GREENSBORO, N.C. - On the final day of the 2012 ODAC Swimming Championships, the Bridgewater Eagles swim team turned in a number of strong performances to finish solidly in fourth place at the conference meet. Senior swimmer Simone Conyers also picked up individual honors, earning the Bonnie Kestner Sportsmanship Award.
Bridgewater racked up 329 team points on the weekend, which is the highest points total in program history for the Eagles at the championship meet.
The final session opened with the longest event of the meet, the 1,650 yard freestyle. Bridgewater placed three swimmers in the top 16 in the event, led by sophomore Michelle Caron's ninth-place finish. Caron finished with a time of 19:26.49. Junior Danielle Dillon (19:59.40) finished in 12th place for the Eagles in the event, while freshman Kelsey Hess (21:14.43) picked up a 16th place finish.
Bridgewater was shut out in the 200 yard backstroke before turning in a pair of top 16s in the 100 yard freestyle. Freshman AnnaLee Gallagher paced the Eagles in the event with an eighth-place showing. The Bristow, Va. native finished with a time of 57.30 seconds. Sophomore Carrie Crowther finished 10th in the event, despite swimming more than half-second faster than Gallagher, with a time of 56.75 seconds.
Following the 100 yard freestyle, the Eagles put two swimmers in the top 16 in the 200 yard breaststroke, led by junior Jeni Zeiler's 10th place finish. Zeiler touched the pad in a time of 2:41.11, while freshman Ashleigh Pugh rounded out the 16-person final with a time of 2:56.10.
Freshman Shannon Myers turned in her third top-five finish of the meet in the 200 yard butterfly, finishing in fifth place with a time of 2:21.86. Conyers also competed in the event, finishing in a time of 2:56.42, good enough for 14th place.
In the meet's final event, the 400 yard freestyle relay, Bridgewater's quartet of Crowther, Dillon, Myers and Gallagher finished in a time of 3:46.90 to secure a third-place performance.
Washington and Lee won the conference title easily, racking up 992 total points to top Randolph-Macon by nearly 200 points. Sweet Briar scored 373 points to edge the Eagles, while Greensboro College earned 222 points in its first conference championship as a member of the ODAC to finish in fifth place.