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Swimmers Upend Sweet Briar, 136-69

Swimmers Upend Sweet Briar, 136-69

AMHERST, Va. – Behind victories in nine of the 11 events contested on the evening, the Bridgewater Eagles swim team defeated the host Vixens of Sweet Briar College by a 136-69 tally on Wednesday evening in Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) dual meet action.

The win for the Eagles is the second in a row over Sweet Briar after last year's convincing victory in Nininger Pool.

Bridgewater got off to a hot start, setting a new school record in the opening event of the evening. The quartet of Macey Smith, Jeni Zeiler, Emily Townsend and Annalee Gallagher snapped the school record in the 200 meter medley relay with a victory in a time of 2:13.03.

Sweet Briar got its first victory of the evening in the second event of the night - the 800 meter freestyle. Freshman Lydia Fleck topped Bridgewater senior Danielle Dillon in the race by nearly seven seconds. Dillon touched the pad in a time of 10:31.38.

Junior Carrie Crowther got Bridgewater back on track with a victory in the 200 meter freestyle. Crowther set a new school standard in the event with a winning time of 2:19.10.

Bridgewater kept things rolling with a victory in the 200 meter individual medley. Freshman Allie Stewart touched the pad in a time of 2:40.64 to earn the victory, just missing the school record.

Gallagher paced the field in the 50 meter freestyle with a winning time of 28.59 seconds. The sophomore's time was good enough to set a new school record in the event. 

Freshman Emily Townsend snapped the fourth school record of the evening with her victory in the 100 meter butterfly. Townsend topped sophomore teammate Shannon Myers by a half-second to break Myers' record set earlier this year by .05 seconds with a time of 1:11.36.

Crowther earned her second victory of the evening with an easy win in the 100 meter freestyle. The sophomore finished in a time of 1:04.26 to pace the field by more than two seconds.

Myers won her first event of the evening with victory over Smith in the 100 meter backstroke. The sophomore touched the pad in a winning time of 1:13.43 to edge out Smith by less than a second.

Fleck won her second event of the evening with a win in the 400 meter freestyle topping Dillon, who finished the race with a time of 5:15.78.

Senior Jeni Zeiler cracked the fifth school record of the night with her win in the 100 meter breaststroke. Zeiler crushed her old record in the event by over a second with a winning performance of 1:21.47 to beat out Townsend.

Bridgewater wrapped up the victory with a record-setting performance in the 400 meter freestyle relay. The Eagles group of Myers, Stewart, Crowther and Gallagher snapped the old record by more than two seconds after touching the pad in a time of 4:26.93.  

The victory moves Bridgewater to 4-0 on the dual meet season. Bridgewater has won 12 of its last 13 dual meets, with its lone loss coming last season to the defending champions, Washington and Lee.

Bridgewater is back in action on December 1 at the Yellow Jacket Invitational, hosted by Randolph-Macon.