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Valpo Women Take to the Pool for the 2011-2012 Season
Natalie Jarrett is the lone senior on this year's squad. (Ray Acevedo)
Natalie Jarrett is the lone senior on this year's squad. (Ray Acevedo)

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Valparaiso University women’s swim team prepares to make a splash into the 2011-2012 season. The Crusaders return eight swimmers from last season’s roster and welcome eight freshmen to this year’s Brown and Gold community.

Finishing their 2010-2011 season in eighth place at the Horizon League conference championships, the Crusaders look to move up in this year’s standings. 

Natalie Jarrett leads the Brown and Gold as the team’s lone senior. Jarrett placed in the top-16 at the Horizon League championships in both the 200 individual medley and 200 backstroke. The senior ranks second all-time at Valpo in both of these events, along with third place all-time in the 100 back and eighth all-time in the 400 individual medley.

Two juniors return to the Crusaders roster. Justine Barnes ranks ninth on Valpo’s all-time record book in the 100 butterfly, after having first made the list her rookie season. She is also second in the 200 butterfly. Sarah Robertson will return in the spring semester of this season after she completes her travel studying abroad in New Zealand. Robertson will support the Brown and Gold in the breastroke and individual medley events.

Andrea Bretl returns as one of five sophomores on this year’s squad. Bretl posted the eighth fastest time ever at Valpo her rookie season in the 1000 yard freestyle. She swam her personal best in the 1650 freestyle during the same season at the Horizon League championships, placing seventh all-time in Valpo’s record book. Classmate Alizabeth Taubert holds the ninth best all-time mark in the 1000 freestyle.

Katrina Peters returns to add depth to the Crusaders roster in this season’s breastroke events. Katie Meunier and Brittany Bencur got their first taste of collegiate swimming on last year’s squad and they look to contribute even more this season in the freestyle events.

Eight true freshmen head to the Brown and Gold pool looking to make waves this season. Makenna Cannon was a Wisconsin state team qualifier and placed third at her conference championships four years in a row. She looks to add depth to the Crusaders’ squad in the breastroke and individual medley events. Teammate and four-year letterwinner Nicole Michalowski is looking to make an impact in her first year of collegiate swimming this season as well.

Laura Fowler helped to lead the Washington Metro Prep School to four championships during her time as a Falcon. She looks to support the Crusaders in the butterfly events along with newcomer Lauren Knop, who will contribute in the backstroke and freestyle events as well.

Freshman Stephanie Steiner was Ohio’s state champion in 2008 in the 200 fly and qualified for Senior State four years in a row. Flavia Segatto joins Steiner in the butterfly events for the Crusaders. While Segatto looks to make an impact in the freestyle events, Steiner will as well in the backstroke. Alexandra Caruthers qualified for Ohio districts during her four years at Hilliard Darby. Along with her fellow teammate Megan Mariani, Caruthers will compete in the freestyle events this season.

The Valpo women open this season on October 2 as they head to Indianapolis, Ind. to compete in a five team meet. The Brown and Gold are also scheduled to compete in several invitationals over the course of this season, including the Indiana Intercollegiates, Coers, and Calvin Invitationals.

The Crusaders welcome Butler and Monmouth to the Athletics-Recreation Center pool for the only home meet of the season on January 28. The Brown and Gold will finish their season at the Horizon League Championships in Milwaukee, Wis. in late February.

With a coalition of eight returnees and eight newcomers, the Crusaders look to prosper in the 2011-2012 season. The strong group of upperclassmen lead the youthful pool of swimmers in this exciting season in the Horizon League.

M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 5th/17 (20)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 9th/18 (12)
M Tennis Valpo 5 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 11 Detroit 2
Baseball Youngstown State 7 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 11 Valpo 10
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
M Soccer St. Joseph's College Eastgate Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Youngstown State 1 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 13
Softball Cleveland State 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 2
Volleyball Western Michigan/Butler/Eastern Michigan ARC
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo
Softball Cleveland State 4 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 6
Baseball Youngstown State 12 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 4
W Tennis Valpo 1 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Detroit 6
M Soccer Benedictine Brown Field
Apr 12, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Haitian National Team Brown Field
Apr 12, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
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
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19, 1:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20
Baseball Kalamazoo Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Ohio Northern Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 5:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25 Horizon League Tournament
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
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
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