BALTIMORE – Behind solid performances from a trio of swimmers, the Bridgewater Eagles swim team took down conference foe Notre Dame of Maryland University by a 65-54 margin in the squad's final tune up for February's Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) championship meet.
Bridgewater won the first three events of the day to open up a sizeable advantage on the Gators, while Jeni Zeiler, Michelle Caron, Shannon Myers and AnnaLee Gallagher each officially won two events to help pace the Eagles to the victory.
Caron recovered quickly for the Eagles to earn the win in the next event, the 1,000 yard freestyle, by nearly a minute. The sophomore notched a winning time of 11:46.44.
Freshman Shannon Myers made it three in a row for Bridgewater with a solid victory in the 200 yard freestyle. Myers touched in a time of 2:08.94 to win the event.
Sophomore Carrie Crowther was edged out by six-hundredths of a second in the 100 yard backstroke as she finished with a time of 1:07.09 to take home the runner-up spot.
Bridgewater got back on track with a victory in the 100 yard breaststroke. Zeiler edged out Lutz as the Eagles went 1-2 in the event. The Lutherville, Md. native finished with a time of 1:16.43, while Lutz came in close behind at 1:17.62.
Myers pulled the double out in the 200 yard butterfly, winning by nearly 17 seconds in the event. The freshman touched in a time of 2:29.59 to earn the win.
Gallagher won back-to-back events to further extend the Bridgewater advantage by turning in victories in the 40 yard freestyle and 100 yard freestyle. The freshman touched in a time of 20.53 in the 40 yard event and was follow a second later by Lutz before besting the 100 yard field with a winning time of 58 seconds.
Caron notched her second win of the day with a victory in the 200 yard backstroke. The sophomore edged out Gator Shannon Berry in a photo finish with both swimmers officially touching in a time of 2:24.85.
Zeiler wrapped up the daily double for herself with a convincing victory in the 200 yard breaststroke. The junior finished in a time of 2:47.10 to win by more than 20 seconds.
Following a Gators victory in the 500 yard freestyle, Myers claimed the victory in the 100 yard butterfly in a time of 1:05.84, but the Eagles switched to exhibition mode prior to the event so Myers' victory was not a point scorer for Bridgewater.
In the second to last event, Zeiler also claimed an exhibition victory, besting teammate Kelsey Hess in the 160 yard individual medley. Zeiler touched in a time of 1:57.53 to win the event, while Hess finished with a time of 2:06.50.
Myers, Danielle Dillon, Crowther and Gallagher turned in an easy win in the final event, the 160 yard freestyle relay. The quartet finished in a time of 1:25.94 to earn the win.
Bridgewater is next in action on February 9 when the ODAC Swimming Championships begin. The three-day meet opens up on the February 9 in Greensboro at a time that has yet to be determined.