BRENDAN KING | STAFF REPORTER
The Butler swimming team took on the Xavier Musketeers in a head-to-head meet at Xavier on Nov. 16. The Musketeers defeated the Bulldogs by a score of 74-52.
Xavier held off the Bulldogs for most of the meet, winning 12 events out of the first 14 events that were held.
Xavier’s fastest relay time came in the 3×50 yard butterfly relay where junior Kelsie Johns, freshman Sarah Stone, and senior Olivia Wilkes finished with a time of 1:24.38. This gave Xavier seven points.
Butler’s best finish came from freshman Genevieve Pena.
Pena finished first in the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:22.09. Pena earned five points for the Bulldogs in this race, giving Butler hope for a comeback late in the meet.
Butler controlled this event, as all Butler swimmers finished in the top five.
Freshman Abby Cutler finished second, sophomores Elizabeth Miller and Maggie Wright finished third and fourth respectively, and freshman Mary Cerajewski came in fifth.
Butler also finished strong in the final event, the 200 yard freestyle relay.
The Bulldogs came in both first and second place in the relay. Coming in first was the group consisting of freshmen Audrey Gosnell and Claire Butkus and sophomores Emma Green and Abby Gibbons. Its time was 1:44.48.
The swimmers in the second group were senior Kaitie Ring, sophomore Milly Sauber, and freshmen Lexie Smith and Lindsay McDonald. Its final time was 1:50.16.
Butler’s next meet will be Nov. 22 at the House of Champions Invite at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.