Bretl Earns Academic All-League Honor

Junior Robbie Bretl (Wauwatosa, Wis./Marquette University H.S.) was selected to The Summit League Swimming and Diving Academic All-League Team, released by the league office on Thursday.


Swimmers Conclude Conference Championships Saturday

The Valparaiso University swimming teams wrapped up their season Saturday at their respective conference championships. The men put three athletes in A-finals of the Summit League Championships in Sioux Falls, S.D., while the women had two swimmers in C-finals of the Missouri Valley Conference Championships in Iowa City, Iowa. Junior Dylan Kirar (Arvada, Colo./Ralston Valley) led the way with a fourth-place finish in the grueling mile event for the men. On the women’s side, sophomore Tara Lawson (Mundelein, Ill./Mundelein) secured the second-best time in Valpo history in the 200-back.


Multiple Valpo Swimmers Climb Program All-Time Charts Friday

The Valparaiso University swimming teams had several swimmers move up the school’s all-time top-10 lists Friday at their respective conference championships. Junior Dylan Kirar (Arvada, Colo./Ralston Valley) and sophomore Brendon Johnson (Northbrook, Ill./Glenbrook North) led the way for the men by placing in the A-finals of the 400-individual medley at the Summit League Championships in Sioux Falls, S.D. For the women, sophomore Paige Wright (Surprise, Ariz./Paradise Honors) made the C-finals in two events at the Missouri Valley Conference Championships in Iowa City, Iowa.


Kirar Breaks Record to Highlight Second Day of Swimming Conference Finals

The Valparaiso University swimming teams completed the second day of their respective conference championships, with junior Dylan Kirar (Arvada, Colo./Ralston Valley) taking down a nine-year-old school record in the 500-free. Junior classmate Mac Sogandares (Reston, Va./South Lakes) also recorded a top-10 swim at the Summit League Championships in Sioux Falls, S.D. For the women, sophomore Tara Lawson (Mundelein, Ill./Mundelein) climbed the all-time top-10 list, while the 200-free relay ranked among the program’s all-time best as well at the Missouri Valley Conference Championships in Iowa City, Iowa.


Swimming Teams Open Conference Championships Wednesday

The Valparaiso University swimming teams began their respective conference championships Wednesday evening with both meets completing two relay events. The women are at the Missouri Valley Conference Championships in Iowa City, Iowa, while the men are participating in the Summit League Championships in Sioux Falls, S.D. After the completion of the 200-medley relay and 800-free relay, the women sit in eighth, just four points behind seventh. The men are in sixth, trailing fifth by only six points. Both teams moved relays into the top-10 of the school record books.


Swimming Concludes Regular Season at Butler Invite

The Valparaiso University swimming teams finished their regular season slate Sunday against a competitive lineup of teams at the Butler Invite hosted by Butler University in Fishers, Ind. The women went up against the Bulldogs, along with Saint Louis, Southern Illinois, Xavier and Youngstown State, while the men battled Ball State, Saint Louis, Southern Illinois and Xavier.


Swimming Battles on the Road Against Eastern Illinois

The Valparaiso University swimming teams collected eight total event wins on Saturday evening at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Ill. However, the Panthers held on as the women fell by a score of 119-84, and the men were outscored 121-84.


Valpo Swimming Celebrates Senior Day Versus Lewis

The Valparaiso University swimming teams returned to the pool on Saturday after the winter break to welcome Lewis University on Senior Day.


Valpo Swimming Concludes Competition at Carthage Classic

The Valparaiso University swimming teams completed the three-day event in Kenosha, Wis. on Saturday. The Crusaders wound up third overall in the team standings for both men and women, while host Carthage College finished on top of both out of the 10-team fields. The third day of action saw Valpo swimmers move into the school’s all-time Top Ten list in as many days. Sophomore Tara Lawson (Mundelein, Ill./Mundelein) slid into ninth in the record books for the 400-IM, while freshman teammate Megan Lugar (Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) climbed up to seventh all-time in the 100-back. The men’s 200-medley relay recorded the tenth-best time in Crusader history.