Swimming

 

Day One in the Books at ODAC Swimming Championships

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Five events are in the books after the opening day of competition at the 2012 ODAC Swimming Championships at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. Bridgewater placed two swimmers in the top eight in the 50 yard freestyle to help pace the team to a third-place showing after the opening day with 96 total points.

Friday's final round action began with the 200 yard freestyle relay. The quartet of Carrie Crowther, Simone Conyers, Jennifer Lutz and Shannon Myers touched in a time of 1:45.70 to finish in the fourth place. Bridgewater was edged out by .23 seconds by Sweet Briar in the battle for third place.

Event two switched to individual action and the 500 yard freestyle. Bridgewater earned key points in the longest race of the day as Michelle Caron and Danielle Dillon both earned spots in the top 16. Caron finished in 12th place with a time of 5:33.94, while Dillon was four spots behind in 16th with a time of 5:44.46 with both swimmers improving substantially over their previous top times in the event. 

More points were earned in the 200 yard individual medley. Sophomore Jennifer Lutz (2:36.54) was edged out in the event by freshman Ashleigh Pugh (2:36.46) in the battle for 14th place by a mere .08 seconds.

Bridgewater turned in its biggest individual event scoring haul of the day in the 50 yard freestyle, placing two swimmers in the top eight. Crowther was outstanding in the event, edging out Gallagher in the battle for 7th place. Crowther touched in a time of 25.71 seconds, besting Gallagher by .01 seconds.

In the final event of the day, the 400 yard medley relay, the Eagles notched a third-place performance to slide into third place after the first finals session. The foursome of Crowther, Myers, Gallagher and Jeni Zeiler finished in a time of 4:16.09, besting their seed time by more than a dozen seconds.

Washington and Lee owns the top spot after the first day with 293 points, while Randolph-Macon sits in second with 209 points. The Eagles sit in third with 96 points, while Greensboro and Sweet Briar round out the top five with 90 and 81 points, respectively.

Day two of competition opens up on Saturday morning in Greensboro. The preliminary session is set for a 10:00 a.m. start, with the finals being set for a 6:30 p.m.