The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s swimming teams traveled to Terre Haute, Ind. to take place in a dual meet against the Engineers of Rose-Hulman Thursday evening. Valpo’s women’s team swam to a head-to-head victory 137-134, while the men’s team fell 192-99.
The Crusaders’ women’s team was led by a handful of first-place finishes, highlighted by three individual wins by Rachel Law (Wayne, Pa./Villa Maria Academy). The junior took first place in the 1000 yard freestyle (11:13.07), 100 yard butterfly (1:04.15), and in the 400 yard IM (4:56.50).
Law’s trio of first-place finishes led eight total individual wins for the Crusaders. Emily Trimpe (New Palestine, Ind./New Palestine) took home two first-place finishes in the 100 yard breaststroke (1:10.98) and in the 200 yard breaststroke (2:32.35). Paiton Krebs (Sarasota, Fla./Cardinal Mooney) brought in another 18 points individually with two event wins, touching the wall first in the 200 yard butterfly (2:22.45) and in the 500 yard freestyle (5:28.89), while Amanda Jenny (New Albany, Ohio/New Albany) added a win in the 200 yard freestyle (2:03.47).
The Crusader women also won both relay events Thursday night. The first victory came in the 200 medley relay, as Vincenza Zaia (Canton, Mich./Salem), Trimpe, Krebs and Jenny teamed up to win with a time of 1:56.74. Then, with the meet victory in the balance, Valpo’s 200 yard freestyle relay team of Jenny, Erin McBride (St. Louis, Mo./Webster Groves), Trimpe and Krebs touched the wall in 1:44.47, six seconds clear of Rose-Hulman’s team to clinch the dual meet victory.
On the men’s side, freshman Dylan Kirar (Arvada, Colo./Ralston Valley) scored 27 total points, winning three individual events. Kirar took first place in the 1000 yard freestyle (10:05.32), the 200 yard breaststroke (2:14.86), and the 400 yard IM (4:18.51). The freshman’s time in the 400 IM was eighth-fastest in Crusader history, while his 200 breaststroke time ranks 10th all-time at Valpo.
Joining Kirar in winning individual events on the men’s side were seniors Tim Mitchell (Lakeville, Minn./North) and Fred Jenny (New Albany, Ohio/New Albany). Mitchell earned first place in the 100 yard backstroke with a time of 55.36, while Jenny finished first in the 100 yard breaststroke with a time of 1:00.62.
Both Crusader teams will be back in action in two weeks for a three-day trip to Grand Rapids, Mich. for the Calvin Winter Invite.