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Eagles Edged by Single Point at E&H

taylor berard swimming the breaststroke

EMORY, Va. – The Bridgewater women's swimming team narrowly missed upsetting Emory & Henry for the second straight year, losing 103-102 on Friday night.

The Eagles were winning heading into the final event- the 200 free relay. But E&H's A team easily won in 2:00.89, claiming the meet by a single point despite a second place finish from Taylor Berard, Emily Carr, Laurel Glover and Jordan Back (2:07.15) and a third place score from Haley Saunders, Emma Bashline, Jessy Wilson and Jennifer Hess.

Given the Wasps' strength in the final relay, Bridgewater needed to get more points from the final individual event- the 100 breaststroke- to win. E&H's Brianna Chessock beat out the Eagles' top swimmer, Emma Daw (1:22.09), and Savannah Scarbrough edged Jenna Walmer for third place by 1.5 seconds.

The Eagles had beaten Emory & Henry 133-120 last season, before finishing one place behind them at the ODAC championships.

Rookie Rachael King won two individual events- the 200 free (2:23.37) and 400 IM (5:40.59). Olivia Heeb-Wade was second in the 200 free, with a time of 2:26.93.

Kelley Hilliker placed first the 100 back, in 1:14.77. The Eagles also won the opening 200 medley relay, with Hilliker, Walmer, Back and Daw clocking 2:13.39.

Berard (31.29) and Genevieve Young (31.63) went 2-3 in the 50 free, while Daw placed second in the 100 fly (1:11.74).

Heeb-Wade was second in the 100 free (1:07.83) and third in the 400 free (5:15.74). Glover had a third place finish in the 800 free (10:56.79).

Bridgewater is 4-1 after suffering its first dual meet defeat of the season. The Eagles will swim at Sweet Briar on Wednesday, with Ferrum also taking part in the double-dual.