Swimming Posts Strong Finish to A3 Performance Invitational
Saturday, November 11, 2023
Swimming Posts Strong Finish to A3 Performance Invitational
Matthew Mantz moved into seventh in program history in the 200 fly Saturday.

The Valpo men’s and women’s swimming teams combined for six top-10 individual finishes and had five swims crack the program’s top-10 all-time charts on Saturday as the Beacons closed out the three-day A3 Performance Invitational in Carbondale, Ill.

How It Happened

  • The day’s highlight came in the men’s 200 fly, as three Beacons posted top-10 finishes. Sophomore Anthony Martin (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) led the way with a sixth-place finish in 1:52.89, while fellow sophomore Tim Mai (St. Johns, Fla./Creekside) came home right behind Martin in seventh place in 1:53.35 — both narrowly missing their own PRs which already ranked among the program’s all-time best.
  • Rounding out the 200 fly trio was sophomore Matthew Mantz (Spokane, Wash./Mead), who touched the wall 10th with a time of 1:55.34. Mantz’s Saturday morning prelim swim in the event went in 1:54.42, good for seventh-fastest in program history.
  • Sophomore Jackson Oostman (Aurora, Ill./Marmion Academy) moved up to third-fastest in program history in the 200 back with a time of 1:53.47, good for a 10th-place finish.
  • Junior Andrew Berzai (South Bend, Ind./Mishawaka Marian) placed eighth in the 200 breast with a time of 2:07.55, while sophomore Ricky Helmboldt (Tucson, Ariz./Arizona Connections Academy) covered the 1650 free in 16:34.57 to finish in ninth position.
  • On the women’s side, freshman Kailyn Benoit (Sussex, Wis./Hamilton) moved up to third all-time at Valpo in the 200 fly with a time of 2:09.57, placing ninth in the event.
  • Freshman Sophie Schoch (Medina, Ohio/Medina) now sits eighth in program history in the 200 back, touching the wall Saturday in 2:10.92
  • Schoch also saw the third leg of Valpo’s 400 free relay, joining Sara Strauss (Spring Lake, Mich./Spring Lake), Avery Ball (Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley) and Haley Hume (Ballwin, Mo./Marquette) to cover the distance in 3:36.71, good for a fourth-place finish and the seventh-fastest time in the event all-time at Valpo.

Next Up

Valpo closes out fall semester action with a home meet at the Valparaiso Aquatic Center on Dec. 1. The men will take on Lewis in a dual meet, while the women compete in a tri-meet against Lewis and Butler.