Brown Deer, Wis. - The Butler swimming team jumped out to a lightning fast start to the 2009 Horizon League Championship, as the Bulldogs combined to record four of the program's top-five times in just three events at the Schroeder YMCA on Wednesday (Feb. 25) evening.
The 200 freestyle relay team of Gates, Moles, Libby Bates and Katie Krueger got the evening started, swimming to a season-best mark of 1:40.31, which ranks as the third-fastest time in school history. Gates' lead leg time of 24.85, meanwhile, topped her season-best 50 mark by over a second and a half and is the program's third-fastest time ever.
Moles followed up the team effort with an individual swim for the ages, cutting nearly 40 seconds off her season-best mark in the 1,000 freestyle while posting the fourth-fastest showing in program history with a swim of 11:04.50.
The Bulldogs closed the evening with the 200 medley relay, where the squad of Bates, Leigh Weston, Gates and Moles trimmed nearly seven seconds off their previous best time this year and posted the fourth-fastest time in Butler history with a swim of 1:51.93.
With 44 points scored on the day, the Bulldogs find themselves in eighth place overall, just 14 points behind seventh-place Valparaiso and 27 points back of fifth-place Youngstown State.
The Horizon League Championship continues on Thursday (Feb. 26) with prelims beginning at 11:30 a.m. ET (10:30 a.m. CT) and finals starting at 7:30 p.m. ET (6:30 p.m. CT) at the Schroeder YMCA in Brown Deer, Wis.