Swimmers Move Into Third After Day Two of ODAC Championships; Six School Records Fall
GREENSBORO, N.C. – On day two of the 2013 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Swimming Championships, the Bridgewater Eagles swim team set school records in every event of the evening session as the Eagles moved into third place in the team standings.
The Eagles are in third place in the team standings with 283 total points, 73 points out of the runner-up spot currently held by Randolph-Macon. Emory & Henry is close behind Bridgewater with 277 points while Greensboro rounds out the top five with 170.
Bridgewater opened the day with a fourth-place showing in the 200 yard medley relay. The quartet of Macey Smith, Jeni Zeiler, Emily Townsend and Annalee Gallagher finished the event in a time of 1:55.76 to set a new school record.
In the 400 yard individual medley, the Eagles placed three swimmers in the top 16. Freshman Allie Stewart paced the way for Bridgewater in the event with a ninth place showing in a time of 4:57.95. Stewart set a new school record in the event with her efforts. Townsend was two spots behind Stewart in 11th place after touching the pad at 5:06.64. Zeiler rounded out the scorers for the Eagles with a 5:10.74 which was good enough for 13th.
Sophomore Shannon Myers was Bridgewater's top finisher in the 100 yard butterfly, finishing in a time of 1:02.07. Myers' time was good enough for seventh place and also snapped her own school record in the event. Freshman Gabby Harbour also picked up key points for the Eagles in the event with a 1:06.94 finish.
Bridgewater saw its top individual performance of the day come in the 200 yard freestyle. Junior Carrie Crowther took home a fourth-place finish in the event in a time of 1:59.12 which was good enough to set a new school record. Senior Danielle Dillon cracked the top 10 in the race with a ninth place showing in a time of 2:00.79.
The Eagles had five swimmers finish in the top 16 in the 100 yard breaststroke. Junior Jennifer Lutz took home fifth place with a time of 1:11.42, edging out Zeiler who finished in sixth in a time of 1:12.29. Lutz's performance set a school record in the event. Townsend finished in 11th place in the event with a time of 1:14.76, while Jessica Thomas (14th; 1:17.19) and Kelsey Hess (16th; 1:20.66) rounded out Bridgewater's scoring group. The performance from the Eagles in the event catapulted the team into third place in the standings.
In the 100 yard backstroke, Myers was Bridgewater's top finisher with a ninth-place effort. Myers touched in a time of 1:03.49, setting a new school record in the process. Smith finished 11th with a 1:04.75 effort while freshman Sammie Arnold took home 16th place in a time of 1:11.63.
In the final event of the evening, the Eagles took home a fourth-place finish in the 800 yard freestyle relay. The quartet of Dillon, Myers, Stewart and Crowther crushed the previous school record in the event and finished in a time of 8:15.49.
Bridgewater opens up the final day of the conference championships on Sunday morning with preliminary heats before wrapping up the meet on Sunday afternoon with finals.