Sycamores Sweep IUPUI, Butler at IUPUI Tri-Meet

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Indiana State took down host IUPUI and Butler as the Sycamores picked up two wins to start the weekend road trip. ISU outscored host IUPUI, 168-129, while the Sycamores beat Butler, 243-49.

Indiana State was paced with seven event wins that day with Madie Rutan sweeping the 100-yard and 200-yard backstroke events to highlight their afternoon at the IU Natatorium. Emily Webb, Elle Gilkerson, Chloe Farroand Dorotea Bukvic also picked up wins that day in the Sycamores’ second action of 2022.

“We faced a bit of adversity today, losing a few key people and knocking out the first stint,” the head coach said. Josh Christensen noted. “We did a good job overall to bounce back with good runs overall. The 200 freestyle really got us on the right track and we had a solid encounter from there.”

Webb earned the ISU’s first win in the pool as the senior recorded her third straight victory in the 200-yard freestyle event dating back to the Indiana State Tri-Meet. The Edwardsville, Illinois native dropped six tenths of a second off her previous season’s best to post a time of 1:51.41 to edge Emmaleigh Zietlow of IUPUI (1:51.76).

Rutan also continued her dominant stretch in the backstroke events as the second swept the field in the 100 and 200 yard backstroke events. The Roseville, Calif. native led the field by nearly a full second in the 100-yard event with her time of 55.42 finishing ahead of IUPUI’s Lauren Thompson (56.40) in the first. test. Rutan (2:00.25) took victory in the second event by 1.64 over teammate Olivia DiRuzza (2:01.89).

Gilkerson narrowly resisted teammate Bukvic’s charge as the Sycamores swept the breaststroke events. Gilkerson won the 100-yard event with his time of 1:05.77 surpassing Bukvic’s 1:05.81. Bukvic returned the favor in the 200-yard breaststroke edging Gilkerson 2:21.75-2:24.41 as her teammates swept the top two spots.

Sarah Moreau also topped the 200-yard butterfly standings as the junior teammate touched Molly Fogarty with his time of 2:06.84.

Chloe Farro concluded the winners of the Sycamores event on the day the rookie won the 100-yard freestyle event. The Savaneta, Aruba native went 51.90 in the event to win by three tenths of a second over IUPUI’s Lilly Brandt.

Sarah Montgomery was the Sycamores’ top finisher in both diving events. The junior improved on her best scores of the season in the 1M diving event with a score of 236.33 placing her second overall, while Bailey Betzer (223.80) finished third in the event. Montgomery resumed her role atop the Sycamores in the 3M dive with her score of 225.53 placing her second in the field.

The Sycamores continue their preparations for the upcoming Missouri Valley Conference Championships (February 16-19, Iowa City, Iowa) and they’ll get a good look at one of their top rivals in tomorrow’s doubleheader against the South from Illinois.

“We have a few weeks before the conference and we have areas to improve and details to clean up,” Christensen said. “Tomorrow will be another opportunity to work on those things against a tough SIU team.”

Top ISU artists in each event
200-yard medley relay: The second place – Madie RutanDorotea Bukvic, Sarah Moreau, Alexandria Cotter (1:46.61)
1000 free yards: The second place – Colleen O’Connor (10:36.73)
200 free yards: First place – Emily Webb (1:51.41)
100 meters back: First place – Madie Rutan (55.42)
100 yard chest: First place – Elle Gilkerson (1:05.77)
200 yard flight: First place – Sarah Moreau (2:06.84)
50 free yards: The second place – Chloe Farro (23.94)
1M dive: The second place – Sarah Montgomery (236.33)
100 free yards: First place – Chloe Farro (51.90)
200 meters back: First place – Madie Rutan (2:00.25)
200 yard chest: First place – Dorotea Bukvic (2:21.75)
500 free yards: The second place – Jordan Gruce (5:03.91)
100 yard fly: Third place – Alexandria Cotter (57.48)
3M Diving: The second place – Sarah Montgomery (225.53)
200 yard IM: The second place – Carmen Alard Vegas (2:09.00)
200 yard free relay: The second place – Kaimi Matsumoto, Emily Webb, Alexandria Cotter, Chloe Farro (1:35.62)

Following

The Sycamores will be back in action tomorrow afternoon as Indiana State travels to Carbondale, Illinois to take on Southern Illinois University in a double meet. The action starts at 2 p.m. ET at the Shea Natatorium.

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