The Owls' Nest

Owl of the Week

The Owl of the Week is voted on by official members of SAAC at the bi-weekly meetings. Owls of the Week are athletes that demonstrate the spirit of Bryn Mawr Athletics through hard work, determination, team work, and sportsmanship.

Owls of the Week:

April 16th: Megan Kilmer and Kendall Baller! Megan, a sophomore on the lacrosse team, scored two goals in the victory against Rosemont College, while Kendall, a sophomore on the tennis team, clinched the victory against Washington College last week with victories in both singles and doubles. Congratulations!

April 2nd: Melina Koukoutchos, Victoria Travis, and Elaine Schmidt! Melina, a sophomore on the tennis team, won both her singles and doubles matches against conference rival Gettysburg. Victoria, a senior on the track team, and Elaine, a junior on the track team, swept the 10k race in their first time running it. Way to go Owls!

March 19th: Katie Alpert! Katie, a freshman goalie on the lacrosse team, had 26 saves against Sweet Briar and 77 saves in just 6 games. Keep up the great work Katie!

February 26th: Stephanie Yang, Angela Mastrianni, and Claudia Keep! Stephanie, a junior on the badminton team, won the women’s singles consolation match at Mid-Atlantic Juniors this past weekend. Angela, a sophomore on the swim team, qualified for the consolation final of the 100 yard breaststroke at the Centennial Conference Championships and lowered her time by over a second between prelims and finals. Lastly, Claudia, a junior on the indoor track team, lowered her personal best in the mile at the Princeton Invitational. Congratulations to all our athletes!

February 12th: Katrina Obieta! Katrina, a junior on the swim team, lowered her personal best in the 500 yard freestyle by 3 seconds at the team’s last dual meet at Ursinus. This was with only a few weeks of training after coming back from study abroad. Way to go Katrina!

November 20th: Nicolette Parmese and Saira Kitagawa! Nicolette, a senior forward on the basketball team, scored a game-high of 32 points on Sunday against Notre Dame. She was also named one of the tournament MVPs. Saira, a junior guard on the basketball team, also played very well in the tournament, scoring 15 points total and 12 rebounds and helping Bryn Mawr to their first win of the season. Great job basketball!

November 3rd: Kristina Xiang and Rachael Koone! Kristina, a junior on the swim team, placed 3rd in the 200 Individual Medley against Franklin and Marshall and swam an incredibly strong anchor leg of the 200 Medley Relay to earn 3rd place for her team. Rachael, a freshman on the swim team, had an outstanding start to her collegiate career, placing 3rd in the 100 yard butterfly and contributing to 3rd-place finishes for both of her relay teams. Good luck with the rest of your season swimming!

October 23rd: Kayla Bixler, Allegra Levy and Claudia Keep! Kayla, a sophomore on the field hockey team, scored two of the four goals in Bryn Mawr’s victory over Swarthmore (their first conference win in 14 years!). She is also the conference leader in defensive saves. Allegra, a sophomore on the soccer team, scored her first goal of the season against Johns Hopkins–it was the first time the Owls have scored on Hopkins since 2008. Finally, Claudia, a junior on the cross-country team, won the Seven Sisters championship at Smith and set a new course record in the process. What an amazing week for BMC Athletics!

October 2nd: Kelli Breeden and Caty Austin! Kelli, a junior on the soccer team, always plays every game with intensity and heart and had an exceptional game against Franklin and Marshall. Caty, a senior on the tennis team, won her last 4 singles matches and 3 doubles matches. Hoot hoot!

September 18th: Sarah Macholdt and Marian Slocum! Sarah, a senior on the cross-country team, broke her personal best from her freshman year in the 6k while Marian, a junior on the soccer team, scored her first two goals at Bryn Mawr, both of which were unassisted. Congratulations!

April 21: The track teams varsity 4×400 relay, consisting of Tehzeeb Tyebjee, Rachel Shen, Tanga Nixion, and Genesis Feliz, is going to Penn Relays! Way to go! We are so excited to see how they preform during this huge track event! Good luck team!

