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Western Illinois Upends Valpo Women
Becky Crabtree won the 50 freestyle on Friday night at Western Illinois. (Ray Acevedo)
Becky Crabtree won the 50 freestyle on Friday night at Western Illinois. (Ray Acevedo)

Friday, January 30, 2009

Valparaiso began its weekend road trip on Friday evening dropping a 143.5-67.5 meet to Western Illinois in Macomb, Ill.

Becky Crabtree (Mason, Ohio/Mason H.S.) posted Valpo’s lone event victory of the evening, tying for the top honors in the 50 freestyle with a time of 25.41 seconds.

Shaunna Dangremond (Tucson, Ariz./Sabino H.S.) earned a runner-up finish in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:17.91, just a half second off of the pace.  The sophomore also finished third in the 100 backstroke, touching the wall in 1:04.13.

Kristy Shew (Terre Haute, Ind./North Vigo H.S.) also finished second for the Brown and Gold, turning in a season’s best effort of 5:26.39 in the 500 freestyle.

Amy Andracki (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect H.S.) had the day’s second fastest time in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:10.56.

Laura Rickey (Monmouth, Ill./Monmouth-Roseville H.S.), competing near her hometown, was third in the 100 free with a time of 57.05 seconds while Rachel Majercik (Schaumburg, Ill./Conant H.S.) earned the same place in the 100 butterfly with a mark of 1:01.03.  Jaclyn Krause (Rochester, Mich./Notre Dame Prep H.S.) also finished third for the Crusaders in the 200 free, turning in a time of 2:00.78, just 0.16 seconds out of second.

Valparaiso (1-8) will remain on the road on Saturday as the Crusaders head to Charleston, Ill. to compete against Eastern Illinois.  The first race begins at 2 p.m.