Men’s Swimming Opens MAC Championships Wednesday
Wednesday, March 1, 2023
Men’s Swimming Opens MAC Championships Wednesday
Jackson Oostman moved into third in program history in the 100 IM Wednesday.

The Valpo men’s swimming team kicked off the Mid-American Conference Championships on Wednesday from Oxford, Ohio. On the first of four days of competition, the Beacons had a relay crack the program’s top-10 all-time in the event, while a number of individuals had time trial swims that ranked among the program’s all-time best as well.

How It Happened

  • An all-underclassman quartet of freshman Jackson Oostman (Aurora, Ill./Marmion Academy), freshman Anthony Martin (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett), sophomore Andrew Berzai (South Bend, Ind./Mishawaka Marian) and freshman Tim Mai (St. Johns, Fla./Creekside) moved into ninth in program history in the 800 free relay, touching the wall in 7:00.94.
  • Individually, the Beacons had five swimmers crack the team’s all-time top-10 in various events during time trial swims, including three of the quartet from the 800 free relay.
  • The top placement on Valpo’s all-time charts Wednesday came from Oostman, who completed a 100 IM swim in 52.66 to move up to third in program history in that event. Fellow rookie Jeremy Suarez (Romeoville, Ill./Plainfield East) had a strong swim in the 100 IM time trial as well, as he ranks sixth in program history with a time of 53.66.
  • Sophomore Brendan Stangeland (West Fargo, N.D./Sheyenne) completed his 100 breast time trial in 58.06, moving up the Beacons’ top-10 chart in that event into fifth position.
  • Martin covered his 100 free time trial in 46.77, good for seventh in program history, while Berzai now ranks ninth in program history in the 200 fly with a time of 1:56.35.
  • Valpo finished the day in seventh place in the team standings with 24 points.

Next Up

Valpo continues competition at the MAC Championships on Thursday. Prelim swims begin at 9:30 a.m. CT, while finals get underway at 5 p.m. CT.