April 29: Holly Constants, a sophomore on the Field Hockey team scored 4 goals during the tournament this weekend! She impressed all of her teammates with her hard work and perseverance during the tournament. Keep up the good work Holly!

April 8- Claire Johnson of the lacrosse team scored 3 goals in their game against Franklin and Marshall College. Cheer for Claire #24 during the next lacrosse game Wednesday April 10th. Good luck lax!

April 15- Melina Koukoutchos won her tennis match during a tie breaker on the tennis teams fan appreciation game March 29. Additionally, her doubles team also beat the University of the Sciences. Way to go Melina!

March 25- Kat Magner on the lacrosse team had a hat trick in their game against Arcadia College on March 19. Way to go Kat!!!

April 1- Tanya Hamid is a freshman on the lacrosse team this season and she it doing an amazing job! Everyone is super impressed with her defensive skills, work it Tanya! woo hoo!

March 4- The Swimteams B 400m relay team, consisting of Carly Breen, Carolyn Gee, Katrina Obieta, Angela Mastrianni. They all improved their times during the relay at champs and really impressed everyone on the team with their hard work!!

March 11- Sarajane Rodgers set a new BMC indoor track record in the conferences Pentathalon. Even though none of her other teammates could make it to the event, she still did an amazing job! way to go Sarajane!

November 28- Ashlee Williams and Hope McMahan from the basketball team! Ashlee was a top scorer in the game against Haverford, and Hope has had an amazing season! keep up the good work owls! You go girls!

November 7- Meredith Davis from the swim team! She had two first place finishes in two swim meets this season (50 free and 100 Butterfly). Nice work!

October 10!

Caitlin Homstad- Caitlin is one of the leading scorers on the soccer team this year. During the game against Ursinus she got a compound fracture in her leg and has had many surgeries since. She has been such a trooper through all of this and still has Bryn Mawr athletics pride! We all wish Caitlin the best and cannot wait until this awesome owl is back on the field!

Alex Weinfeld- Alex is the freshman goalie on the field hockey team. Last week she had her first collegiate start in the game and was totally on fire. The hockey team is so excited to have her on the team and to see what is to come in future seasons! She is such a great Bryn Mawr owl! Way to go Alex!

Weeks of March 29-April 11

Miranda Gordon-Zigel (lacrosse): In the two past games Miranda stepped up and played in goal for parts of the games and also hustled a lot in her normal field position.  She was one of the only players to win a draw control in today’s game versus Franklin & Marshall.

Anna Perocchi (tennis):  She has been playing really well.  She has had a lot of close matches.

Claudia Keep (track and field): After this weekend’s meet, she is now ranked 6th nationally in the DIII in the 5K with a time of 17:42.14.

Weeks of March 14-March 28

Elizabeth Olecki (tennis):  Elizabeth won the only match of the day against Haverford.  A Bryn Mawr player got sick right before the match so everyone had to shift up one spot and face more difficult competition.

Miranda Gordon-Zigel (lacrosse):  Miranda captured her 100th college career draw control (when you win possession of the ball at the beginning of the game).
Zoe Fisher (lacrosse): A freshman who scored four goals in her first career game at Bryn Mawr and two in her second.

Weeks of February 22-March 14

Shannon Murphy and Lucy Gleysteen (Indoor Track & Field) both PR’d by a foot in the shot put at the Keogh Invitational.

The 400 Medley Relay Team of Judy Yeung, Phoebe Jordan, Meredith Davis, Zoe Guastella (Swimming) broke the only relay record that had not already been broken during Nikki’s time as a coach.  They swam in a time of 4:12.63 and the previous time was 4:13.70.  The previous record was set in 2003 by the team of Stacy Claxton, Kelly Radimer, Marot Williamson, and Jen Wolfe.

