BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr swim team closed out their 2016-17 regular season earlier Saturday afternoon with one last home meet. The Owls took on Ursinus, one of the powerhouse teams in the Centennial Conference. Despite facing some very stiff competition on the day, Bryn Mawr certainly showed some very strong results as the day went on. Seniors Allegra Armstrong and Ariane Marchis-Mouren led the way for the Owls in their final home meet of their careers.
The Owls opened the day in the 400 medley relay, setting a new season best in the event. The Bryn Mawr "A" squad of Lillian Oyen-Ustad, Varuna Jasodanand, Ariane Marchis-Mouren, and Ryan Griffin topped their previous low in the event by almost a full ten seconds, setting the mark at 4:24.26.
Marchis-Mouren kept her solid senior day going with a great effort in the 100 butterfly, taking third place in that event. She would also take part in Bryn Mawr's 200 free relay, helping the Owls post a time of 1:53.14 in that race.
Fellow senior Allegra Armstrong had a busy day herself, swimming in three events on the day. After taking part in the 400 medley as well, Armstrong competed in a grueling 400 IM. The senior swam a 5:14.30 in that event, a fantastic time for her first appearance in the event this season. She was joined in that event by Becca Adlai-Gail, who set a new season-best time in the event as well. The freshman shaved two seconds off of her previous best at the Seven Sisters Championship, posting a time of 5:13.87 today. Armstrong would close out her meet in the 500 freestyle, swimming that event in a time of 6:04.76.
Varuna Jasodanand also had a particularly strong meet on the day for Bryn Mawr. After helping the "A" squad set that season best in the 400 medley, Jasodanand was back in the water in the 100 breaststroke a little later, and she crushed it. The freshman earned the win in that event, outtouching Ursinus' Gabriella Timuscuk by half a second to win with a time of 1:10.35.
Lillian Oyen-Ustad also picked up a big W for the Owls, made even more notable by coming in a tough week. After coming down ill and missing a few practices earlier in the week, Oyen-Ustad was able to get back in the water and rally for the win in the 50 freestyle. The sophomore earned the win with a time of 26.10 in the event.
The Owls will now begin their taper and prep for the Centennial Conference Championship. This year's league championships are set to take place on February 17-19, and they are hosted this season by Franklin & Marshall.