Crusaders Close Out Season with Three More Records at Horizon League Championships
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Crusaders Close Out Season with Three More Records at Horizon League Championships
David Sivak finished with seven school records at the championship. (Ray Acevedo)

Valparaiso closed out the 2009 season in record-setting fashion on Saturday evening, setting three more new school marks to bring the total number of new records set over the weekend to 11 at the Horizon League Swimming and Diving Championships held in Brown Deer, Wis.

David Sivak (Hobart, Ind./Hobart H.S.) was a part of seven total school records on the weekend, including three individual events and four relays.  His final record came on Saturday in the 100 freestyle where he posted a time of 45.86 seconds in the preliminary heat to better Tim Weidner’s 2002 mark of 46.33 seconds.  The 100 free also saw two other Crusaders finish in the top-10 all-time.  Victor Sikorski (Valparaiso, Ind./Wheeler H.S.) turned in a time of 47.71 seconds to rank seventh all-time while Blake Edwards (Orange, Calif./Lutheran H.S. of Orange County) moved into 10th all-time with a mark of 47.84 seconds.

Adam Jajtner (Port Washington, Wis./Port Washington H.S.) shattered his own school mark in the 1,650 freestyle for his third individual record of the competition as well.  His time of 16:14.96 was more than 11 seconds faster than his best last year of 16:26.58.  Jajtner, a senior, also was a member of a pair of school record relays this weekend.

Sivak and Jajtner teamed with Austin Hunter (La Crescent, Minn./La Crescent H.S.) and Sikorski to close the meet in record-setting fashion in the 400 free relay.  The team bettered the old mark of 3:11.09 by more than three-and-a-half seconds with a time of 3:07.54.

Ansel Hillmer (Tampa, Fla./Hillsborough H.S.) moved into second place all-time for the Brown and Gold in the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:55.88 on Saturday.  Meanwhile, Sivak swam the second fastest 100 breaststroke time ever in a time trial with a 58.42 second effort.

Hunter turned in the sixth fastest 200 backstroke of all-time, touching the wall in 1:59.86.  Trevor Trimpe (Connersville, Ind./Connersville H.S.) ranks eighth all-time in the 200 breaststroke after finishing in 2:16.71.

On the three-meter diving board, Kurtis Malone (Pekin, Ill./Pekin H.S.) placed 12th overall with a score of 183.70 points.

As a team, Valpo finished in sixth place with 183 points for the four-day meet.  UIC won the championship with 703 points followed by Wright State with 685 points.  Milwaukee was third with 647 points, with Cleveland State (612) and Green Bay (583) placing fourth and fifth respectively.