GETTYSUBRG, Pa. - It was a bittersweet day for the Owls swim team on Sunday, as Bryn Mawr capped off the Centennial Conference Championship with yet another day of strong performances to close out their 2018-19 season. Senior Lillian Oyen-Ustad led the way for the Owls, and she made sure her final day of collegiate competition stretched into the evening as well by qualifying for the finals in the 100 freestyle.
Oyen-Ustad got her day off to a solid start in the 100 free prelims, setting a season best time by .7 of a second in the event. Her 54.23 was the 11th-fastest time of the morning, good enough to get her into the B final in the evening session. There, the Owls senior swam a 54.28, closing her collegiate individual career with a 12th place finish overall in the event and the fourth-fastest time of the B final.
The morning prelims had opened with the 200 backstroke, where Maya Schneider paced the Owls duo in action with a 21st place finish. Anna Danesh put up a very strong effort in the event herself, racing to a 2:24.48 and setting a new personal best by almost a full second.
Joining Oyen-Ustad in the 100 free prelims was a host of other Owls, led by Madelyn Schwimmer. The sophomore posted a time of 58.94 in the event, a season best by almost two seconds. Hannah Nye was next up for the Owls, and she set a new personal best by .7 of a second with a time of 59.67. Sophia Goldstein set a new personal best by almost a second, Clara Costello set a collegiate best by over three seconds, and Elizabeth Kunkel's 1:07.11 was a personal best by two and a half seconds as well!
Varuna Jasodanand led the Owls in the 200 breaststroke prelims, swimming the 20th-fastest time with a season best 2:40.72. Lucy Bruemmer also swam a fantastic race in the 200 breaststroke, as she set one of the fastest times in program history in the event. Bruemmer smashed her own personal best by almost six full seconds with a final time of 2:40.84, the ninth-fastest 200 breaststroke in Owls history.
In the 200 butterfly, Becca Adlai-Gail came up just shy of cracking into the B final herself, as her 2:21.15 was good enough for 17th place in the event. That time was also a season best for Adlai-Gail by over four seconds.
Faith Meacham got the evening session started for Bryn Mawr in the grueling 1650 freestyle, and put on a spectacular effort in the process. Meacham swam a 20:08.00 in the event, a season best by 80 seconds over her time at Seven Sisters just a month ago.
Bryn Mawr wrapped up the night in the 400 free relay, with Madelyn Schwimmer, Lauren Birmingham, Maya Schneider, and Oyen-Ustad composing the A squad. The Owls claimed eighth place in the main final, surpassing their season best by almost 13 seconds with a time of 3:48.90. In the B final, Danesh, Goldstein, Nye, and Adlai-Gail combined to race a 3:59.85 and take seventh in that race.
With the day's results, the Owls wrapped up the meet in eighth place in the team standings. The team will now say goodbye to seniors Lillian Oyen-Ustad, Charlotte Xu, and Shanzeh Shunaid before they spend the rest of the year training up for the 2019-20 campaign.