The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s swimming teams competed for the final time before the Horizon League Championships on Saturday afternoon, competing at Evansville.
The Crusader men fell 188-92 to the Purple Aces, while the Evansville women won 184-74 in the dual meet.
Three Valpo men’s swimmers combined for four event victories on Saturday, led by a pair of wins from senior Fred Jenny (New Albany, Ohio/New Albany). Jenny captured wins in both the 50 breaststroke (27.02) and the 100 breaststroke (59.25).
Junior Arman Salim (Angola, Ind./Fremont) claimed top honors in the 200 free, touching the wall in 1:47.49. Meanwhile, freshman Dylan Kirar (Arvada, Colo./Ralston Valley) continued a strong rookie season in the distance events, winning the 1000 free with a time of 10:09.72.
On the women’s side, junior Rachel Law (Wayne, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) won both the 500 free (5:24.87) and the 1000 free (11:06.83), while fellow Crusader Betsy Pogue (Corpus Christi, Texas/Flour Bluff) finished as the runner-up in the latter event. Junior Emily Trimpe (New Palestine, Ind./New Palestine) claimed second place in the 50 and 100 breaststroke races, while sophomore Amanda Jenny (New Albany, Ohio/New Albany) placed second in the 200 free.
Valparaiso will now train over the next three-plus weeks, aiming towards peaking at the 2016 Horizon League Championships. The four-day league championship meet kicks off Wednesday, Feb. 24 from Rochester, Mich.