Emily Levine (Indoor Track & Field) ran the 1000m at the Rider/Lafayette Winter Games hosted at The Armory in New York City and broke the school record set by All-American Joanna Simonis in 2005.  The prior record was 3:12.0.  Levine ran the 1000m in 3:10.12.

Weeks of February 8-February 22

Kristina Kronauer (track and field): Set the school record in the 5K at the McElligott Invitational with a time of 18:20.42.  She beat the old record by 17 seconds and she beat her previous PR by 42 seconds.  Her time ranks 46th nationally in the Division III.

Nicolette Parmese (basketball): She recorded her 13th double-double of the season against Muhlenberg with 20 points and 11 rebounds.  This was her 5th consecutive double-double.  She played a strong game against Rutgers-Camden.

Tonja Nixon (track and field):  Set PR’s in the 60m and the 200m at the McElligott Invitational and qualified for Centennial Conference Championships in both events.

Kim Wiley (track and field): She recorded a PR in the 3K at the McElligott Invitational with a time of 11:32.22 and she qualified for Centennial Conference Championships.

Weeks of January 25 and February 1:

Jessica Arbon (swimming) got a best time in the 200 back at Seven Sisters.  It was a hard meet for everyone because it was following a difficult winter break training trip and the Swarthmore meet.

Victoria Travis (track) dropped two seconds in the 800m run.

Weeks of November 20 and 27: 

Karina Siu (soccer) was named All-Conference Honorable Mention for soccer.  She is the first Bryn Mawr player since 1999 to receive this honor and it’s a big honor to receive as a sophomore.

Jordan Schwartz (swimming) is a first-year on the swim team who dropped two seconds in the 50 yard freestyle at the Gettysburg meet this past weekend.  She’s been working really hard and 2 seconds is a lot of time to drop in the 50 free.

Weeks of November 6 and November 13:

This is a special edition of Owl of the Week to recognize the end of the fall season.

Miranda Gordon-Zigel was one of four players to have a shot on goal when soccer played Swarthmore.  She never complains about the amount of playing time she gets.  She is always positive.  During the last week of practices she had a new found energy and began heading the ball with no fear.  She is a teammate on and off the field.  When soccer played Johns Hopkins, she came off the bench and she was the only player to have a shot on goal.

The crew Varsity 4 (seniors Holly Brunner and Stephanie Martin, junior Lina Blount, freshman Madeline Johnson, and senior coxswain Michelle Chen) captured 10th place out of 33 teams in the Women’s Collegiate Race at the Head of the Charles Regatta.  This was the best finish in the history of the program at Bryn Mawr.  They earned automatic reentry to next year’s race by placing below the 10th percentile.  Bryn Mawr placed in the fourth percentile.

Karina Siu, a defender on the soccer team, stepped up to play goal keeper versus Johns Hopkins when Rebecca Joseph was out with a concussion and Val Viertel dislocated her shoulder during game warm-up.  Having never played goalie before in her life, Karina posted 20 saves, which is good for a collegiate soccer game.  One parent on the Johns Hopkins team commented on her good skills as a goalie.

Phoebe Jordan posted her first collegiate win in her first collegiate swim meet versus Washington College.  She posted her best beginning of season time in her career in the 100 breaststroke.  She is always cheery and upbeat in the pool and on the pool deck.

Maddie Beckmann scored all four goals to lead to the Owls’ 4-3 win over Cedar Crest College in their last field hockey game of the season.  She scored three goals in the second half to bring the Owls’ back from behind and tie the game in the last three minutes of the game.  Beckmann scored the game winning goal in overtime.

Week of October 30:

Victoria Travis set a new personal best at the Seven Sisters Cross Country Championships hosted by Bryn Mawr College.

Week of October 23:

The varsity 4 A boat of Lina Blount, Holly Brunner, Maddie Johnson, Stephanie Martin, and coxswain Michelle Chen.  They came in 5th place at the Navy Day Regatta, beating out 8 Division 1 boats.  Next up for the rowing Owls is the Seven Sisters Regatta , hosted by Smith College on 10/29/11.