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Crusaders Remain Sixth Midway Through Horizon League Championships
Rachel Majercik finished third in the 50 freestyle.
Rachel Majercik finished third in the 50 freestyle.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Box Score

                Valparaiso had three finalists in the 50 freestyle on Thursday evening and remains in sixth place in the Horizon League Swimming and Diving Championships following day two of competition in Cleveland, Ohio.

                The Crusaders have totaled 108 points through the first eight events of the four-day meet.  Green Bay leads the way with 320 points while Wright State and Milwaukee are tied for second with 292 points a piece.  UIC is fourth with 171 points while Youngstown State is just 12 points in front of the Brown and Gold.  Cleveland State is seventh with 90 points and Butler has 68 points to round out the field.

                Rachel Majercik (Schaumburg, Ill./Conant H.S.) led a trio of top-seven finishes for the Crusaders in the 50 free with a time of 24.11 seconds, the second fastest mark in Valpo history.  She finished third, just .09 seconds ahead of teammate Jaclyn Krause (Rochester, Mich./Notre Dame Prep H.S.), who swam the third fastest time ever.  Becky Crabtree (Mason, Ohio/Mason H.S.) finished seventh in the race with a time of 24.40 seconds, tied for the fourth best mark in school laurels.

                “We were very pleased with our showing in the 50,” interim head coach Barbara Tyree said.

                Grace Arnold (Glendora, Calif./Glendora H.S.) finished 14th for the Crusaders in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:13.95.  The freshman turned in the second fastest time in school history in the morning’s preliminaries, touching the wall in 5:07.90, just over a second behind the school mark.

                “Grace had a very good 500 in the morning, but unfortunately she just missed the cut for the championship finals,” Tyree said.

                Valpo’s Amy Andracki (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect H.S.) turned in the team’s quickest 200 individual medley time of the meet, and the ninth fastest in school history, finishing with a time of 2:16.86.

                In one-meter diving, Anna Orwick (Broadlands, Ill./Champaign Centennial H.S.) finished 14th with a score of 155.60 points while teammate Beth Niggemyer (Spokane, Wash./University H.S.) added another point with her 16th place effort.

                The only downside of day two came in the final event for the Crusaders, as the 400 medley relay was disqualified.

                “This team is so young and I’ve been happy with what they’ve been doing,” Tyree concluded.  “We’re scoring well and right in the middle of the pack.  Without the DQ, we’d be even one spot higher in the standings.”

                Competition will continue on Friday with preliminary heats beginning at 9 a.m. CST and the finals slated for 5 p.m. CST.

W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
Softball Cleveland State 6 8 inn.
Apr 13 Valpo 7
W Tennis Valpo 1 Rochester, Mich.
Apr 13 Oakland 6
M Tennis Valpo 1 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 13 #12 Notre Dame 6
W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland 4 8 inn.
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Tennis Cleveland State 5 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20 12th/15 (314)
Baseball Kalamazoo 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. #21/21 Notre Dame
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Indiana (resumption of suspended game)
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay