Valpo Falls in Dual Meet at Eastern Illinois
Adam Jajtner was a double winner on Saturday. (Ray Acevedo)

Valpo Falls in Dual Meet at Eastern Illinois
Saturday, January 31, 2009

Valparaiso won six events for the second straight day on Saturday afternoon, but was unable to break through with a victory as the Crusaders dropped a 177.5-101.5 meet against Eastern Illinois finishing their weekend road trip in Charleston, Ill.

Adam Jajtner (Port Washington, Wis./Port Washington H.S.) led the way for the Brown and Gold’s swimmers, winning a pair of events.  The senior started his day cruising to a 25-second victory in the 500 freestyle with a time of 10:14.82, a season’s best mark by more than six seconds.  He then doubled up the victories with a triumph in the 500 free, turning in a time of 4:57.28.

Diver Kurtis Malone (Pekin, Ill./Pekin H.S.) also won a pair of events on Saturday for the Crusaders.  Malone posted a pair of season high scores on the afternoon.  He began the day scoring 247.60 points on the one-meter board, and followed that up with a 209.61 mark on the three-meter.

David Sivak (Hobart, Ind./Hobart H.S.) added a win for Valpo in the 200 freestyle by nearly two and a half seconds, touching the wall in 1:45.25.

The other Valpo victory came from Victor Sikorski (Valparaiso, Ind./Wheeler H.S.) in the 50 free as the freshman outtouched the Panthers by 0.10 seconds to win in 22.00 seconds.

Austin Hunter (La Crescent, Minn./La Crescent H.S.) earned a runner-up finish for the Crusaders in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:04.15.

Valparaiso (0-9) will wrap up the home portion of its 2008-2009 schedule on Friday afternoon, hosting Cleveland State at the Athletics-Recreation Center pool.  The first event begins at 1 p.m.