Bryn Mawr Swimmers Win Three Events as Owls Come Close to Knocking Off McDaniel

Varuna Jasodanand swims against Ursinus in 2017-18

WESTMINSTER, Md. - The Bryn Mawr swim team took wins in three events against McDaniel earlier Saturday, and featured plenty of other incredibly strong performances as well. Varuna Jasodanand and Becca Adlai-Gail led the way with individual wins, while Bryn Mawr's 200 Medley Relay team also claimed a win. However, the meet all came down to the final event, the 200 free relay, and unfortunately for the Owls, McDaniel was able to claim the win and the seven points to pull off a come-from-behind 50-45 win.

The Owls started the day with a win in the 200 medley relay, as the team of Lillian Oyen-Ustad, Varuna Jasodanand, Maya Schneider, and Lauren Birmingham put up a time of 2:04.87 to take the top spot. Granted, McDaniel did not have a squad in the event, but it was still seven points for the Owls and got Bryn Mawr off to a solid start for the rest of the day.

Becca Adlai-Gail kept the positive results coming in the very next event, as she dominated the 1000 freestyle to claim another five points for the Owls. The junior completed the event in a time of 11:41.06, a bit off of her season best, but still easily enough to outpace her McDaniel competitor.

The Owls took second place in the next five events, starting with the 200 freestyle. Lillian Oyen-Ustad claimed the penultimate spot in that one, finishing in a time of 2:05.61. In the 50 freestyle, it was Lauren Birmingham taking the second position, finishing in a time of 27.35 to outtouch her next-closest McDaniel finisher by .08 of a second.

Bryn Mawr took second and third in the 200 IM, with Maya Schneider leading the way. The first-year finished in a time of 2:18.38, less than two second behind the top McDaniel finisher. Classmate Anna Danesh took third with a season-best time of 2:29.25, helping the Owls picked up four total points in the event. That order of finish repeated in the 100 butterfly, with Lucy Bruemmer taking second in a time of 1:07.70. Her classmate Ruth Mullin posted a season-best time of 1:13.93. In the 100 freestyle, Schneider was back in action and took another second place finish. She posted a season-best time of her own, almost cracking the one-minute mark with a time of 1:00.13.

The Owls got a big boost in the next event from Jasodanand, as the junior easily took the top spot in the 100 backstroke. Jasodanand completed the event in a season best time of 1:04.41, winning the event by over half-a-second. Bryn Mawr also got a key third place finish in the event from Clara Costello, as the first-year finished in a season best time of 1:14.71 to get the Owls another point towards the team score.

Bryn Mawr took second and third in each of the final two individual events of the day, starting with the 500 freestyle. Madelyn Schwimmer took second in that one, just out-touching her teammate Adlai-Gail by a little over a second. In the next event, Hannah Soisson took second in the 100 breaststroke, finishing just off her season best with a time of 1:12.85. Jasodanand took third in that one, posting another season best time of 1:14.45.

With those results, the Owls held a two-point advantage headed into the final event of the day, the 200 freestyle medley. However, all seven points in the event would go to the first-place finishers, meaning either team could still come away with the win on the day. Unfortunately for Bryn Mawr, McDaniel got off to a hot start and never looked back. The Green Terror's first three swimmers swam faster splits than their opponents, and despite a strong shift from Oyen-Ustad to outpace her McDaniel opponent, it wasn't enough to dig the Owls out of the hole. McDaniel ultimately won the event by almost six seconds, taking the seven points and claiming the 50-45 win on the day.

Despite the result, there were still plenty of positive performances from the Owls, and they'll look to carry that momentum into next weekend. Saturday will be their final home event of the season, and the Owls will host a Senior Day Whiteout meet that day, with Ursinus set to come to town. That meet will kick off at 1:00 PM in the Schwartz Natatorium.