Weston, Gates Swim To Within A Second Of School Records
Brown Deer, Wis. - Butler continued its torrid performance in the Horizon League Championship on Friday (Feb. 27), as the Bulldogs combined to post five of top-10 fastest times in school history - including second-best marks by sophomore Leigh Weston and senior Sarah Lynne Gates - on the third day of competition at the Schroeder YMCA.
Weston picked up the Bulldogs' best individual showing of the tournament so far in the 100 breaststroke, finishing 11th overall with a time of 1:06.81. Additionally, her prelim swim of 1:06.78 ranks as the second-fastest time in school history, trailing only Mary Beth Arnold's time of 1:05.54 from 2007.
Gates, meanwhile, continued her dominant showing in the tournament an impressive showing in the 100 backstroke, swimming to the second-best time in school history with a 1:01.13 and finishing just 0.20 seconds behind record-holder Jesse Levknecht's time of 59.93, set in 2002.
The 800 freestyle relay team of Gates, Stephanie Moles, Weston and Libby Bates shaved nearly 27 seconds off their season-best time and posted the fifth-fastest showing at Butler with a swim of 8:09.10. Additionally, both Gates' 100 yard split (55.61) and 200 yard split (1:57.38) were the team's fastest of the season and among the best in the program's history, with the 100 time ranking 10th all-time and 200 checking in at sixth.
Six other swimmers added lifetime-best swims on the third day of competition.
Allison Qualls posted the team's fastest 100 butterfly time of the season by over three seconds with a swim of 1:06.77, while Kendall Wormley added a personal-best mark in the event, cutting over two seconds off with a time of 1:08.05.
Allison Shafer cut over four seconds off her personal-best mark in the 100 breast with a time of 1:11.19, and Katie Krueger trimmed almost five seconds off her season-fast time in the 100 back with a personal-best mark of 1:05.51.
Bates added a lifetime-best time in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:02.54, while Maria Keyler posted her own personal-best with a swim of 2:12.14 - over nine seconds faster than her previous best.
The Horizon League Championship concludes on Saturday (Feb. 28) 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.