GREENSBORO, N.C.- After the first day of the 2017 ODAC Swimming Championships, Sweet Briar College sits in sixth place with 58 points. SBC is just one point behind rival Hollins University and eight points clear of seventh-place Guilford College.
This was a strong opening day performance from Sweet swimming, with two relay teams and one individual in the night finals. The Vixens had representatives swimming the finals of the 200-yard freestyle relay, 400 medley relay, and 50 free.
After finishing seventh in the morning prelims, the Sweet Briar 200 free relay team of Taylor Allen, Claire Zak, Brooke Burnett, and Mary Stuart McDevitt shaved over seven seconds off their prelim time to climb a spot during the finals. The team finished in a time of 1:54.61 to claim sixth place.
A few events later, McDevitt was back in the pool for the 50-free B final. The senior finished 11th overall, with a time of 25.99, in the morning prelims to qualify as the third seed for the B final. McDevitt was able to shave just over a tenth of a second off her time in the finals and held her seed position with a third-place finish in a time of 25.87. McDevitt and the other top-three finishers all finished with three one-hundredths of a second of each other, providing a fun and exciting final.
That's the fastest McDevitt has swam the 50-yard freestyle since last year's conference championships, where she finished in a time of 25.10.
Sweet Briar capped off the evening in the 400-yard medley relay. The team of Caroline Thomas, McDevitt, Allen, and Zak entered the finals with the sixth seed and wound up finishing the race in the same position, despite shaving over ten seconds off their prelim time. The Vixens finished the finals in a time of 4:35.19.
Tomorrow's prelims begin at 10 a.m. from the Greensboro Aquatic Center. You can view tomorrow's schedule of events here and check out the entire ODAC Championships website to watch the live stream and keep up with live results.