual event of the championship. Freshman Becca Adlai-Gail swam a season-best time of 2:27.06 in the event, good enough to earn seventh place. Senior co-captain Ariane Marchis-Mouren finished right behind Adlai-Gail, taking eighth with a time of 2:39.32.

Bryn Mawr closed out the 2017 Seven Sisters Championship by swimming in the 400 freestyle relay. The Owls' "A" squad of Griffin, Marchis-Mouren, Jasodanand, and Oyen-Ustad claimed fifth place in the event, posting a time of 3:57.17. Bryn Mawr also got an eighth place finish out of their "B" quartet consisting of Akins, Goldstein, Shunaid, and Adlai-Gail.

The Owls took fifth place overall in the event, which has always been a disadvantageous competition for Bryn Mawr due to the lack of ability to get points in the diving events. Still, the 378 point total was the highest for Bryn Mawr at the event since 2012. The Owls will look to keep building off this incredibly positive weekend when they return to action next Saturday at McDaniel. That meet is set to start at 1:00 PM in Westminster, Maryland.