Owls Earn First Two Victories of Season, Toppling Elizabethtown and Cabrini

Maya Schneider swims the backstroke for Bryn Mawr in November 2018

BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr swim team was back in the water earlier Wednesday night, as the Owls hosted a double dual meet against both Cabrini and Elizabethtown. The packed pool made for a longer night, but the extra time spent was well worth it, as the Owls dominated most of the way through the night en route to their first wins of the season. Overall, Bryn Mawr earned wins in seven of the 11 events they competed in, allowing the Owls to cruise away by the end of the night to a 117.5 - 86.5 win over Elizabethtown and a 112 - 92 victory over Cabrini.

The night started off perfectly for Bryn Mawr with a win in the 200 medley relay. Lillian Oyen-Ustad kicked the event off with a very fast 29.14, giving the Owls a 2.7 second advantage on the next closest squad by the time the second swimmers got in the water for each team. That allowed Bryn Mawr to hang on the rest of the way, with Ryan Griffin fending off a late charge from Cabrini to give the Owls a first-place finish in a time of 1:59.67.

That early win seemed to set the tone for the night for Bryn Mawr, as the Owls won over half of the remaining events they swam. Three different Owls were responsible for those six wins, starting with Becca Adlai-Gail in the 1000 free. The junior co-captain claimed an easy win in the grueling distance event, posting a time of 11:27.03 to take the top spot by over 20 seconds over the next-closest finisher. Adlai-Gail would go on to win the 500 freestyle as well, despite falling behind early in that event. The distance specialist had actually paced herself just right, turning up the heat in the final half of the race to pass everyone in front of her and claim the win by three seconds in the end. Adlai-Gail also scored in the 200 freestyle, making it three podiums in three events for the Bryn Mawr junior.

First-year Maya Schneider also had a spectacular evening for Bryn Mawr. After being part of that winning 200 medley relay squad, Schneider went on to claim an individual win in the 200 individual medley. She posted the fastest times of the event in both the backstroke and freestyle, allowing her to pull away to victory by 1.5 seconds in a time of 2:19.69. Later, Schneider would double up on her win total, earning first place in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:04.55.

Lillian Oyen-Ustad was the third Owl to complete the double-victory achievement on the night, starting off with a win in the 50 free. The New York native showcased her tremendous sprint capabilities by dominating the field, posting a time of 25.49 to win the event by almost a ful second. Then a few events later, Oyen-Ustad claimed first place in the 100 freestyle, posting a time of 56.16 to take the top spot by over two full seconds.

Plenty of other Owls had solid performances on the night - you can find the full results at this link! Bryn Mawr will be back in action over the weekend for their final competitions of the 2018 calendar year. The Owls will send a handful of student-athletes over to Gettysburg to compete in the annual Gettysburg Invitational. That event is one where the Owls have historically set some fast times and program records, so make sure to stay locked in to GoBrynMawr.com to get a look at the results from this weekend!