CHARLESTON, Ill. - Sophomore Lauren Lambrecht led the Bulldogs with wins in the 200 IM and the 100 fly and the Butler swimming team went on to defeat Eastern Illinois, 110-96. It is the second win for BU in as many weekends this season.
In a span of 10 minutes, Lambrecht won two races that helped Butler to the win. She posted a hard-fought 2:16.03 to win the 200 IM. Just 10 minutes later, Lambrecht swam 1:00.99 to win the 100 fly.
“I knew this was going to be a tough meet for us, but our ladies came here tonight to win," head coach Maurice Stewart said. "They all performed well and came together with spirit, determination and accomplished the goal to get our second win. Beating the second scholarship team this season only strengthens our confidence and team bond as we continue to improve in the pool.
"I am proud of our ladies efforts and victory this evening."
After the 200 medley relay team opened the meet by placing second (1:55.98), sophomore Kathleen Brannen led BU in the 1650 free as Butler got off to a good start in the individual events. The Bulldogs went 1-2-3 in the 1650, earning the Bulldogs a 15-2 swing in points for the event.
Freshmen Lauren Scotti and Hannah Somerville each earned individual wins. Scotti won the 100 back (1:01.14) and Somerville placed first in the 50 free (26.27). Freshman Caitlin Weichelt led Butler to another 1-2-3 showing in the 100 free, winning in 57.15. Two other freshmen, Elizabeth Grogan (57.55) and Rachel Soberman (58.45), finished the sweep. Sophomore Rosalie Fidanze added a second-place swim in the 100 breast (1:13.45), swimming a strong back half of that race.
The meet concluded with a strong Butler showing in the 200 free relay. The 'B' relay team edged the 'A' group as BU finished second and third in the event. Lambrecht anchored the 'B' relay and had the team's fastest split. It was the first time a 200 free relay team has broken 1:45 in three years.
Butler's next meet is Friday, Oct. 28 at IUPUI. Butler will take on IUPUI and Centre College.