Crusaders Open Season with Butler Invitational
Monday, September 29, 2014
Crusaders Open Season with Butler Invitational
Gonzalo Castro Diaz glides through the water

The Valparaiso men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams opened their seasons at the Butler Invitational on Sunday, September 28.

Freshman Dani Gomez Barrientos (Mexico City, Mexico/Grandview Prep) set the second-best time in Crusader history in her first collegiate meet. She was just .04 off the school record in the women’s 400 yard IM as she finished in 4:38.65 and placed second.

Junior Gonzalo Castro Diaz (Mexico City, Mexico) finished third in the men's 200 yard butterfly with a 1:56.48, three seconds off his personal and Crusader best. His time would have been good for fifth best all-time in Crusader history. He also finished sixth in the 200 yard breaststroke with 2:15.54, good for tenth-best all-time.

In the men’s 200 yard medley relay, the team of freshman Max Penn (Columbus, Ohio/St. Charles Prep), junior Fred Jenny (New Albany, Ohio/New Albany), Castro Diaz and senior Matt King (Clinton, Ill./Clinton) finished fifth with a time of 1:38.47.

Senior Flavia Segatto (Pembroke Pines, Fla./Charles W. Flanagan) had two top-five finishes, as she finished 5th in the women's 1000 yard freestyle in 11:07.72 and third in the women's 200 yard butterfly in 2:13.65.

King and Jenny also had top-five finishes individually, as King finished third in the men's 200 yard backstroke in 1:58.97 and Jenny finished fourth in the men's 200 yard breaststroke with 2:12.79. Jenny’s time was less than a second off his personal best, which is the fifth-best time in school history.

The Crusaders return to the pool on October 11 when they welcome home former swimmers in the Alumni Meet. Start time is scheduled for 9:00 am CT.