Three relay swims over the first two days of the MAC Championships in Carbondale, Ill. have resulted in three program-record times for the Valpo men’s swimming team, as the Beacons set a new standard in the 200 free relay on Thursday evening.
How It Happened
- The quartet of Dominic May (Naperville, Ill./Naperville Central), Ian Jaegers (Los Alamos, N.M./Los Alamos), Billy Bennett (Libertyville, Ill./Libertyville) and Derek Eidson (Ventura, Calif./Ventura) combined to come home in 1:23.39 in the 200 free relay on Thursday evening. The time edged out by .12 of a second the previous program record in the event, set just last season.
- In individual action in Thursday’s prelims, Valpo’s performance in the 200 IM stood out. Andrew Berzai (South Bend, Ind./Mishawaka Marian) moved into third in program history in the event with a time of 1:55.04, while Ethan Welker (Clear Spring, Md./Saint James School) bettered his PR in the event, which ranks sixth all-time at Valpo.
- May missed out by just .01 of a second on advancing to the finals in the 50 free, touching the wall in 20.69 in his prelim swim. Tied for the first alternate slot, May took part in a swim-off and posted a swim of 20.57, just seven one-hundredths off his own school record in the event.
- Alex Koetter (Cincinnati, Ohio/Moeller) posted Valpo’s top prelim time in the 500 free, finishing his swim in 4:51.43.
Valpo continues action at the MAC Championships with the third of four days of competition on Friday. Prelims kick off at 10:30 a.m. Friday morning, with finals competition starting at 6:30 p.m.