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Valpo Men Win Six Events but Fall Just Short at Western Illinois
David Sivak won twice for Valpo on Friday. (Ray Acevedo)
David Sivak won twice for Valpo on Friday. (Ray Acevedo)

Friday, January 30, 2009

Despite six event victories, including three by Kyle Verage (Hubertus, Wis./Marquette H.S.), Valparaiso was not quite able to upend Western Illinois on Friday evening, falling to the Leathernecks 139-99 on Friday evening in Macomb, Ill.

Verage and the Crusaders started the meet off strong, winning the 400 medley relay.  The senior teamed with Trevor Trimpe (Connersville, Ind./Connersville H.S.), Ansel Hillmer (Tampa, Fla./Hillsborough H.S.), and David Sivak (Hobart, Ind./Hobart H.S.) to turn in a time of 3:43.03, winning the event by more than a second and a half.

Verage continued his victorious evening in the 200 individual medlay, where he cruised to victory by more than two seconds.  He turned in a season’s best mark of 2:03.92 in the triumph.  He capped his perfect day in the 100 backstroke where he and Sivak went one-two in the event.  Verage touched the wall first in 55.57 seconds while his teammate was just behind him, finishing in 55.95 seconds.

Sivak also was a double winner for the Brown and Gold on the night, out-touching Western Illinois by just .08 seconds in the 200 free with a time of 1:47.17.

Victor Sikorski (Valparaiso, Ind./Wheeler H.S.) added two event wins of his own.  In the 50 free, the freshman won the sprint by more than a second with a time of 21.87 seconds.  He added another triumph in the 100 freestyle with a time of 49.40 seconds, touching the wall 0.41 seconds ahead of his nearest competitor.

In addition to being on the winning relay, Hillmer and Trimpe both posted runner-up finishes individually as well on Friday.  Hillmer finished second in the 100 butterfly with a time of 54.93 seconds while Timpe touched the wall second in the 100 breaststroke in 1:04.69.

Adam Jajtner (Port Washington, Wis./Port Washington H.S.) earned Valpo’s other second place finish, doing so in the 500 free with a time of 4:52.00.

Valparaiso (0-8) will wrap up its weekend road trip on Saturday afternoon in Charleston, Ill.  The Crusaders will dive into the water at 2 p.m. against Eastern Illinois.

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