Men’s Swimming Beats Wabash, Women Tie UIndy
Saturday, January 13, 2024
Men’s Swimming Beats Wabash, Women Tie UIndy
Emma Schmidt won the 1000 free and placed second in the 500 free Saturday.

Competing for the second time in less than 24 hours, the Valpo men’s swimming team earned a dual meet win over host Wabash Saturday afternoon, while the Beacon women swam to a tie against defending D-II national runners-up UIndy.

How It Happened

  • Swimming a double dual meet, Valpo’s men earned a 170-124 win over Wabash, while falling 156-104 to defending D-II national champion UIndy. Meanwhile, the women had a single dual against UIndy and finished in a 129-129 draw against the Greyhounds.
  • Three Beacon men earned individual event wins in Saturday’s action. Ricky Helmboldt (Tucson, Ariz./Arizona Connections Academy) took first place with a time of 10:04.07 in the 1000 free.
  • Tim Mai (St. Johns, Fla./Creekside) earned top honors in the 200 fly, touching the wall in 1:57.62, while classmate Jackson Oostman (Aurora, Ill./Marmion Academy) rounded out the trio of individual event victories with a time of 1:58.36 in the 200 IM.
  • Two Valpo men posted a pair of second-place finishes apiece. Garrett Hoppman (Midland, Texas/Midland) came home second in the 200 fly (2:00.39) and the 100 fly (52.69), while Andrew Berzai (South Bend, Ind./Mishawaka Marian) finished as runner-up in the 200 breast (2:10.33) and the 200 IM (1:59.19).
  • Dathan Wolf (Columbus, Ind./Columbus East) picked up a second-place finish in the 100 back (53.99) and Ian Muffett (Zillah, Wash./Zillah) finished second in the 100 breast (59.23).
  • On the women’s side, Valpo recorded four individual event wins, two of which came courtesy of Sophie Schoch (Medina, Ohio/Medina). Schoch’s first win came in the 200 back, where she was just .16 off her PR which ranks eighth in program history with a time of 2:11.08. She followed by touching the wall first in the 200 IM (2:16.86).
  • Schoch finished the day with three top-two finishes, as she also came home second in the 200 free (2:00.71).
  • Emma Schmidt (Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley) claimed first place in the 1000 free (11:40.26) and added a second-place finish in the 500 free (5:36.22).
  • Avery Ball (Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley) rounded out the individual winners on the women’s side with a top showing of 1:00.44 in the 100 back.
  • With every point key in the team scoring in what eventually finished as a tie, Valpo also had two women pick up two second-place finishes apiece. Roxanne Adams (Aguadilla, Puerto Rico/Homeschooled) finished as runner-up in the 100 breast (1:09.23) and the 200 breast (2:32.46), while Bri Keese (Brighton, Colo./Brighton) posted second-place finishes in the 50 free (25.39) and the 100 free (55.45).

Next Up

Valpo’s next foray into competition will be the program’s Senior Meet at the Valparaiso Aquatic Center, as the Beacons take on Bethel in a dual meet on Friday evening, Jan. 26.