Ball State women’s swim and dive lost the first of two back-to-back home meets Nov. 5 against the Bowling Green State Falcons. The Cardinals also were searching for their first win of the season as they dropped their first meet against Akron 208-89.

The butterfly seemed to be the stroke of the night for the Cardinals as they took the top three spots in both the 100-meter and 200-meter events. Freshman Sophia Bader and senior Katie Horn finished first and second, respectively, in both events while junior Andrea Richter took third in the 100-meter and sophomore Maryn Meldrum took third in the 200 meter.

“Winning those two heats tonight was definitely a mental boost going into the rest of the season, going into tomorrow and when I do butterfly in the future,” Bader said. “It’s another way to think positive about the season. I was really excited about my swims tonight.”

These double one, two, three sweeps were the main highlight of the Cardinals' night and the team looks to play off of the success going into future competition.

“That definitely shows our strength right now and that was a really big momentum booster,” head coach Kristy Patterson said. “The team can really play off of the success in that event and our depth overall.”

Junior Amanda Kedzierski also had a first place finish in the 200-meter breaststroke. In the end, the Cardinals dropped the meet 170-130. Patterson said the best thing the team can do to prepare for the next meet is to be well rested.

“We definitely need to recover,” Patterson said. “Hopefully, they can get some sleep tonight and basically trying to get their bodies to recover and ready to go tomorrow.”

The Cardinals will return to Lewellen at 1 pm. Nov. 6 against Tiffin.