Dec. 1, 2007
Indianapolis, Ind. - The Bulldogs swimming team closed out the fall portion of the 2007-08 season this weekend (Nov. 30-Dec. 1) at the House of Champions Invitational held at the IUPUI Natatorium. Butler notched eight season-best times in the tournament, with five individuals tallying top-15 showings.
Senior Elizabeth Shafer led the way for the Bulldogs with a trio of season-fast marks. She posted a 13th-place finish in the 200 freestyle in a season-best 2:02.70 and a 17th-place swim in the 500 freestyle with a season-best 5:24.04. She also notched a season-best mark in the 100 freestyle with a time of 56.82.
Freshman Leigh Weston continued her strong season in the breaststroke events, recording a pair of top-15 showings in the tournament. She scored a ninth-place finish in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:10.89, just .2 seconds shy of her season-best time, and added a 12th-place showing in the 200 breast with a time of 2:32.41.
Junior Sarah Lynne Gates also chipped in a couple of top-15 performances, swimming to a 13th-place showing in the 200 back with a time of 2:17.76 and a 15th-place finish in the 200 IM with a season-best 2:17.38. She also posted a 16th-place time of 1:03.90 in the 100 backstroke.
In the 200 IM, sophomore Momo Wilson scored a 16th-place finish in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:35.42 and added a personal-best time of 2:25.02. Junior Katie Krueger added a 23rd-place finish in the 50 freestyle with a personal-fast 26.69.
Sophomore Julie Elmore swam the 500 freestyle in a personal-best 5:40.91 and tallied a personal-fast time of 19:52.77 in the 1,650 free. Meanwhile, sophomore Stephanie Moles scored a personal best 200 free time of 2:08.61 and added a 500 freestyle personal-best mark of 5:40.76.
Sophomore Kendall Wormley swam the 100 backstroke in a personal-fast 1:12.17, freshman Anna Taylor chipped in a personal-best 27.83 in the 50 freestyle and Brianne Owens notched a lifetime-best 2:41.57 in the 200 fly.
In the relays, Gates, Shafer, Moles and Kruger swam to an 8th-place finish in the 200 free relay with a season-best time of 1:45.92, while the 800 freestyle relay team of Shafer, Elmore, Moles and Gates swam to a season-best time of 8:31.88. Additionally, the 200 medley relay team of Gates, Weston, Wilson and Shafer posted a season-best 1:59.67, and the 400 medley relay team of Maria Keyler, Weston, Elmore and Wilson swam to a season-best mark of 4:30.21.
"I felt we had several solid performances and were able to challenge some teams in both individual and relay events at this mid-season meet," head coach Maurice Stewart said. "I was also pleased with the opportunity to compete at one of the nations fastest pools and while staying close to home. These factors certainly contributed to our increased team energy and overall success during the weekend."
The Bulldogs will continue training over the winter before resuming season on Jan. 12 against Rose-Hulman and Transylvania.