Beacons Post Plethora of Top-10 Times on Final Day of A3 Performance Invitational
Saturday, November 12, 2022
Beacons Post Plethora of Top-10 Times on Final Day of A3 Performance Invitational
Sara Strauss moved into fifth in program history in the 200 breast on Saturday.

Numerous Valpo swimmers found their way into the program’s record books on Saturday as the Beacons concluded the A3 Performance Invitational in Carbondale, Ill.

How It Happened

  • The most prolific race from Valpo’s record book standpoint was easily the men’s 1650. Leading the way in that event was freshman Ricky Helmboldt (Tucson, Ariz./Arizona Connections Academy), who placed fourth with a time of 16:32.79 — sixth-fastest in program history. Helmboldt’s 1000 split was 10:05.32, a time which is good for eighth in program history in the 1000 free as well.
  • Helmboldt was one of four Valpo men to set top-10 PRs in the 1650 on Saturday. Sophomore Alex Koetter (Cincinnati, Ohio/Moeller) improved on his PR with a seventh-place finish in a time of 16:41.29, seventh-fastest in Valpo history, while freshman Cole Kennedy (Bradenton, Fla./Braden River) placed ninth, touching the wall in 16:48.45 — good for ninth in program history.
  • Freshman Eli Liebmann (Belleville, Ill./Belleville West) rounded out the quartet of record-book placements with a 10th-place finish in 16:51.31 to move into 10th all-time at Valpo in the mile. While he didn’t improve on his PR, senior Brian Daniels (Brookfield, Wis./Brookfield East) had a strong swim as well to place eighth with a time of 16:47.63
  • The women’s 1650 also featured a time which cracked Valpo’s top-10, as freshman Emma Schmidt (Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley) moved into ninth in program history in the event with a time of 18:12.69, good for a seventh-place finish.
  • Two Beacons moved among Valpo’s all-time best in the men’s 200 fly as well. Freshman Tim Mai (St. Johns, Fla./Creekside) closed out his strong meet as he touched the wall in 1:53.25 to finish in ninth place with the third-fastest time in program history. Meanwhile, fellow rookie Anthony Martin (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) moved into 10th all-time at Valpo with a time of 1:56.59.
  • Freshman Jackson Oostman (Aurora, Ill./Marmion Academy) improved on his PR in the 200 back, as he sits fifth in program history after finishing ninth on Saturday with a time of 1:55.18.
  • On the women’s side, sophomore Sara Strauss (Spring Lake, Mich./Spring Lake) moved into fifth in program history in the 200 breast, coming home in 2:26.57 in the ‘B’ final. Sophomore Bridget Pollard (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield South) placed 10th in the 200 fly, completing the race in 2:12.46 – sixth-fastest in program history.
  • The men’s 400 free relay missed out on a spot among Valpo’s all-time top-10 by just two hundredths of a second, as the Beacon quartet came home in 3:11.14. Oostman’s 100 leadoff leg of 47.39 was just one hundredth of a second off of cracking Valpo’s 100 free top-10.
  • Senior Sophie Morelock (Milan, Mich./Milan) placed ninth on the women’s side in the 200 back with a time of 2:09.60, while sophomore Andrew Berzai (South Bend, Ind./Mishawaka Marian) earned a 10th-place finish in the men’s 200 breast with a time of 2:07.81.

Next Up

Valpo competes for the final time this semester as the Beacons host Butler and Lewis in a tri-meet at the Valparaiso Aquatic Center on Friday, Dec. 2 starting at 5 p.m.