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Swimmers Finish Fourth at the Yellow Jacket Invitational

Swimmers Finish Fourth at the Yellow Jacket Invitational

ASHLAND, Va. - Behind a pair of top five finishes on the final day, the Bridgewater Eagles swim team finished solidly in fourth place overall at the Yellow Jacket Invitational at Randolph-Macon College.

Bridgewater finished with 441 total points to sit one spot inside the top five.

Senior Danielle Dillon opened the day for the Eagles with an 11th-place showing in the 1,650 yard freestyle. Dillon touched the pad in a time of 20:26.06 to lead a quartet of Eagles in the race. Bridgewater took home 12th, 13th and 14th places as well in the event to put four swimmers inside the top 15. 

Freshman Macey Smith paced the way for Bridgewater in the 200 yard backstroke with a 13th place finish. Smith completed the race with a time of 2:24.83. Junior Michelle Caron also picked up points for the Eagles in the event with a 16th place finish in a time of 2:30.65.

Junior Carrie Crowther paced the way for the Eagles in the 100 yard freestyle with a sixth place finish. Crowther finished with a time of 56.26 seconds, while sophomore Annalee Gallagher finished two spots behind Crowther in eighth with a finishing time of 56.72 seconds.

In the 200 yard breaststroke, freshman Emily Townsend paced a trio of point earners with a seventh place performance. Townsend finished with a time of 2:41.34, while senior Jeni Zeiler touched in a time of 2:46.98 to finish in 11th place. Freshman Jessica Thomas rounded out Bridgewater's scorers in the event with a 15th place finish.

Bridgewater's top individual effort of the day came from sophomore Shannon Myers in the 200 yard butterfly. Myers recorded Bridgewater's lone top five individual finish of the daywith a time of 2:25.65, good enough for fifth place. Freshman Gabby Harbour also scored in the event with a seventh place finish in a time of 2:30.60.

The Eagles finished up the day with a fifth-place showing in the 400 meter freestyle relay. The group of Myers, Townsend, Crowther and Gallagher touched in a time of 3:48.80 to wrap up the weekend for the Eagles.

Washington and Lee easily won the event with 1,309 points. Randolph-Macon finished second with 647 points, while Marymount, Bridgewater and Notre Dame of Maryland rounded out the top five.

Bridgewater is idle for finals week and the upcoming holiday break but will return to action on January 11 in a dual meet against Hollins. Start time at Hollins is set for 7 p.m.