The Illinois State University Redbirds swimming and diving team defeated the Butler Bulldogs in the first meet of the season Saturday. The win is the first career win for head coach Caitlin Hamilton, who is in her first year as head coach for the Redbirds.
The Redbirds dominated the meet, with individual wins in 12 of 16 events. Five ISU athletes won two individual events.
Sophomore Julia Oostman captured individual titles in the 1000-yard freestyle (10:49.36) and the 500-yard freestyle (5:17.72). Senior Katie Tillotson won the 200-yard freestyle (1:57.55) and the 100-yard freestyle (54.37). Senior Jensen Keck won the 100-yard backstroke (1:06.48) and the 200-yard breaststroke (2:26.17). Senior Kierston Farley-Sepe took home wins in the 200-yard butterfly (2:05.32) and the 200-yard IM (2:10.86). Finally, junior Caroline Lecoeur was victorious in the 1-meter diving (281.18) and the 3-meter diving (298.58). Both of Lecoeur’s dives qualify for the NCAA Diving Zones.
The Redbirds showed their team depth placing nine other athletes, including five freshmen, in the top three of their respective events.
"I'm proud of the team for stepping up and getting the win today," Hamilton told goredbirds.com. "After a few weeks of tough training, it's great to see things start to come together. We have a few days to fine-tune races before heading to Champaign."
The Redbirds will be back in action Oct. 17 in Champaign in a double duel against the University of Illinois and Southern Illinois University.