April 9, 2009
Indianapolis, Ind. - The Butler women's swimming team completed a record-setting 2008-09 campaign at the Horizon League Championship at the end of February, putting an exclamation point on another strong season.
The Bulldogs went on to post a school record - compliments of senior Sarah Lynne Gates in the 200 IM - and tallied four consolation finalist showings in the meet, including two each by Gates and sophomore Leigh Weston.
"I was very pleased with how the team performed at the Horizon League Championships," head coach Maurice Stewart said. "I thought all our girls performed admirably by starting and finishing the meet with supporting one another, positive attitudes and confidence throughout the meet."
Gates and fellow senior Katie Krueger both concluded impressive careers with the Bulldogs this season.
Including her school record in the 200 IM, Gates finished with a total of seven top-10 all-time swims and nine Horizon League consolation finalist showings.
Krueger, meanwhile, boasts the eighth-fastest 50 freestyle time in school history and was the only student-athlete to be named one of Butler's Top 100 Outstanding Students for 2008-09.
Gates concluded the season with seven of the team's top times during the year, including top marks in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyles, the 100 and 200 backstrokes and the 200 and 400 individual medleys. Junior Stephanie Moles was the team's top distance swimmer, scoring top marks in the 500, 1,000 and 1,650 freestyles, while Weston notched top times in both the 100 and 200 breaststrokes.
Freshman Allison Qualls showed signs of good things to come, as the rookie swimmer finished with the team's best times in both the 100 and 200 butterfly during the league championship meet.
In all, the Bulldogs went on to post lifetime best performances in 88 percent of their swims during the conference tournament, with each one counting as a season-best time.
"Concluding the league tournament with 88 percent lifetime-best and 100 percent season-best performances speaks volumes about our team dynamic, seasonal preparations and determination to have a successful conference championship meet," Stewart added. "I am also confident our results will help with our recruiting efforts for the 2009-10 class and beyond as we rebuild our program with increased team membership and move forward competitively."