Bryn Mawr swimmers dominate Western
By biconews On 1 Feb, 2000 At 05:00 AM | Categorized As Archives | With 0 Comments

By Jenny Gapin

In a Centennial Conference showdown, Bryn Mawr’s depth and team effort allowed the Mawrters to pull past Western Maryland’s Green Terror, 147-111, and gain their first win of the season this past Saturday.

Bryn Mawr emerged victorious in eight of the 14 events, including the final 200 yard freestyle relay worth 11 points. But in a meet between two evenly matched teams such as these two, it is the second, third and fourth places that make all the difference. Taking first is not always enough. This was where Bryn Mawr’s depth and team effort came into effect.

“The fact that everyone [on the team] went past what they thought they couldn’t do and did what they had to do” made the win a result of a team effort, said senior Beth Varadian.

Nonetheless, outstanding performances by freshman sensation Julia Switzer, and senior captains Masumi Iida and Sennah Loftus contributed significantly to the Mawrter’s win.

Bryn Mawr opened the meet with a strong win in the 1000 yard freestyle as Switzer destroyed the competition. Still tired from that race, she turned right around to compete in the 200 yard freestyle just minutes later. Switzer also competed in the 500 yard freestyle in which she took second, and on the winning 200 yard freestyle team.

Iida grabbed first place in the 200 yard butterfly and the 100 yard butterfly. At the end of the meet she also finished outstandingly in the challenging 200 yard individual medley relay.

Loftus swam straight past Western Maryland to win the 50 yard freestyle with her amazing speed, and later posted a third place finish in the 100 yard freestyle.

“We’ve been training really hard and have sacrificed so much. This win will really help us maintain our momentum through the rest of the season,” said senior Michele Mieuli.

Look for the Bryn Mawr swimmers to ride the momentous wave at their last home meet of the season against Beaver College on Feb. 2 at 6:00 p.m.

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