Nov. 10, 2007
Chicago, Ill. - The Butler swimming continued its fall season on Nov. 10 when it traveled to Chicago for a quad meet with Milwaukee, North Dakota and UIC at the Flames Natatorium.
Junior Sarah Lynne Gates led the way for the Bulldogs, recording three season-best times in the meet. She swam the 100 backstroke in a time of 1:03.87, which ranks as the 10th-best 100 back time in school history. She also posted a time of 2:16.28 in the 200 backstroke and swam the 400 IM in a swift 4:57.68, falling less than a second short of a second top-10 time.
Senior Elizabeth Shafer also added impressive marks, finishing with season-best times at both ends of the freestyle spectrum. She posted the seventh-fastest time in school history in the mile, completing the trip in 18:58.37 before adding a season-best time of 26.65 in the 50 free. She also notched a top 100 freestyle time by swimming the first leg of the 400 free relay in 57.35.
Leigh Weston continued her impressive freshman campaign, improving on her season-best time in the 100 breaststroke with a 1:10.68, the ninth-fastest mark in school history. She also added a personal-best time in the 400 IM (5:10.38) and swam the breaststroke leg of the 200 medley relay in helping the team to a season-best time.
Sophomore Julie Elmore picked up strong times in the middle-distance freestyle events, setting personal best times for the year in the 100 (59.88) and 200 (2:06.75). She also posted a season-best mark in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:09.28.
Meanwhile, sophomore Kendall Wormley added a season top-time in the 200 butterfly, swimming to a 2:39.61, and improved on her 100 fly time with a 1:11.97.
Sophomore Momo Wilson tallied personal season-best marks in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:10.01 and added a top time in the 100 breast with a 1:12.82.
Newcomers Brianne Owens and Anna Taylor continued to show improvement, as Owens swam to personal-best marks in the 50, 100 and 500 freestyles and Taylor finished with top marks in the 100 freestyle and 100 and 200 butterfly.
"This was a good meet for us to work on improving our times," head coach Maurice Stewart said. "We are continuing to swim faster with every meet, and I feel that the quality swims we have had in the past few weeks will really help us as we head into possibly our biggest tournament of the year at the House of Champions Invitational."
Butler returns to action on Nov. 30 when they take part in the two-day House of Champions Invitational, which is hosted by IUPUI at the IUPUI Natatorium.