David Sivak (Hobart, Ind./Hobart H.S.) advanced to the finals in a pair of events on Friday, to lead Valparaiso on the third day of the Horizon League Championships, which are taking place at the Busbey Natatorium in Cleveland, Ohio.
As a team the Crusaders remain in sixth place with 88 points while UIC leads the way with 538 points, just one-half point ahead of Milwaukee (537.5). Cleveland State (470.5) is third followed by Wright State (348), Green Bay (299), and Valpo.
Sivak started his day with the second fastest time in school history in the 100 butterfly. Sivak qualified 14th with a time of 51.44 seconds, then improved his placing in the evening finals with a time of 51.75 seconds, finishing 13th overall. The senior then added a 12th place finish in the 100 backstroke with his finals time of 52.86 seconds. Sivak qualified 13th in the event with a morning time of 52.90 seconds.
The Brown and Gold added a sixth place effort in the 800 freestyle relay. Trevor Trimpe (New Palestine, Ind./Connersville H.S.), Kevin Fedde (Fort Collins, Colo./Heritage Christian H.S.), Guillermo Aguilar (San Salvador, El Salvador/Colegio Internacional de San Salvador H.S.), and Thomas Patrick (Hartland, Wis./Arrowhead H.S.) posted a time of 7:24.59.
Russell Deghi (Sebestopol, Calif./Analy H.S.) tied for the eighth best mark all-time at Valpo in the 100 back with his preliminary time of 54.74 seconds, but failed to advance to the finals. Alex Cox (Tinley Park, Ill./Lincoln-Way North H.S.) also had a personal best in the 100 back with his time of 57.56 seconds.
Trimpe posted the school’s ninth fastest mark ever in the 100 breaststroke during qualifying with a time of 1:00.53, finishing 17th, missing the final spot in the B final by just 0.18 seconds. Travis Simmons (Angola, Ind./Angola H.S.) added a collegiate best mark of 1:02.12, finishing one spot behind Trimpe. Ryan Burling (Morris, Ill./Morris Community H.S.) and Toshko Ganzorigt (Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia/Orcholon H.S.) both added person bests in the event as well with times of 1:03.30 and 1:08.79 respectively.
Fedde added a collegiate best time of 54.71 seconds in the 100 fly, but did not qualify for the finals. Chris Rudolf (Middletown, Ohio/Bishop Fenwick H.S.) bettered his previous time by approximately 2.5 seconds in the event with a time of 55.52 seconds as did Ian Jones (Lexington, Ohio/Lexington H.S.), who posted a time of 57.50 seconds.
Patrick led the way for Valpo in the 200 freestyle with a career best mark of 1:52.49 while Steve Booth (Saint Joseph, Mich./Saint Joseph H.S.) added his personal best by three seconds in an exhibition swim in the event with his time of 1:54.30.
Alex Harris (Columbus, Ind./North H.S.) was Valpo’s lone entry in the 400 individual medley, posting a time of 4:42.14.
Valparaiso will wrap up the 2010-2011 season on Saturday on the final day of the league championships. The preliminary heats begin at 9 a.m. CST with the finals slated to commence at 4:30 p.m. CST.