CHICAGO - First-place swims in the 1,000 free and 100 breast and 13 season bests highlighted what head coach Maurice Stewart called the "best team performance of the season," as Butler swam at UIC this weekend.
Caitlin Weichelt rolled to a win in the 1,000 free in a time of 10:59.95, more than 8 seconds better than the next swimmer. Later in the meet, Amanda Wagner won her first college race, a 1:10.37 swim in the 100 breast where she touched out teammate Rosalie Fidanze for first. The Bulldogs went 1-2-3 in the 100 breast, with Weichelt just behind Wagner and Fidanze.
"This was our best team performance of the season. We are racing better and have good team spirit," Stewart said.
Stewart also cited the 100 fly as a good event for Butler. Lauren Lambrecht swam a season best (1:00.66) to finish second and Megan Boebinger also added a season best (1:02.37) in the event.
Following Weichelt's distance win at the beginning of the day, Boebinger and Sarah Gibbons posted season bests in the 200 free. Serena Daley and Abigail Gibbons added season-best efforts in the 50 free moments later.
Fidanze led BU in the 200 IM (2:21.20, personal best) with several solid times from Allie Dvorchak, Maggie Wright and Milly Sauber.
Weichelt then added a third-place showing in the 100 free (55.81). She was supported by season-best times by Daley and Abigail Gibbons. Two others, Sauber and Cecilia Rose, stood out in the 100 back.
Stewart said Butler got solid swims from both relay teams and that the team is building momentum for its next event, the House of Champions event at IUPUI from Nov. 30-Dec. 2.
"This confidence boost will set us up to do very well for the House of Champions at IUPUI in a few weeks," the Butler coach said.