Valpo Defeats Saint Mary’s on Saturday
Justine Barnes won the 100 fly on Saturday. (Ray Acevedo)

Valpo Defeats Saint Mary’s on Saturday
Saturday, November 5, 2011

Valparaiso won 10 of the 11 events on Saturday morning as the Crusaders earned their first victory of the season, a 137-66 triumph over Saint Mary’s (Ind.) in their home opener at the Athletics-Recreation Center pool.

Valpo opened the day with a seven-second win in the 400 medley relay.  Lauren Knop (Geneva, Ill./Geneva H.S.), Natalie Jerrett (Lebanon, Ind./Western Boone H.S.), Brittany Bencur (Dyer, Ind./Lake Central H.S.), and Alizabeth Taubert (Bloomington, Ill./University H.S.) posted a time of 4:17.63.

Flavia Segatto (Pembroke Pines, Fla./Charleow Flanigan H.S.) followed the relay win up with a 30-second triumph in the 1000 freestyle, touching the wall in 11:06.64.  Segatto also added a win in the 500 free with her time of 5:27.24.

Andrea Bretl (Wauwatosa, Wis./East H.S.) added a victory in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:05.61 for the Crusaders.

Knop continued the winning ways in the fourth event of the day, the 50 freestyle, and posted a time of 26.42 seconds.  Knop also won the 100 free on the afternoon by more than two seconds with a mark of 56.99 seconds.

Jarrett also posted individual event victories on the day.  Her time of 2:16.23 in the 200 individual medley gave her a four-second triumph on the field.  She also won by more than three seconds in the 100 backstroke with a mark of 1:03.26.

Justine Barnes (Rochester Hills, Mich./Adams H.S.) notched a victory in the 100 butterfly for the Brown and Gold.  The junior touched the wall in 1:03.89.

The Crusaders finished the meet with a win in the 400 freestyle relay.  The team of Taubert, Bencur, Segatto, and Bretl finished with a time of 3:55.07.

Valparaiso (1-4) will return to the water next Saturday afternoon in Cleveland, Ohio.  The Crusaders will face Cleveland State and Saint Bonaventure beginning at 12 p.m. CST.