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Swimmers Sweep Tri-Meet with Ferrum and Hollins

Swimmers Sweep Tri-Meet with Ferrum and Hollins

BRIDGEWATER, Va. – Behind victories in nine of the 11 events contested on the evening, the Bridgewater Eagles swim team pushed their meet record to 7-0 on the season with a tri-meet sweep of Ferrum and Hollins on Friday in Nininger Pool.

Bridgewater defeated Ferrum by a 78-17 tally and topped Hollins by a 72-23 margin.

The Eagles opened the evening with a dominating victory in the 400 meter medley relay. Bridgewater finished with a time of 5:12.66, earning the victory in the event by more than 35 seconds.

Hollins claimed the win in the 1,500 meter freestyle race, with sophomore Michelle Caron finishing in the runner-up spot behind winner Margaret Dwyer. Caron touched the pad in a time of 19:46.01.

Freshman Shannon Myers collected an easy win in the 200 meter freestyle race, touching the pad in a time of 2:24.39 to best the field by more than seven seconds.

In the following event, freshman AnnaLee Gallagher snapped her own school record in the 50 meter freestyle race with a winning time of 28.99 seconds. Gallagher bested her old standard by six-hundredths of a second.

Sophomore Carrie Crowther made it three in a row for the Eagles with a 12-second victory in the 200 meter individual medley. Crowther finished in a time of 2:46.87 earning the win.

Crowther responded with another victory, this time in the 100 meter butterfly. The Burgess, Va. native won the race with a time of 1:21.50.

The Eagles continued their winning ways as Gallagher earned her second win of the day with a five-second victory in the 100 meter freestyle. Gallagher finished with a winning time of 1:04.08 in the event.

Myers became the third repeat winner of the day with her victory in the ensuing event, the 100 meter backstroke. The freshman paced the field with a time of 1:15.63 to pick up the win.

Following a runner-up finish from Caron in the 400 meter freestyle race, junior Jeni Zeiler notched a win in the 100 meter breaststroke. Zeiler set a new school record in the event, touching the pad in a time of 1:24.22.

Bridgewater rounded out the evening with a record-setting performance from Crowther, Gallagher, Zeiler and Danielle Dillon in the 800 meter freestyle relay. The quartet crushed the field, winning by nearly two minutes with a record-setting time of 10:09.71.

The Eagles are back in the pool on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. when defending ODAC Champion Washington and Lee comes to town.