Eastern Illinois Defeats Valpo Swimmers
Stephanie Ferschl earned a pair of runner-up finishes. (Ray Acevedo)

Eastern Illinois Defeats Valpo Swimmers
Saturday, January 31, 2009

Valparaiso wrapped up its weekend road trip on Saturday afternoon, dropping a 213-70 dual meet to Eastern Illinois in Charleston, Ill.

The Panthers won 15 of the 16 events on the afternoon, with Amy Andracki (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect H.S.) breaking through into the win column for the Brown and Gold.  The sophomore won the 100 breaststroke, outtouching Eastern Illinois by just 0.03 seconds to touch the wall in 1:09.38.  Andracki also earned a runner-up finish in the 200 breast with a time of 2:35.33.

Stephanie Ferschl (Mukwonago, Wis./Mukwonago H.S.) added a pair of second place finishes for the Crusaders in the distance events.  She finished runner-up in the 1000 freestyle with a time of 11:09.74 while posting a second place finish in the 500 free in 5:31.64.  The sophomore also turned in the third fastest 400 individual medley time, finishing in 4:56.10.

Valpo’s other second place finish on the afternoon came from Rachel Majercik (Schaumburg, Ill./Conant H.S.).  She earned the honor in the 100 butterfly, touching the wall in 1:01.33.  Majercik also finished third in the 50 freestyle with her time of 25.39 seconds.

Laura Rickey (Monmouth, Ill./Monmouth-Roseville H.S.) finished  third in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:03.05 while Jaclyn Krause (Rochester, Mich./Notre Dame Prep H.S.) earned the same finish in the 100 free with a time of 56.15 seconds.  Shaunna Dangremond (Tucson, Ariz./Sabino H.S.) added a third place finish in the 200 backstroke, touching the wall in 2:17.86. 

Valparaiso (1-9) will wrap up the home schedule on Friday afternoon, as the Crusaders entertain ClevelandState at the Athletics-Recreation Center pool beginning at 1 p.m.