The Valparaiso University swimming teams took to the Morgan J. Burke Aquatic Center on Saturday to compete against several schools around the state at the Indiana Intercollegiates meet on the campus of Purdue University. Sophomore Paige Wright (Surprise, Ariz./Paradise Honors) led Valpo with a team-best sixth-place finish in the 100-free for the women. Junior Dylan Kirar (Arvada, Colo./Ralston Valley) came in seventh place in the 200-IM, the best finish for the Crusader men.
After a strong showing this past weekend against Eastern Illinois, Valparaiso University junior Dylan Kirar (Arvada, Colo./Ralston Valley) was chosen as The Summit League Men’s Swimmer of the Week. Kirar made a big splash at the ARC on Saturday by winning two individual events against the Panthers.
The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s swimming teams fell in a close meet against Eastern Illinois in their first competition this season at the ARC. There were plenty of bright spots for the Crusaders as the men won six events and the women won three. Senior Amanda Jenny (New Albany, Ohio/New Albany) and junior Dylan Kirar (Arvada, Colo./Ralston Valley) led the way with two individual wins each. Kirar and junior classmate Bob Bretl (Wauwatosa, Wis./Marquette University H.S.) both moved up the Valpo all-time top-ten list in the 1000-free.
The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s swimming teams kicked off the 2017-18 season Sunday at the Butler Double Dual at Fishers High School. The layout of this meet scores each team against one another like a regular dual meet.
Valparaiso University director of athletics Mark LaBarbera announced today that Howard Hunte has stepped down from his role as head coach of the Valpo women’s and men’s swimming program to pursue a career opportunity coaching at a swim club in Kansas.
Director of Athletics Mark LaBarbera has announced that Valparaiso University has accepted an invitation to join the Summit League as an affiliate member in men’s tennis and men’s swimming beginning with the 2017-2018 academic and athletic year. Valparaiso was a founding member of the Summit League, then known as the Mid-Continent Conference, in 1982 and competed in the conference until 2007.
Valparaiso University junior Max Penn (Columbus, Ohio/St. Charles Prep) broke his own school record twice in the 200 backstroke Saturday, highlighting the Crusaders’ performances on the final day of the Horizon League Swimming Championships in Chicago as their 2016-17 season came to a close.