Indianapolis, Ind. - Swimming in the final home meet of her collegiate career, senior Sarah Lynne Gates made quite a splash with an impressive victory in the 200 IM against Valparaiso and IUPUI on Sunday (Feb. 8) at Warren Central High School.
The Bulldogs would fall short in the final team scoring, however, as IUPUI claimed a 170-94 decision and Valparaiso added a 188-62 win.
Gates picked up a strong win in the 200 IM, completing the trip in 2:16.18 and out-pacing her nearest competitor by 0.66 seconds. She also finished just 0.17 seconds out of a win in the 50 backstroke, recording a second-place time of 30.09, and posted a third-place showing in the 50 free with a time of 26.73.
Fellow senior Katie Krueger also put together a strong performance, swimming the 50 free in a time of 32.47 to place sixth and adding sixth-place time of 59.65 in the 100 free.
Leigh Weston placed second in the 50 breaststroke with a time of 33.04 and added a seventh-place 1:00.42 in the 100 free, while Stephanie Moles notched a pair of fourth-place finishes, swimming the 200 free in a time of 2:04.36 and the 50 fly in 31.17. Moles also added a sixth-place showing in the 200 fly with a swim of 2:33.36.
Libby Bates placed fifth in the 200 IM with a time of 2:27.93 and posted sixth-place showings in the 200 free with a swim of 2:06.91 and in the 200 back in a time of 2:27.03
The 200 medley relay team of Bates, Gates, Weston and Krueger finished second with a time of 2:01.20, while the 400 free relay team of Krueger, Moles, Weston and Shafer scored a fourth-place time of 4:04.43.
Butler will have nearly three weeks of preparation before opening up the Horizon League Championship on Feb. 25 in Brown Deer, Wis.