Valpo Swimming Competes Against Saginaw Valley State Saturday
Saturday, November 11, 2017
Valpo Swimming Competes Against Saginaw Valley State Saturday

The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s swimming teams fell to the visiting Cardinals Saturday afternoon at the ARC after competing in a dual meet on the road less than 24 hours prior. Sophomore Harrison Jenny (New Albany, Ohio/New Albany) highlighted the competition for the Crusaders with a win in the 100-freestyle.

Both the women and men started the day off with second-place finishes in the 200-medley relay. For the women, sophomore classmates Paige Wright (Surprise, Ariz./Paradise Honors), Emily Baumgartner (Fishers, Ind./Fishers), Erica Martins (Hartland, Wis./Lake County Lutheran), and senior Amanda Jenny (New Albany, Ohio/New Albany) totaled a time of 1:55.26.

For the men in the 200-medley relay, seniors Grant Girten (Blue Ash, Ohio/Sycamore) and Max Penn (Columbus, Ohio/St. Charles Prep.), along with sophomore Dylan Ogle (Simpsonville, S.C./Mauldin) and junior Mac Sognadares (Reston, Va./South Lakes) teamed up for a time of 1:41.74.

Senior Vinnie Zaia (Canton, Mich./Salem) was the top Valpo performer for the women in the 100-free, coming in third-place with a time of 11:31.59. Junior Dylan Kirar (Arvada, Colo./Ralston Valley) made his way into second, posting a time of 10:07.53.

Both Amanda Jenny and Sogandares wound up in second-place in the 200-free for the Crusaders. Jenny had a time of 2:03.09 for the women, while for the men, Sogandares recorded a time of 1:48.81.

In the 100-back, Wright found the wall in second-place with a time just over a minute in 1:00.07. On the men’s side, Harrison Jenny came in fourth when the clock stopped at 58.18.

Another couple of runner-up finishes for the Crusaders came in the 100-breast when Baumgartner was timed at 1:13.54 for the women. Sophomore Adrian Acero (Bogotá, Colombia/Agustiniano Salitre) went a 1:04.14 in the same race for the men.

Recording a time of 2:23.72 in the 200-fly was Martins, who had the top time for the Valpo women, while Ogle was also fourth and had the best time for the men, going 2:09.38.

Sophomore Danielle Richardson (Valparaiso, Ind./Chesterton) was the fastest Crusader in the women’s 50-free, posting a time of 27.57, which was good for fourth. On the men’s side, sophomore Austin Scheer (Indianapolis, Ind./Bishop Chatard) clocked in a 23.41 that put him third overall.

The 100-free saw Wright finish in second-place with a time of 55.65 for the women. Harrison Jenny captured his victory by touching the wall before anyone else in a time of 48.97.

In the 200-back, sophomore Tara Lawson (Mundelein, Ill./Mundelein) registered a time of 2:15.76 that placed her in second. Girten was the top finisher for the Valpo men in fourth, coming in at 2:06.65.

Baumgartner captured another second-place spot when she stopped the waves at 2:40.71 in the 200-breast. In the same race, Sogandares also took second again with a time of 2:20.15 for the men.

Both Amanda Jenny, for the women, and junior Bob Bretl (Wauwatosa, Wis./Marquette University H.S.) for the men, held on for third-place finishes in the 500-free. Jenny went 5:36.16, while Bretl was timed at 5:03.20.

The 100-fly saw Martins seize a third-place finish with a time of 1:03.63 for the Valpo women. The men’s side saw Penn race his way in for fourth, going 58.15.

Lawson came in the fourth spot in the 400-IM. Her time was recorded at 5:01.51. Kirar, for the men, made his way up to second by greeting the wall in 4:18.55.

Both the women’s and men’s 200-free relays posted second-place finishes to end the meet. Wright, Martins, freshman Megan Lugar (Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern), and Amanda Jenny combined for a time of 1:44.09. The male foursome of Sogandares, sophomore Spenser Shaffer (LaPorte, Ind./LaPorte), Penn and Harrison Jenny collected a total time of 1:30.35.

The Crusader swimmers will have a few weeks off before taking a trip up to Kenosha, Wis. for the Carthage Classic at Carthage College from Nov. 30 – Dec. 2.