Lutzen, Byars Lead Saint Louis to Weekend Sweep

Jan. 20, 2007

ST. LOUIS - Billikens Jenny Lutzen and Brad Byars each turned in top times in four events to lead the Saint Louis swimmming and diving team to six straight dual meet victories over two days in Indianapolis.

The women's squad downed Butler (94-19), IUPUI (80-32) and South Dakota State (76-37) on Friday. They turned in the best times in 10 of the 13 events contested. Meanwhile, the men's team defeated Butler 80-28, IUPUI 74-39 and South Dakota State 83-25.

On day one, Emily Oberjohn, Elena Ramirez, Lutzen and Byars grabbed two first-place finishes apiece. Ramirez had one of the best swims of the day for the women as she clocked the second fastest time in SLU history in the 100 fly (55.91). Her time was just .09 off her school record, which was established last season at the Atlantic 10 Championships.

Lutzen, Byars and Kevin Parker were the top finishers on Saturday with two wins each. However, it was Ramirez who once again swam one of the best races of the day. The sophomore logged a 2:02.65 in the 200 fly, good enough for No. 3 in the Billiken record books.

Sal Cruz also turned in a top performance as he clocked the third fastest 200 breast time (2:10.29) in school history. The men downed Butler 86-10, IUPUI 72-32 and SDSU 77-19. The women turned away Butler 91-18, IUPUI 78-26 and SDSU 67-42.

The Bills return to the pool in one week when they take on Lincoln, Lindenwood and Illinois Institute of Technology in St. Peters, Mo. at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Only two meets remain before SLU travels to Buffalo, N.Y. to take part in the A-10 Championships.


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