BRIDGEWATER, Va. – In its final tune up before the 2013 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Championships, the Bridgewater Eagles swim team broke five school records in a tri-match victory over Emory & Henry and Notre Dame of Maryland University.
Bridgewater upended Emory & Henry by a 64-31 score and topped the Gators by a 65-30 tally.
The Eagles opened the day with a record-setting performance in the 200 meter medley relay. Bridgewater's quartet of Shannon Myers, Jeni Zeiler, Emily Townsend and Carrie Crowther touched the pad in a time of 2:12.86 to win the event by less than two tenths of a second.
Junior Michelle Caron paced the Eagles in the 1,500 meter freestyle. Caron finished in third place in the event with a time of 20:21.54 while sophomore Kelsey Hess was close behind in fourth with a 21:33.79 finish.
Bridgewater snapped its second record of the day with a 1-2 finish in the 200 meter freestyle. Junior Carrie Crowther was victorious in record-setting fashion with a 2:17.76 finish. Senior Danielle Dillon finished right behind Crowther in a time of 2:22.27.
Townsend and Lutz followed up Crowther's victory by going 3-4 in the 50 meter freestyle. Townsend paced the way for the Eagles in the event with a 29.96 second performance. Lutz finished in fourth place, touching the pad in a time of 30.48 seconds.
Freshman Allie Stewart took home a runner-up finish in the 200 meter individual medley. Stewart finished with a time of 2:45.14, while senior Jeni Zeiler finished in fourth place in a time of 2:47.66.
Sophomore Shannon Myers was victorious for the Eagles in the 200 meter butterfly, setting a new school record along the way. Myers touched in a time of 2:41.17, while freshman Gabby Harbour finished in third place with a time of 2:49.01.
Crowther followed up Myers' victory with one of her own in the 100 meter freestyle. The Burgess, Va. native set a new school standard with the win, finishing the race in a time of 1:02.54.
Freshman Macey Smith finished in second place to pace the way for Bridgewater in the 200 meter backstroke. Smith touched the pad in a time of 2:39.62.
Dillon was Bridgewater's top finisher in the 400 meter freestyle, taking home a second place finish. The Roanoke, Va. native finished in a time of 5:03.80, while sophomore Josie Hawkins finished in fourth place with a time of 5:34.47.
Townsend was Bridgewater's top finisher in the 200 meter breaststroke. The freshman touched the pad in a time of 2:59.54 to finish in the runner-up spot in the event and set a new school record.
The Eagles are back in action on February 8 at the Greensboro Aquatic Center for the ODAC Championships. The three-day competition concludes on February 10 when a new conference champion is crowned.