FISHERS, Ind. - The Butler women's swim team opened the 2011-12 season by posting a win over league opponent Valparaiso Sunday afternoon. Wright State, Saint Louis and Evansville also competed in the meet.
In head-to-head scoring, Butler defeated Valparaiso 121-78. Evansville won the meet.
"I was very pleased with the overall performance of the team today," head coach Maurice Stewart said. "Everyone stepped up and contributed in many ways which helped us to our first win of the season and an exciting home meet."
The Bulldogs were led by freshman Caitlin Weichelt and sophomore Lauren Lambrecht among a host of solid performances across the board. Weichelt, in her first collegiate meet, placed fifth in the 200 free (1:59.28) and sixth in the 200 breast (2:31.74). Lambrecht, one of the team leaders last year, had solid swims in the 200 IM and 200 fly. She posted a time of 2:16.20 to finish fourth in the 200 fly just minutes after registering a 2:17.94 to place eighth in the 200 IM.
Freshman Hannah Somerville was competitive in the sprint freestyle races. Somerville clocked 26.30 in the 50 free, finishing sixth of 17 competitors. In the 100 free, Somerville placed sixth with a mark of 56.68.
Freshman Eshan Pua supplemented Weichelt in the 200 free with an eighth-place swim of 2:00.52. Freshman Lauren Scotti posted a competitive, life-time best swim in the 200 back (2:14.15), placing sixth. Also sophomore Libby Platau was strong in the 200 free (2:22.79) and 200 breast (3:04.77).
The meet concluded with Butler swimming a solid 3:48.93 in the 400 free relay, good for fourth place. The 400 free team included sophomores Kaitie Ring and Kathleen Brannen and freshmen Elizabeth Grogan and Weichelt, who swam the anchor leg with an impressive time of 55.42. It was the first time in three years the 400 free relay team has been sub-3:50.00.
Butler's next contest is a dual meet at Eastern Illinois Friday, Oct. 7.