Valpo Swimming Falls Against Green Bay and UIC
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Valpo Swimming Falls Against Green Bay and UIC

The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s swimming teams continued their early-season slate on Saturday as they made a trip to Green Bay, Wis. to take on the host Phoenix and the UIC Flames.

The day started off with the women’s 200-medley relay. The top team for Valpo was led by freshman Megan Lugar (Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) swimming the backstroke leg, followed by classmate Mariah Sturdivant (Chicago, Ill./George Westinghouse Prep.) taking on the breaststroke leg, then sophomore Erica Martins (Hartland, Wis./Lake County Lutheran) in the butterfly leg, and sophomore Paige Wright (Surprise, Ariz./Paradise Honors) anchoring with the freestyle leg. They compiled a time of 1:57.95.

On the men’s side, senior Max Penn (Columbus, Ohio/St Charles Prep.), sophomore Adrian Acero (Bogotá, Colombia/Agustiniano Salitre), sophomore Dylan Ogle (Simpsonville, S.C./Mauldin), and sophomore Harrison Jenny (New Albany, Ohio/New Albany) combined for a time of 1:42.28.

In the women’s 1000-free, senior Vinnie Zaia (Canton, Mich./Salem) swam the longest race of the meet in 11:35.63 as the top finisher for the Crusaders, while junior Dylan Kirar (Arvada, Colo./Ralston Valley) broke through with the fastest time for the Valpo men in 10:04.67.

Senior Amanda Jenny (New Albany, Ohio/New Albany) registered the top Valpo time in the women’s 200-free, stopping the clock at 2:02.31. For the men, junior Mac Sogandares (Reston, Va./South Lakes) came up with the fastest Crusader time at 1:50.69.

Moving on to the 100-back, Wright finished fourth recording the best time for the Valpo women in 1:01.13. Penn found the wall in 56.94 for the top Crusader time on the men’s side.

The quickest time for the Valpo women in the 100 breaststroke was 1:13.75 by sophomore Emily Baumgartner (Fishers, Ind./Fishers). The top time on the team for the men was 1:02.35 registered by Acero.

Rookie Lillia Pogue (Corpus Christi, Texas/Flour Bluff) brought in the fastest Crusader time for the women in the 200-fly at 2:23.06, while Ogle did the same for the men clocking in just under two minutes at 1:59.38.

Sprinters, Martins for the women and Harrison Jenny for the men led the Crusaders in the 50-free with times of 25.56 and 23.33, respectively.

The women’s 100-free saw Wright lead the way again for Valpo, touching the wall with a time of 55.82. Sophomore Austin Scheer (Indianapolis, Ind./Bishop Chatard) took top honors for the Crusader men, stopping the clock at 51.49.

Sophomore Tara Lawson (Mundelein, Ill./Mundelein) led the charge for the Crusaders in the women’s 200-back, reaching the wall in 2:17.57. It was Penn with the fastest time on the team for the men in a time of 2:04.90.

In the women’s 200-breast, Baumgartner once again stopped the clock first for the Valpo women with a time of 2:36.99, while Sogandares did the same on the men’s side by touching the wall in 2:18.18.

Zaia, for the women, had the best time on the team at 5:39.15 in the 500-free. Junior Bob Bretl (Wauwatosa, Wis./Marquette University H.S.) led the Crusader men in the same event with a time of 4:59.82.

It was Martins again with the best Valpo time for the women, this time in the 100-fly with a time of 1:03.94. Ogle recorded the top time on the team for the men, coming in at 54.67.

The 400-IM saw Lawson as the top performer for the Crusader women, putting up a time of 5:03.15. Once the waves settled, Kirar was best on the men’s side for Valpo, with a time of 4:19.60.

To finish things off in the 400-free relay, the Valpo foursome of Wright, Lugar, Pogue and Amanda Jenny posted a top time for the team at 3:50.63. Sogandares, sophomore Spenser Shaffer (LaPorte, Ind./LaPorte), Bretl and Harrison Jenny led the Crusader men by compiling a time of 3:21.69.

Valpo returns to action next Saturday at the Indiana Intercollegiates, hosted by Purdue in West Lafayette. The meet is slated to start at 11 a.m. CT.