Crusaders Close Out Calvin Invite Saturday
Saturday, December 3, 2016
Crusaders Close Out Calvin Invite Saturday

The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s swimming teams finished competition at the Calvin College Winter Invitational Saturday, with the men ending the three-day event in fifth place and the women placing seventh. Two Crusader swimmers earned top-five finishes, as senior Emily Trimpe (New Palestine, Ind./New Palestine) hit the wall at 2:25.34 in the 200-yard breaststroke for a fifth-place finish and junior Max Penn (Columbus, Ohio/St. Charles Prep) swam his way to a fourth-place finish in the 200-yard backstroke (1:52.40).

How It Happened

  • Along with Penn’s stellar performance in the 200-yard backstroke, he nearly clipped his school record in the event, missing it by just over a second.
  • Freshman Peyton Stambeck (Bartlesville, Okla./Bartlesville) had a top-ten finish in the 100-yard freestyle. The speedster hit the wall in 46.72 seconds for a seventh-place effort, fourth-best on the all-time top-10 list for Valpo.
  • Sophomore Dylan Kirar (Arvada, Colo./Ralston Valley) received the third individual top-ten mark of the day for the Crusaders. Swimming in the 500-yard freestyle, he hustled to a ninth-place spot at 4:43.02, landing in fourth position in school history in the event.
  • The relay team of sophomore Mac Sogandares (Reston, Va./South Lakes), freshman Harrison Jenny (New Albany, Ohio/New Albany), Kirar and Stambeck worked together for a ninth-place result in the 400-freestyle relay (3:12.44).
  • On the women’s side, Trimpe’s fifth-place finish was the top individual finish of the meet for the Valpo women and was less than two seconds off of her PR in the event.
  • Senior Rachel Law (Wayne, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) had the other top-ten performance on the day for Valpo. In the 500-freestyle race, she hit the wall at 5:11.57 for a ninth-place finish, moving into seventh place in program history in the event.
  • In the 400-freestyle relay event, freshman Paige Wright (Surprise, Ariz./Paradise Honor), freshman Erica Martins (Hartland, Wis./Lake County Lutheran), junior Amanda Jenny (New Albany, Ohio/New Albany) and Trimpe earned a tenth-place finish (3:39.64).

Next Up

The Crusaders take a break from competition over the holidays and resume their schedule on Saturday, Jan. 21 at Lewis University in Romeoville, Ill. First race begins at 1 p.m.