Men’s Swimming Closes Regular Season Against Ball State
Friday, February 3, 2023
Men’s Swimming Closes Regular Season Against Ball State
Jackson Oostman led Valpo in three events Friday, including one second-place finish.

The Valpo men’s swimming team capped off regular season competition on Friday evening at the Valparaiso Aquatic Center, facing off with Ball State in dual meet action.

How It Happened

  • Five different Beacons posted second-place finishes in individual events on Friday, all of them coming from underclassmen. Sophomore Brendan Stangeland (West Fargo, N.D./Sheyenne) came home second in the 100 breast with a time of 1:00.44, while classmate Andrew Berzai (South Bend, Ind./Mishawaka Marian) touched the wall in the 200 breast in 2:14.12 for his runner-up finish.
  • Freshman Jackson Oostman (Aurora, Ill./Marmion Academy) led Valpo in three events, one of which was his second-place finish in the 400 IM (4:18.94). Freshman Matthew Mantz (Spokane, Wash./Mead) completed the 200 fly in 1:59.84 to finish in second and fellow rookie Ricky Helmboldt (Tucson, Ariz./Arizona Connections Academy) covered the 500 free in 4:54.22 to place second.
  • Two Valpo swimmers had third-place individual finishes as well. Freshman Dathan Wolf (Columbus, Ind./Columbus East) led Valpo in the 100 back with a time of 54.58 to finish third, while freshman Anthony Martin (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) came home third in the 100 free with a time of 48.81.
  • The visiting Cardinals won the team scoring, 155-99.

Next Up

Valpo has just under a month to prepare for the Mid-American Conference Championships. The four-day conference championship meet begins Wednesday, March 1 in Oxford, Ohio.