Valpo Women Sweep Western Illinois and Monmouth
Laura Rickey won twice in her return to her home town. (Ray Acevedo)

Valpo Women Sweep Western Illinois and Monmouth
Saturday, February 5, 2011

Valparaiso’s women’s swim team finished up the dual meet portion of the schedule on Saturday afternoon picking up a pair of victories in Macomb, Ill.  The Crusaders defeated host Western Illinois 154-88 and Monmouth (Ill.) 160-84.

The Crusaders won all but three events on the afternoon while earning the team victories.

The Crusaders started the day with a five second victory in the 400 medley relay.  The team of Natalie Jarrett (Lebanon, Ind./Western Boone H.S.), Amy Andracki (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect H.S.), Justine Barnes (Rochester Hills, Mich./Adams H.S.), and Brittany Bencur (Dyer, Ind./Lake Central H.S.) posted a time of 3:41.22.

Andrea Bretl (Wauwatosa, Wis./West H.S.) added a 33 second triumph in the 1000 freestyle, posting a time of 11:18.20 while Shaunna Dangremond (Tucson, Ariz./Sabino H.S.) posted a victory in the 50 backstroke, finishing in 28.52 seconds.  Dangremond later added a win in the 50 butterfly with her time of 27.97 seconds.

Andracki added a win in the 50 breaststroke by more than two seconds with a time of 31.44 seconds and Barnes followed with a time of 1:02.40 to win the 100 butterfly.

Laura Rickey (Monmouth, Ill./Monmouth-Roseville H.S.) added to the Valpo win total with a pair of wins in her return to her hometown.  She began with a triumph in the 50 freestyle with a time of 26.09 seconds and followed that up one event later with a time of 56.38 seconds in the 100 free for a two-second victory.

Alizabeth Taubert (Bloomington, Ill./University H.S.) added a victory in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:27.49 while Jarrett had the Crusaders’ final individual victory with a time of 2:17.34 in the 200 individual medley.

Valpo concluded the meet with one final win, this time in the 400 free relay as the team of Rickey, Dangremond, Taubert, and Bencur posted a time of 3:49.88.

Valparaiso (3-11) will head to Cleveland, Ohio in a couple of weeks for the Horizon League Championships which will be held February 23-26.