Valpo Women Close Regular Season Sweeping IUPUI and Butler
Rachel Majercik won four events on Sunday. (Ray Acevedo)

Valpo Women Close Regular Season Sweeping IUPUI and Butler
Sunday, February 8, 2009

The Valparaiso University women’s swimming and diving team closed out the 2008-2009 regular season on Sunday afternoon, sweeping a double dual meet in Indianapolis, Ind.  The Crusaders downed IUPUI 166-103 while defeating Butler 188-62.

The day started strong for the Brown and Gold with a six-second victory in the 200 medley relay, the first of 12 wins for the Crusaders on the afternoon.  Shaunna Dangremond (Tucson, Ariz./Sabino H.S.), Amy Andracki (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect H.S.), Rachel Majercik (Schaumburg, Ill./Conant H.S.), and Laura Rickey (Monmouth, Ill./Monmouth-Roseville H.S.) touched the wall in 1:54.66.

Dangremond added two individual event beginning in the 50 backstroke with a time of 29.92 seconds, outtouching Butler by 0.17 seconds, while also winning the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:15.90, another 0.18 second win.

Andracki won by nearly a second in the 50 breaststroke with a time of 32.14 seconds.  She also cruised to a seven-second win in the 200 breast with a time of 2:34.28.

Majercik posted a triumph in the 200 butterfly finishing in a time of 2:15.54 while Becky Crabtree (Mason, Ohio/Mason H.S.) went one-two in the 50 free with times of 25.37 and 26.35 seconds respectively.  Majercik also won the 100 free by more than two seconds over Rickey in another one-two Valpo finish with a time of 54.43 seconds.  Rickey turned in a time of 56.92 seconds.

Kristy Shew (Terre Haute, Ind./North Vigo H.S.) added a 41-second win in the 1000 freestyle with a time of 11:10.65, her season’s best mark by nearly nine seconds.

Rickey also had a win in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:01.26, with teammate Grace Arnold (Glendora, Calif./Glendora H.S.) finishing second 1.42 seconds behind. 

Arnold added a win of her own in the 500 free, posting a time of 5:24.75 while Stephanie Ferschl (Mukwonago, Wis./Mukwonago H.S.) was second with a time of 5:25.34.

Karen Berg (Glendale, Ariz./Deer Valley H.S.) finished second in the 50 butterfly for the Brown and Gold with a time of 28.24 seconds, just 0.13 seconds off of the pace.

The Crusaders closed the meet with another win, this one by more than 11 seconds, in the 400 freestyle relay.  The team of Shew, Majercik, Arnold, and Rickey posted a time of 3:42.27.

Valparaiso (3-10) will have two-and-a-half weeks off before returning to the pool February 25-28 at the Horizon League Championships, this year held in Milwaukee, Wis.