Records broken

By Holly Fox

   Despite a rough start to their meet against Ferrum College in which the Bridgewater College Eagles swim team had their top relay team disqualified and the fact that the meet was originally supposed to be hosted by Ferrum, the lady Eagles broke through the waves and defeated Ferrum 128-40.

   Ferrum was an interesting meet because it was supposed to be at their pool but on Wednesday afternoon the team was informed that they were not allowed to have the meet there because of a championship football game. Instead, the meet was moved to BC’s pool. 

   “This mentally helped a lot!” Jennifer Lutz said about this past Saturday’s meet.

   In the 200-meter medley relay, Bridgewater’s relay team made up of Macey Smith, Jessica Thomas, Gabby Harbour, and Allie Stewart, finished in first with an impressive time of 2:21.27.

   Bridgewater’s second victory came from Danielle Dillon in the 800-meter freestyle. Dillon finished first with a time of 10:36.81. Following closely behind Dillon was teammate Kelsey Hess who finished with a time of 11:04.22.

   In the 200-meter freestyle, Carrie Crowther set a new school record finishing in first place with a time of 2:20.43. Annalee Gallagher broke another school record in the 50-meter freestyle finishing in 28.74. Shannon Myers finished second behind Gallagher with a time of 28.86.

   More records were broken by the ladies as the afternoon continued. In the 200-meter individual medley, Allie Steward finished six seconds ahead of teammate Jeni Zeiler to set a new school record. In the 100-meter butterfly, BC swimmers Emily Townsend and Annalee Gallagher were the top two finishers. Carrie Crowther found her second victory of the day in the 100-meter freestyle.

   Another broken record came from Shannon Myers in the 100-meter backstroke. Danielle Dillon took home her second victory in the 400-meter freestyle. The final school record of the day was broken by Jeni Zeiler in the 100-meter breaststroke.  In the final event of the day, Bridgewater found another victory in the 200-meter freestyle relay made up of Danielle Dillon, Carrie Crowther, Annalee Gallagher, and Jennifer Lutz.

   “As a team, our goal for the season is to be first and second in everything we do so that we can be the best,” Amy Buettner said. “This is accomplished by long hours in the pool with the workouts that Coach Fran cooks up for us.”

   The Lady Eagles will be on the road for their next five meets, but will return to the Nininger Pool on Jan. 19 at 12:00 p.m. to face ODAC opponent Emory and Henry College.

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