Swimming: Bulldogs cruise to victory

The Butler swim team continued its success against conference rival Valparaiso, with the Bulldogs topping the Crusaders on Saturday.

Butler outscored Valparaiso 56-39 and defeated Monmouth College 72-29.

The Bulldogs won six events in the meet, including both relays.

Freshman Lauren Scotti was a member of the first-place 200 medley relay team, which scored a time of 1:55.65.

Scotti also won two individual events: the 50 freestyle with a time of 26.15 and the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:02.99.

Scotti, who was named the Horizon League Women’s Swimmer of the Week, said that while she did perform well at the meet, contributing three of the Bulldogs’ six total event wins, she feels the credit for the victory goes to the team.

“I had a good meet, but I feel like everyone on the team is a significant factor too,” Scotti said, “whether it be cheering on teammates and being a positive force or performing well in the water.”

Freshman Caitlin Weichelt handed Butler another victory, winning the 200 freestyle in a time of 2:02.45.

“It felt good to win the 200 free because it is one of my favorite events and it was a tough race,” Weichelt said.  “In the end, all the hard work is paying off.”

Freshman Eshan Pua won the 100 freestyle with a time of 56.56 and also set a season-best time in the 400 IM.

Season-best times were also set by junior Kyle Johannsen, who recorded a time of 11:23.23 in the 1,000 freestyle, and sophomore Rosalie Fidanze, who finished the 100 breastroke in 1:10.45.

The Bulldogs have one more regular season meet at IUPUI this Saturday before they head into the Horizon League Championships at the end of February.

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