Relay Swims Lead Bulldogs In Day One Of League Meet
CLEVELAND - The Butler women's swimming team produced season-best times in the 200 free relay and the 200 medley relay to highlight the first day of the Horizon League Swimming Championships at Cleveland State.
The 200 free relay team (Lauren Lambrecht, Kaitie Ring, Rosalie Fidanze, Kathleen Brannen) registered a time of 1:41.90. Lambrecht started the event with a 25.8 lead-off and Ring added a lifetime-best split of 24.6.
The 200 medley relay team (Ring, Fidanze, Lambrecht, Brannen) finished with a mark of 1:51.37. The time was less than a second slower than the Butler school record. Ring gave the team a good start, posting a lifetime-best 27.65 backstroke in the first leg. Fidanze's breast time of 31.5 and Lambrecht's fly time of 26.6 were also lauded by head coach Maurice Stewart.
"We started and finished the first night of the meet with solid swims in the free and medley relays posting both season and lifetime bests, but unfortunately the good relay swims didn't carry over into the 1000 free very well," head coach Maurice Stewart said. ""Being a very young and inexperienced team at the college level, I think we just shook out the first-night jitters and we will be ready to have a better day tomorrow."
Individually, Brannen was a highlight in the 1000 free. Her time of 10:57.67 was a lifetime best.
The Bulldogs will continue with the league championships Thursday, Friday and Saturday.