Flames Get Past Crusaders
Flavia Segatto earned a convincing first-place finish in the 200 yard butterfly Saturday versus UIC.

Flames Get Past Crusaders
Saturday, January 18, 2014

Less than 24 hours after Valpo met the Phoenix in Green Bay, the Crusaders dropped a dual meet to UIC in Chicago. The men's team suffered a 160-69 defeat while the women's team came up short by a 145-81 score. 

Flavia Segatto (Pembroke Pines, Fla./Charleow Flanigan) claimed an individual win in the 200 yard butterfly with a 2:16.04 result. The junior bested UIC's Devon O'Neil by more than five seconds in the finals. 

Emily Trimpe (New Palestine, Ind./New Palestine) also secured a victory Saturday. Trimpe won the 200 yard breaststroke (2:41.56) after turning in a strong second-place finish in the 100 yard freestyle (58.94). The freshman edged out fellow freshman teammate Allie Berry (Brighton, Mich./Brighton) by fewer than two-tenths of a second (59.12). 

Sophomore Ciara Lightner (Dixon, Ill./Dixon) was less than a second after UIC's Katherine Hare in the 200 yard backstroke. Lightner was awarded three points for her third-place finish.

Andrea Bretl (Wauwatosa, Wis./West) turned in a similar third-place time in the 500 yard freestyle. Bretl earned three points for her 5:29.40 time. 

The Flames swept the diving competitions.

On the men's side, Gonzalo Castro Diaz (Mexico City, Mexico) gave the Brown and Gold a pair of formidable second place turnouts. The sophomore received four points for his 4:16.68 performance in the 400 yard IM before doing the same in the 200 yard butterfly. Castro Diaz hit the wall at 1:58.68, just ahead of UIC's Ramiro Almaraz (1:58.77). 

Brian Wasicak (Des Plaines, Ill./Maine West) garnered three points for clocking a third-place 17:29.58 time in the 1650 yard freestyle.

Frederick Jenny (New Albany, Ohio/New Albany) and Alec Domjan (Jackson, Mo./Notre Dame Regional) combined to get three points in the 200 yard freestyle.

Jenny later recorded a three-point, third-place finish in the 500 yard freestyle thanks to a 5:02.60 time. 

Tate Wegehaupt (Tigard, Ore./Tigard) registered an individual victory in the 200 yard breaststroke. The senior clinched nine team points for his 2:08.97 time. Atolo Tuinukuafe (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) turned in a 2:24.02 result, which gave him four points. Wasicak rounded out the podium finish for the Crusaders with a 2:26.55 time.

Both 400 yard freestyle relay teams were awarded first place. The women's squad of Lightner, Berry, Lauren Knop (Geneva, Ill./Geneva), and Bretl stopped the clock at 3:57.30 which equaled 11 points.

Domjan, Trent Chamness (Elkhart, Ind./Concord), William Mathe (Wauconda, Ill./Carmel), and Zach Christenson (Noblesville, Ind./Noblesville) matched the women's outcome with a 3:19.62 time.

Valpo will conclude its regular season on Saturday, Feb. 8th at the ARC when the team celebrates Senior Day. The dual meet is slated to begin at 2:00 pm.