The Valparaiso University swimming teams completed the three-day event in Kenosha, Wis. on Saturday. The Crusaders wound up third overall in the team standings for both men and women, while host Carthage College finished on top of both out of the 10-team fields. The third day of action saw Valpo swimmers move into the school’s all-time Top Ten list in as many days. Sophomore Tara Lawson (Mundelein, Ill./Mundelein) slid into ninth in the record books for the 400-IM, while freshman teammate Megan Lugar (Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) climbed up to seventh all-time in the 100-back. The men’s 200-medley relay recorded the tenth-best time in Crusader history.
The Valparaiso University swimming team started off the Carthage Classic in Kenosha, Wis. with a big splash as junior Dylan Kirar (Arvada, Colo./Ralston Valley) took down an eight-year-old school record on day one. Multiple swimmers and relays moved into the all-time Top Ten list for Valpo. Kirar posted another victory on day two, while teammates senior Max Penn (Columbus, Ohio/St. Charles Prep.) and junior Bob Bretl (Wauwatosa, Wis./Marquette University H.S.) added second and third-place finishes, respectively. Sophomore Tara Lawson (Mundelein, Ill./Mundelein) led the way for the Crusader women with a runner-up finish on day two.
Valparaiso University Director of Athletics Mark LaBarbera has announced the hiring of Miriam McGeath as the head coach of the Crusader men’s and women’s swim programs, effective Dec. 4.
After competing on two consecutive days last week, Valparaiso University sophomore Paige Wright has won the Missouri Valley Conference Swimmer of the Week award. Wright collected three wins and four second-place finishes over the course of a successful week in the pool.
The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s swimming teams fell to the visiting Cardinals Saturday afternoon at the ARC after competing in a dual meet on the road less than 24 hours prior. Sophomore Harrison Jenny (New Albany, Ohio/New Albany) highlighted the competition for the Crusaders with a win in the 100-freestyle.
The Valparaiso University women’s swimming team took down Rose-Hulman Saturday evening by a score of 160-122, while the men fell to the Fightin’ Engineers 201-93 in Terre Haute, Ind. The women were victorious in 11 different events, and the men won four.
The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s swimming teams fought hard on the road Saturday afternoon at Western Illinois, but succumbed to the Leathernecks and Olivet Nazarene on both the men’s and women’s sides in Macomb, Ill. Junior Dylan Kirar (Arvada, Colo./Ralston Valley) and sophomore Dylan Ogle (Simpsonville, S.C./Mauldin) highlighted the day by each capturing a second-place finish for Valpo.
The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s swimming teams competed in the Athletics-Recreation Center against Milwaukee on Friday afternoon. Competing in the squads’ second home meet of the season, the men and women both fell to the Panthers. Sophomore Paige Wright swam her way to a first-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke.
The Valparaiso University swimming teams took to the Morgan J. Burke Aquatic Center on Saturday to compete against several schools around the state at the Indiana Intercollegiates meet on the campus of Purdue University. Sophomore Paige Wright (Surprise, Ariz./Paradise Honors) led Valpo with a team-best sixth-place finish in the 100-free for the women. Junior Dylan Kirar (Arvada, Colo./Ralston Valley) came in seventh place in the 200-IM, the best finish for the Crusader men.