The Valparaiso swimming teams took to the pool Saturday afternoon against Western Illinois for their first home meet of the year. The women won 120-84, while the men lost 108-95. It was the women’s first win in a dual meet in over three years.
The Crusaders tallied ten individual first place finishes had three relay teams claim first place.
Senior Makenna Cannon (Delafield, Wis./Kettle Moraine) finished with a pair of first-place finishes in the women’s 200 yard IM (2:18.64) and the 200 yard breaststroke (2:33.01). She also swam the second leg of the first-place 400 yard medley relay team (4:06.51), whose time was just outside the top-ten.
Freshman Dani Gomez Barrientos (Mexico City, Mexico/Grandview Prep) set the third-fastest time in the women’s 200 yard butterfly with her 2:11.24 as she claimed first place. She also swam the third leg of the 400 yard medley relay team and the opening leg of the 400 yard freestyle relay team that places first in 3:45.06.
Senior Flavia Segatto (Pembroke Pines, Fla./Charles W. Flanagan) claimed first in the women’s 1650 yard freestyle with a 18:33.91 and finished second in the 200 yard backstroke (2:13.18), which was good for the seventh-fastest time in Crusader history. She also swam the opening leg of the women’s 400 yard medley relay team.
Freshman Paiton Kreps (Sarasota, Fla./Cardinal Mooney) finished first in the women’s 200 yard freestyle with a 2:04.14, just edging out classmate Amanda Jenny (New Albany, Ohio/New Albany) by .17. Kreps also claimed a runner-up finish in the 500 yard freestyle (5:29.63).
Sophomore Arman Salim (Angola, Ind./Fremont) finished first in the men’s 200 yard freestyle with a 1:49.25 and claimed second in the 200 yard butterfly with a 2:02.46, good for tenth-best in Valpo history.
Junior Gonzalo Castro Diaz (Mexico City, Mexico) touched the wall first in the men’s 200 yard butterfly in 1:56.18. He also swam the opening legs on the first place men’s 400 yard medley relay (3:32.75) and second place 400 yard freestyle relay (3:15.50).
Senior Matt King (Clinton, Ill./Clinton) and junior Fred Jenny (New Albany, Ohio/New Albany) each collected first place finishes in the men’s 200 yard backstroke (1:57.42) and 200 yard breaststroke (2:11.12), respectively. Jenny lowered his personal best and fifth-fastest time in Crusader history by .82. Both swam on the 400 yard medley relay that placed first as well.
Valpo returns to the pool on Nov. 14 when they travel to Terra Haute, Ind. for a dual meet against Rose-Hulman. Start time is set for 6:00 pm CT.