Bryn Mawr Closes Out Season With Final Day of Centennial Conference Championships

Becca Adlai-Gail swims for the Owls in the 2016-17 season

LANCASTER, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr swim team capped off their 2016-17 season earlier Sunday with one final day at the Centennial Conference Championship meet. There were plenty of Owls in action on the last day of the event, with many posting new season bests to cap off the year.

The morning prelims opened up with the 200 back, where the Owls featured Lillian Oyen-Ustad. Coming off of an impressive sixth place finish in the 100 backstroke on Saturday, the sophomore was back in the water Sunday for the longer version of her specialty event. Oyen-Ustad once again put on a good showing, posting the 13th-fastest time of the day with a 2:13.02. That wasn't quite enough to beat her season best in the event, but it did qualify her for the B final in the evening. However, the Owls would scratch Oyen-Ustad from that final with an eye on saving her for the relay at the end of the night.

The next event was the 100 freestyle, where eight different Owls were in the water. Ryan Griffin led the way for Bryn Mawr, swimming a 59.43. That was almost two seconds faster than her previous season best this year. Samantha Forestier came close behind, posting a time of 1:00.97, also topping her own season best by almost two full seconds. Kim Akins also set a new season best with a time of 1:02.83. Zosia Haney absolutely shattered her previous season best, swimming a 1:05.67 to beat out her previous best by almost four full seconds. Sophie Goldstein (1:05.88), Shanzeh Shunaid (1:06.52), and Emma Hoffman (1:10.66) each also set season best times, while Charlotte Xu was just off her own season best with a time of 1:10.64.

After setting the school record in the 100 breaststroke twice yesterday, Varuna Jasodanand was back in action in the 200 breaststroke today. The Mauritius native nearly cracked into the evening finals, swimming a 2:33.38. That was enough to set a new season best for Jasodanand, and only missed out on another school record by .46 of a second. It also gave her 18th place in the event, just two spots outside of the B finals.

Becca Adlai-Gail and Ariane Marchis-Mouren were both in action in the 200 butterfly. Adlai-Gail led the duo with a 2:23.14, a new season best time by almost four full seconds. Marchis-Mouren capped off her individual career with a 2:32.58 in the event, just a few spots back of Adlai-Gail.

The final individual event of the meet was the grueling 1650 freestyle, or "The Mile". Senior Allegra Armstrong carried the torch for Bryn Mawr in the event, swimming a 19:10.83. That was a fantastic swim for Armstrong, surpassing her previous season best time by over forty seconds.

Bryn Mawr closed out their season with the always entertaining 400 freestyle relay. The Owls A squad of Armstrong, Jasodanand, Adlai-Gail, and Griffin posted a time of 3:53.57, just a shade off of their previous season best. In the B final, the Bryn Mawr quartet of Marchis-Mouren, Goldstein, Akins, and Forestier swam a 4:05.54.

In the overall action, Ursinus ran away with their fourth straight team championship. Dickinson's Olivia Lyman was named Most Outstanding Performer of the meet, while Clare Cushing of Swarthmore was named Most Outstanding Rookie swimmer.

With the 2016-17 campaign now in the rearview mirror, the Owls now look forward to continue building towards a big success next year. However, they now also say one last goodbye to their two beloved seniors, Ariane Marchis-Mouren and Allegra Armstrong.