Valparaiso University director of athletics Mark LaBarbera announced today that Miriam Wagner has stepped down from her role as head coach of the Valpo women’s and men’s swimming program.
The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s swimming teams were named Scholar All-America Teams by the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association (CSCAA), as announced by the organization today.
For the second straight season, Valparaiso University men’s swimming senior Robbie Bretl (Wauwatosa, Wis./Marquette University H.S.) has been named to the Summit League Academic All-League Team. Bretl is one of just two members of the men’s swimming Academic All-League Team to repeat from last year’s squad, and earned his third consecutive Academic All-League award, dating back to the team’s time in the Horizon League.
The final day of championship swimming came to a close today for the Valparaiso University swim teams as the 2018-2019 season concluded. The final day of competition saw more swimmers enter their names into the top 10 in program history, highlighted by freshman Isabel Jenny (New Albany, Ohio/New Albany) setting her second program record in as many days to lead the Valpo women at the Missouri Valley Conference Championships. Meanwhile, freshman Dominic May (Naperville, Ill./Naperville Central) moved himself into second place all-time in the 100 freestyle and Valpo had a relay nearly set a new program record as well as the men finished competition at the Summit League Championships presented by U.S. Air Force Special Operations.
The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s swimming teams each had a record-setting swim lead the way in day three of conference championship competition on Friday. The men’s team performance at the Summit League Championships presented by U.S. Air Force Special Operations was led by a school-record time in the 200 free from freshman Dominic May (Naperville, Ill./Naperville Central). Not to be outdone, on the women’s side at the Missouri Valley Conference Championships, fellow freshman Isabel Jenny (New Albany, Ohio/New Albany) lowered the program record in the 100 backstroke for the third time this season.
The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s swimming teams continued to impress at their respective conference championships Thursday with more performances that rank among the best in program history. On the men’s side, senior Dylan Kirar (Arvada, Colo./Ralston Valley) led the way with a sixth-place finish in the 500 freestyle at the Summit League Championships presented by U.S. Air Force Special Operations. For the Valpo women, freshman Isabel Jenny (New Albany, Ohio/New Albany) set a new personal best in the 200 IM which moved her into third place all-time at Valpo to lead the way at the MVC Championships.
The Valparaiso University swimming teams opened their respective conference championship meets Wednesday with strong performances. The Valpo men kicked off the Summit League Championships in Sioux Falls, S.D. with a school-record swim in the 800 free relay, while the women’s team started off the MVC Championships in Columbia, Mo. with a pair of performances that entered into the program’s record books.
Sunday morning saw the Valparaiso University men’s and women’s swimming teams competing in the Butler Invitational, their last tune up before league championships begin in February. The women finished in 10th position, while the men finished in eighth place as a number of swimmers posted season-best times on the second day of back-to-back competitions.
Saturday afternoon, the Valparaiso University men’s and women’s swimming teams took on Eastern Illinois in their final dual meet of the 2018-19 season. The women fell by a score of 191-67, while the men fell by a score of 170-92 despite strong performances by junior Erica Martins (Hartland, Wis./Lake County Lutheran) on the women’s side and freshman Billy Bennett (Libertyville, Ill./Libertyville) and senior Dylan Kirar (Arvada, Colo./Ralston Valley) for the men.