The Valpo men’s swimming team finished the final day of the Summit League Championships and the 2019-20 season in style on Saturday. The Brown and Gold’s strong finish on the final day saw the team break two individual school records and one team relay record
How It Happened
- The 100 IM featured a pair of record-setting swims over the course of the day. Sophomore Derek Eidson (Ventura, Calif./Ventura) bested the previous school record in the morning prelims, posting a time of 53.20. Eidson then lowered the record again in the event finals, swimming a 53.05 to finish in eighth place.
- Senior Joe North (Germantown, Ohio/Valley View) recorded a 58.46 time in the same event to move into fifth in school history and finish 15th
- Dominic May (Naperville, Ill./Naperville Central) was the second swimmer for Valpo to break a school record on Saturday, setting his second mark in as many days. The sophomore’s time of 45.24 in the prelims lowered the program record in the event by over six-tenths of a second, and he then finished eighth overall in the event with a finals time of 45.54.
- The final record was broken in the meet’s final event, the 400 free relay. The team of Eidson, Adam Chwieros (Lake Villa, Ill./Grayslake North), Austin Scheer (Indianapolis, Ind./Bishop Chatard) and May clocked a time of 3:06.47 to place fifth overall.
- Gus Rytting (Houston, Texas/Lamar) swam a personal-best time of 2:04.58 in the prelims of the 200 breaststroke to move into second in Valpo history. Rytting placed eighth in the finals with a time of 2:05.21, while teammate Rick Renner (Chantilly, Va./Lake Baddock) finished 15th overall with a time of 2:13.08.
- Brian Daniels (Brookfield, Wis./Brookfield East) placed seventh overall in the 1650 free. His time of 16.26.08 moves him into fourth in school history. Sophomore Keenan Burgess (Charlotte, N.C./Christ The King) placed 14th overall in the same event, clocking a time of 17:10.98.
- Brett Strongman (Wolverine Lake, Mich./Walled Lake Central) moved into ninth in school history in the 200 fly with a time of 1:57.90 for a 14th-place finish. North also competed in the event, finishing 15th and stopping the clock at 2:05.00.
- Ethan Johnson (Ames, Iowa/Ames) placed 13th in the 200 back finals, swimming a 1:57.55 in the finals after posting a prelim time of 1:57.32.