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Three More Men's Records Fall at Horizon League Championships
Austin Hillmer was a member of the record-setting 400 medley relay. (Ray Acevedo)
Austin Hillmer was a member of the record-setting 400 medley relay. (Ray Acevedo)

Thursday, February 26, 2009

After setting a school record in three events on the opening night of competition, Valparaiso returned to the water on Thursday to break three more school marks at the Horizon League Swimming and Diving Championships held in Brown Deer, Wis.

Adam Jajtner (Port Washington, Wis./Port Washington H.S.) broke his second individual record of the championships with an 11th place finish in the 500 freestyle, touching the wall in 4:38.19.  He shattered his own previous school mark of 4:44.52 set in 207 by more than six seconds.  The senior set a school mark in the 1,000 freestyle on Wednesday night as well.

Blake Edwards (Orange, Calif./Lutheran H.S. of Orange County), turned in the third fastest time ever in the 500 free as well with a mark of 4:47.92 while Trevor Trimpe (Connersville, Ind./Connersville H.S.) moved into fourth all-time with his time of 4:49.35.

The Crusaders also set their third relay record of the event, doing so in the 400 medley relay on Thursday.  The team of Austin Hunter (La Crescent, Minn./La Crescent H.S.), David Sivak (Hobart, Ind./Hobart H.S.), Ansel Hillmer (Tampa, Fla./Hillsborough H.S.), and Victor Sikorski (Valparaiso, Ind./Wheeler H.S.) touched the wall in 3:29.12 to place sixth, and better the 2006 school mark of 3:31.25 by more than two second.

Sivak broke the school's 200 individual medley mark in the afternoon, posting a time of 1:53.35 while swimming a time trial.  He bettered Dave Peterson's 2006 mark of 1:55.43 by more than two seconds.

Sikorski and Sivak also moved themselves into the top-three all-time in the 50 freestyle on the night.  Sikorski moves into second place after finishing 21th overall with a time of 20.80 seconds.  He even bettered that mark in preliminary heats earlier in the day with a time of 20.77 seconds.  Sivak moved into third on the Valpo charts with his time of 21.10 seconds as well.

Kyle Verage (Hubertus, Wis./Marquette H.S.) was Valpo’s lone competitor in the 200 individual medley on the night, turning in a time of 2:05.65 while Kurtis Malone (Pekin, Ill./Pekin H.S.) placed 12th on the one-meter diving board with a score of 202.75 points.

As a team, Valpo sits in sixth place halfway through the four day meet with 97 total points.  UIC leads the way with 297 points followed by Cleveland State (258).  Wright State (243), Milwaukee (225), and Green Bay (219) are third, fourth, and fifth respectively.

Valparaiso will dive back into the water for day three of competition on Friday morning as preliminary heats begin at 10:30 a.m.   Finals are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in the evening.

W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
Softball Cleveland State 6 8 inn.
Apr 13 Valpo 7
W Tennis Valpo 1 Rochester, Mich.
Apr 13 Oakland 6
M Tennis Valpo 1 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 13 #12 Notre Dame 6
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. Notre Dame
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
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
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
W 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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M 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