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Pair of Program Records Highlight Calvin Invite For Crusader Men
Gonzalo Castro Diaz set a new record in the 400 individual medley. (Kevin Fedde)
Gonzalo Castro Diaz set a new record in the 400 individual medley. (Kevin Fedde)

Friday, November 30, 2012

The Valparaiso men’s swimming team has set a pair of program records through the first two days of the Calvin Winter Invitational in Grand Rapids, Mich. and enters the final day of action in sixth place.

The Crusaders have tallied 130 points through two days of action to sit in sixth place.  Grand Valley State leads the team standings with 487 points.

Freshmen Gonzalo Castro Diaz (Mexico City, Mexico) and Frederick Jenny (New Albany, Ohio/New Albany) have both already set new program records at this weekend’s meet.  Castro Diaz set a new mark in the 200 butterfly with a time of 4:08.74 in the 400 individual medley, good for a fourth-place finish.  Meanwhile, Jenny posted a new record of 57.23 seconds in prelims to qualify for the finals in the 100 breaststroke, where he eventually finished in sixth place.

Both rookies also cracked Valpo’s top-ten in another event as well through the first two days of action.  Castro Diaz narrowly missed qualifying for the finals in the 200 butterfly, but swam to a ninth-place finish in the consolation final with a time of 1:56.78, fifth-fastest all-time at Valpo.  Jenny moved into ninth place in Crusader history in the 400 individual medley, swimming as an exhibition swimmer in the prelims and touching the wall in 4:20.65.

Another individual cracked the Crusaders’ all-time chart individually on Friday, as sophomore Matt King (Clinton, Ill./Clinton) moved into sixth place in Valpo history in the 100 backstroke with a time of 53.88 seconds in the bonus final, good for a 17th place finish.  Senior Guillermo Aguilar (San Salvador, El Salvador/Colegio Internacional de San Salvador [Cal State Northridge]) earned a spot in the consolation finals of the 200 butterfly with a prelim time of 1:59.45, narrowly missing a chance to move up Valpo’s chart in the event and eventually finishing 14th in the consolation finals.

Sophomore Kyle Braun (McHenry, Ill./West) earned a spot in the consolation finals of the 50 free with a prelim time of 21.99 seconds, eventually finishing in 14th place, while freshman Atolo Tuinukuafe (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) finished 16th in the 100 breaststroke after qualifying for the consolation final with a time of 1:01.11 in the prelims.  Braun was also Valpo’s top swimmer in the 200 free with a prelim time of 1:49.86, while freshman Cody Jones (Wheatfield, Ind./Kankakee Valley) led the Crusaders in the 1650 free with a time of 18:18.22.

Two of the Crusader relays have already cracked Valpo’s all-time top-three in their respective events.  The 400 medley squad of King, Jenny, Castro Diaz and Braun touched the wall in 3:29.66, second-fastest in program history and good for a sixth-place finish.  Meanwhile, Thursday evening saw the team of Jenny, Castro Diaz, Braun and sophomore Fernando Aguilar (San Salvador, El Salvador/Colegio Internacional de San Salvador) place sixth in the 800 free relay with a time of 7:06.03, third-fastest in Crusader history.

Valparaiso concludes the three-day Calvin Winter Invitational on Saturday.

W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland 4 8 inn.
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Tennis Cleveland State 5 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20 12th/15 (314)
Baseball Kalamazoo 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. #21/21 Notre Dame
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Indiana (resumption of suspended game)
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo