BRIDGEWATER, Va. – Behind 11 event victories, the Bridgewater Eagles swim team defeated visiting Sweet Briar in convincing fashion by a 145-110 margin on Friday evening in Nininger Pool. The Eagles set or matched school records in 10 events on the evening.
Bridgewater got things started with an easy win in the 400 meter medley relay. The quartet of Laura Shultz, Jeni Zeiler, Shannon Myers and Carrie Crowther set a new school record after touching the pad in a time of 4:51.31, besting the Sweet Briar unit by eight seconds.
The Eagles continued their early successes with a victory from sophomore Michelle Caron in the 800 meter freestyle. Caron cruised to a victory in the event in a time of 10:11.53.
Following Caron's victory, freshman AnnaLee Gallagher made it three in a row for Bridgewater with an easy victory in the 200 meter freestyle race. Gallagher touched the pad in a time of 2:21.64 to set a new school standard in the event.
Sweet Briar got its first victory of the evening in the 100 meter backstroke when Chloe Day edged out Shultz for the victory. Shultz finished in a time of 1:13.86 to tie the school record previously held solely by Crowther.
Bridgewater got back on track during the next race when junior Jeni Zeiler held off a late charge from Sweet Briar's Marian Huber to claim victory in the 100 meter breaststroke. Zeiler touched in a winning time of 1:24.50.
After Zeiler's victory, Myers kept things rolling with a dominating victory in the 200 meter butterfly. Myers destroyed the old record with a winning time of 2:42.84, topping the field by nearly 11 seconds.
Gallagher made it two wins on the day in the next event as the finished with a winning time of 29.05 seconds in the 50 meter freestyle. Gallagher's win in the event broke Crowther's school record by three-hundredths of a second.
The Bristow, Va. native hit the trifecta during the next event when Gallagher outpaced the field in the 100 meter freestyle with a winning time of 1:03.37 to win by nearly six seconds. The win also aided her in setting her third school record of the day.
Shultz picked up her first win of the evening during the next event, the 200 meter breaststroke, with a time of 2:38.02. The victory added another school record to the Eagles evening.
Sweet Briar won its second to last event of the evening when Huber easily won the 200 meter breaststroke over Zeiler. Zeiler touched the pad in a second-place finishing time of 3:08.55.
Caron claimed her second gold medal finish of the day when she won the 400 meter freestyle in a time of 5:00.83.
Following Caron's victory, Myers made it two victories on the day with a win in the 100 meter butterfly. The Roanoke, Va. native touched in a time of 1:11.82 to earn the win, setting a new school standard along the way.
Shultz also made it two wins on the day when she topped the field in the final individual event of the meet, the 200 meter individual medley. The Richmond, Va. product finished in a record-setting time of 2:40.47 to pace the field. Shultz's win wrapped up the meet victory for the Eagles.
Bridgewater swam the 400 meter freestyle relay as an exhibition, but broke the school record in the process when Myers, Crowther, Gallagher and Jennifer Lutz finished with a time of 4:29.14. Sweet Briar officially won the event in a time of 4:37.74.
The Eagles are out of the pool for a month before they return to action on January 13 in a tri-meet against Ferrum and Hollins. Action from Nininger Pool is set for a 7:00 p.m. start.