Swimmers Sweep Guilford and Greensboro; Four School Records Fall
BRIDGEWATER, Va. – The Bridgewater Eagles swim team took down four more school records on Saturday afternoon in Nininger Pool en route to opening the 2012-13 meet season with a tri-match sweep of visiting Guilford and Greensboro.
Bridgewater topped Greensboro by a 66-29 tally and upended Guilford by a 76-17 margin. The Eagles reigned supreme in nine of the 11 events contested on the afternoon.
The Eagles opened the day with an easy victory in the 200 meter medley relay. The quartet of Michelle Caron, Jeni Zeiler, Shannon Myers and Jennifer Lutz touched the pad in a time of 2:15.88 to earn the victory. The freshman group of Macey Smith, Allie Stewart, Gabby Harbour and Jessica Thomas finished second in the event with a time of 2:20.86.
Bridgewater kept things rolling with a victory in the 800 meter freestyle. Senior Danielle Dillon paced the way with a time of 10:36.14. Dillon topped sophomore teammate Kelsey Hess who finished in second place with a finishing time of 11:21.01.
Sophomore Annalee Gallagher led the way in the 200 meter freestyle to earn the third win of the day for the Eagles. Gallagher paced the field with a winning time of 2:23.20. Stewart finished third in the event with a time of 2:35.36.
In the 50 meter freestyle event, junior Carrie Crowther set a new school record with a winning time of 28.93 seconds. Gallagher finished just behind Crowther with a time of 29.01 seconds.
Freshman Emily Townsend kept Bridgewater rolling in the 200 meter individual medley with a time of 2:43.10, good enough for the win. Zeiler finished in third place in the event with a time of 2:44.97.
Myers snapped school record number two of the afternoon with her performance in the 100 meter butterfly. The sophomore paced the field with a winning time of 1:11.41, while Harbour finished behind Myers in second place in a time of 1:18.05.
Crowther claimed individual victory number two of the day with her 1:05.07 performance in the 100 meter freestyle. Townsend finished just behind Crowther in a time of 1:07.24, good enough for the runner-up spot.
Junior Michelle Caron was Bridgewater's top finisher in the 100 meter backstroke, finishing second in the field. Caron touched the pad with a time of 1:17.33.
Dillon reigned supreme in the 400 meter freestyle race, topping the field with a time of 5:03.86.
Zeiler followed Dillon's victory with one of her own in the 100 meter breaststroke. The senior paced the field with a time of 1:23.44, good enough to snap her own school record in the race. Lutz finished third in the event with a finishing time of 1:28.45.
Bridgewater paced the field in the final race of the day in record-setting fashion. The quartet of Myers, Crowther, Townsend and Gallagher topped the field with a time of 1:58.84 to earn the win.
The Eagles are back in action on Saturday at Ferrum. Start time against the Panthers is set for 2 p.m.