The Butler swim team made waves at the House of Champions Invitational with several season-best times. The team finished sixth out of nine teams in attendance.
The meet, hosted by Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, marked the halfway point of a season that has been full of fast swims.
Sophomore Lauren Lambrecht paced the team with a fifth-place finish in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:17.20—the best finish of any Butler swimmer.
Fellow sophomore Kaitie Ring swam a season-best time in her 100 backstroke, finishing 10th in 1:01.53.
“We had a good week of practice leading up to this meet, and I’m happy with my performance,” Ring said.
The Bulldogs had a strong showing in the biggest endurance test of the meet—the 1,650 freestyle.
Sophomore Kathleen Brannen took 11th for Butler’s highest finish with a time of 19:05.74.
Junior Kyle Johannsen and sophomore Lauren Need posted season-best times, finishing 12th and 14th, respectively.
“This was a good meet for us to identify strengths and weaknesses moving forward as we complete the first half of the season,” coach Maurice Stewart said.
Sophomore Rosalie Fidanze was the lone Butler swimmer to place in the 100 breastroke. Her season-best time of 1:12.62 was good for 15th.
She followed that performance with another 15th place finish, this time in the 200 breastroke but also with a season-best time.
The Bulldogs had a particularly strong showing in the 400 freestyle relay to end the meet.
The team of Hannah Somerville, Liz Grogan, Eshan Pua and Caitie Weichelt, who are all freshmen, took sixth place overall with a season best time of 3:46.64.
“Overall we swam hot and cold today,” Stewart said. “I was pleased to see that we overcame our inconsistency with a stronger final session and finished the meet on a high note with a season-best performance in the 400 free relay.”
The Bulldogs will next be in the water Thursday, Nov. 17, against Marshall at the University of Indianapolis.
They follow that up on Friday, Nov. 18 with a meet against Franklin College. Both meets start at 6 p.m.