Crusader Women Sweep Saturday’s Meet
Lauren Knop won two events on Saturday. (Steve Booth)
Lauren Knop won two events on Saturday. (Steve Booth)

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Valparaiso swept all three contests in a quadrangular meet held in Monmouth, Ill.  The Crusaders defeated Monmouth (Ill.) 163-87, Augustana (Ill.) 155-102, and Western Illinois 144-99 in the final tune-up for the Horizon League Championships.

The Crusaders won 10 of the 14 events on the afternoon, beginning with the opening relay.  Flavia Segatto (Pembroke Pines, Fla./Charleow Flanigan H.S.), Natalie Jarrett (Lebanon, Ind./Western Boone H.S.), Lauren Knop (Geneva, Ill./Geneva H.S.), and Ali Taubert (Bloomington, Ill./University H.S.) posted a time of 4:13.27 in the 400 medley relay, a victory by more than six seconds.

Alex Caruthers (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard H.S.) followed up the relay win with a triumph of her own in the 1000 freestyle.  The freshman posted a time of 11:22.12 to cruise to a 21-second victory.

Andrea Bretl (Wauwatosa, Wis./West H.S.) made it three-for-three for the Crusaders with her victory in the 200 freestyle.  She turned in a time of 2:05.00.  Bretl later added a win in the 500 free with a time of 5:33.25 as well as a a third place effort in the 50 freestyle with a time of 27.14 seconds.

Knop added an individual win of her own in the 100 backstroke.  She won by more than two seconds with a time of 1:04.10.

Jarrett made it five events and five Valpo victories with her win in the 100 breaststroke.  The senior touched the wall in 1:09.92, 0.46 seconds ahead of her nearest competitor.  She would add a victory in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:19.20, winning the event by more than three seconds.  Jarrett finished second later in the meet in the 200 breast with her time of 2:33.17.

Segatto followed with an event win of her own in the 200 butterfly, cruising to an 11-second victory with a time of 2:14.57.  The freshman would later add her second individual victory of the day in the 200 backstroke with a four-second triumph with a time of 2:16.29.

Justine Barnes (Rochester Hills, Mich./Adams H.S.) and Knop would finish one-two for the Crusaders in the 100 butterfly.  Barnes posted a time of 1:02.93 while Knop was just 0.02 seconds behind her teammate.

Valparaiso (5-10) will begin the four-day Horizon League Championships on Feb. 22 in Milwaukee, Wis.