BMC swimmers post 62 personal bests and a three meet win-streak
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By Tracey Posluszny

The Bryn Mawr swim team concluded their dual-meet season with a third consecutive win against Ursinus, 118-86 on Saturday, improving their record from 2-7 to 3-7.

The young and friendly Ursinus team welcomed the Mawrters on the deck, but was not as willing to welcome a BMC win. Ursinus jumped ahead early, winning the first two events (400 medley relay and 1000 freestyle). But the Mawrters quickly responded with a 1-2 win by Colleen Owens ’03 and Tracey Posluszny ’02 in the 200 freestyle, putting them within a point of Ursinus. Bryn Mawr’s second, third, and fourth places in the 50 freestyle (S. Loftus, E. Dwight, D. Davis) counteracted Ursinus’ first place win, tying the score at 37.

The Mawriers finally broke free with senior captain Masumi Iida’s close win in the 200 IM and went into the first ten-minute break with a 51-42 lead, a lead they would refuse to relinquish.

Resting for just ten minutes, Iida and Beth Varadian ’00, who also swam in the 200 IM, and Shannon Philipp ’02 plunged into the water for the 200 fly, emerging with second, third, and fourth places. Senior Katie Olsen and sophomore Rebecca Aspden’s 1-2 win in the 100 backstroke helped keep the momentum of the meet in favor of Bryn Mawr, while freshman Julia Switzer’s win in the 500 freestyle allowed Bryn Mawr to go into the second break with a 20 point lead.

Two of Bryn Mawr’s final 200 yd. freestyle relays (B. Varadian, D. Davis, T. Posluszny, E. Dwight, and M. Mieuli, R. Aspden, J. Switzer, K. Olsen) finished-up the meet with another 1-2 BMC victory.

Besides adding another win to their record, the Mawrters posted eight personal bests. Among them were Loftus (50 freestyle), Iida and Varadian (200 IM), Becky Thompson (100 breast), Olsen and Aspden (100 back).

But the most exciting personal best was achieved by freshman Colleen Olsen, who entered the meet with a time of 2:16.09 in the 200 freestyle, posted just last Wednesday. Owens had just one more chance to make the qualifying cut of 2:15.25. With this in mind, the young swimmer took command of the race and crushed the qualifying time with her swim of 2:13.94. She also went on to reach another personal best in the 100 breaststroke.

These personal bests come in addition to the eight on Wednesday against Beaver, 18 the week before against Western Maryland, seven at Swarthmore, and a phenomenal 21 at the Seven Sisters Swimming and Diving Championships held at Bryn Mawr just weeks before.

“It’s incredible what this team has done this half of the year,” exclaimed coach Barbara Bolich. Posting 62 personal bests in an entire season is noteworthy, but in just half of a season, that in itself is a rare accomplishment. “This team,” Bolich went on to say, “has achieved things no Bryn Mawr swimming team has since I’ve been here.”

The team’s achievements were the culmination of talent, hard work, dedication, and teamwork, “No one allowed themselves to think about ‘what-if’ … everyone went into each meet, knowing where they stood, and got the job done,” declared Bolich.

She also attributes much of the team’s success to their winter training trip in San Diego, CA. According to Bolich, the trip was a success because “everyone did the training necessary before stepping onto the plane.”

But beyond the training, the team’s make-up also affected much of their performance. Coach Bolich calls the members of this team “some of the most hard-working, pleasant, and supportive people that [she] knows.” Senior Beth Varadian says she “couldn’t have asked for a better coach or a better team.” This season has by far “surpassed all [her] expectations.”

Sadly, the team will say goodbye to six sensational seniors, including Michele Mieuli, who came into her swimming career at Bryn Mawr inexperienced, but through perseverance, dedication, and mental strength, became a prominent member of the team who many will miss. The remaining five, Masumi Iida, Sennah Loftus, Felicia Munion, Katie Olsen, and Beth Varadian will be joined by sophomores Rebecca Aspden, Erin Dwight, and Tracey Posluszny, and freshmen Colleen Owens and Julia Switzer, as they continue to train for the Centennial Conference Championships held at Franklin & Marshall College in two weeks. These 10 swimmers hope to add to the personal bests with some great swims.

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