Swimming Continues Fall Schedule at Eastern Illinois Saturday
Saturday, October 22, 2022
Swimming Continues Fall Schedule at Eastern Illinois Saturday
Andrew Berzai took top honors in the 200 breast Saturday.

The Valpo men’s and women’s swimming teams continued the fall semester slate Saturday afternoon as the Beacons competed at a tri-meet at Eastern Illinois with Bellarmine. The day was highlighted by sophomore Andrew Berzai (South Bend, Ind./Mishawaka Marian) touching the wall first in the 200 breaststroke.

How It Happened

  • Berzai earned the Beacons’ lone event victory on Saturday, taking the 200 breast on the men’s side as he touched the wall in 2:14.94.
  • On the women’s side, freshman Emma Schmidt (Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley) earned two runner-up finishes as she led Valpo in three individual events. Schmidt took second place in the 200 free (2:03.39) and the 500 free (5:22.97) and also placed third in the 1000 free (11:17.86).
  • Freshman Jackson Oostman (Aurora, Ill./Marmion Academy) claimed a second-place finish for the Valpo men, earning runner-up honors in the 200 back with a time of 1:57.71. Oostman led the Beacons in three events, touching the wall third overall in the 100 back (53.56) and the 400 IM (4:18.21).
  • Freshman Anthony Martin (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) joined Oostman as he paced Valpo in three events. His day was highlighted by a third-place showing in the 100 free (49.25), while Martin also led the Beacons in the 50 free and the 200 free.
  • Freshman Ricky Helmboldt (Tucson, Ariz./Arizona Connections Academy) posted a pair of strong swims in the distance events. Helmboldt came up less than two seconds shy of cracking Valpo’s all-time top-10 in the 1000 free, placing third with a time of 10:10.14, and the freshman also came home third in the 500 free with a time of 4:59.11.
  • Sophomore Bridget Pollard (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield) led the Valpo women in a pair of events, placing third overall in the 100 fly with a time of 1:00.70 and also recording a team-best swim in the 400 IM. Fellow sophomore Dot Chislett (Stillwater, Minn./Stillwater Area) came home third in 2:17.09 in the 200 fly.
  • Sophomore Sara Strauss (Spring Lake, Mich./Spring Lake) led Valpo on Saturday in the 100 free and the 100 breast, while senior Sophie Morelock (Milan, Mich./Milan) paced the Beacons in the 100 and 200 backs.
  • The team scoring had the Valpo men falling 158-103 to Eastern Illinois and 181-80 to Bellarmine, while the women fell 192-69 to Eastern Illinois and 159-100 to Bellarmine.

Next Up

Valpo returns to the pool for competition next weekend as the Beacons trek to Green Bay for a dual meet Saturday, Oct. 29 at 2 p.m.