Plethora of Strong Performances For Swimming On Final Day From SIU
Saturday, November 13, 2021
Plethora of Strong Performances For Swimming On Final Day From SIU
Billy Bennett broke the program record in the 100 IM Saturday.

A school-record swim from Billy Bennett (Libertyville, Ill./Libertyville) in the 100 IM on the men’s side was the highlight of a Saturday which contained numerous top-10 swims in program history as the Valpo swimming teams concluded the A3 Performance Invitational in Carbondale, Ill.

How It Happened

  • Bennett touched the wall in his 100 IM in 53.01, out-pacing the previous record of teammate Derek Eidson (Ventura, Calif./Ventura) by four one-hundredths of a second.
  • The time trials in the 100 IM featured six times which placed among the top-10 in program history. Joining Bennett on the men’s side was Ian Jaegers (Los Alamos, N.M./Los Alamos), whose time of 56.05 ranks him seventh in the event all-time.
  • Meanwhile, on the women’s side, the 100 IM top-10 chart got a complete overhaul. Chiara Robinson (Castle Pines, Colo./Rock Canyon) improved upon her second-best time in program history with a mark of 1:01.98.
  • Morgan Markley (Bluffton, Ind./Norwell) pulled into third all-time at Valpo with her time of 1:04.08, while Dot Chislett (Stillwater, Minn./Stillwater Area) was right behind her with a time of 1:04.76, fourth-fastest in program history. Kenzie Conn (Celina, Ohio/Celina) rounded out the quartet of record book placements on the women’s side as she now ranks sixth with a time of 1:05.51.
  • The 100 IM time trials were far from the only events to feature some of the best times all-time at Valpo, however. Valpo’s 400 free relay squad of Bennett, Brett Little (Princeton, Iowa/North Scott), Eidson and Dominic May (Naperville, Ill./Naperville Central) touched the wall in 3:06.02, second-fastest in program history and good for a third-place finish.
  • Ethan Welker (Clear Spring, Md./Saint James School) qualified for the 200 fly ‘A’ final with a time of 1:55.34, fourth-fastest all-time, and went on to finish eighth in the event.
  • Fellow freshman Andrew Berzai (South Bend, Ind./Mishawaka Marian) moved into fifth place in program history in the 200 breast with a finals time of 2:08.79 to finish the event in ninth place. Bennett posted a sixth-place finish in the event as well with a time of 2:06.62.
  • Another freshman made his mark in the distance swim, as freshman Alex Koetter (Cincinnati, Ohio/Moeller) completed the 1650 free in 16:41.43 to move into sixth place among Valpo’s all-time best in the event. Koetter hit the 1000 mark in 10:04.41, which qualifies him for seventh place on Valpo’s all-time top-10 in the 1000 free as well.
  • Beyond his top-10 time in the 100 IM, Jaegers cracked the top-10 in the 200 back as well as he finished in 1:57.59, good for a sixth-place finish.
  • On the women’s side, Haley Hume (Ballwin, Mo./Marquette) recorded a time of 2:10.76 in the prelims of the 200 back Saturday morning to slide into seventh place on Valpo’s top-10 in the event. Sophie Morelock (Milan, Mich./Milan) finished 12th in the finals of the same event with a time of 2:10.19, pairing that with a ninth-place finish in the 1650 in 18:48.16.
  • Bridget Pollard (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield South) now ranks ninth in program history in the 200 fly, touching the wall in 11th place Saturday with a time of 2:14.38.
  • May continued his strong placements as a senior in the sprints, finishing in third place in 45.58 after registering a prelim time of 45.21.
  • The Valpo men tallied 373 points over the three-day meet to finish in fourth place, while the women placed fifth with 220 points.

Next Up

Valpo has three weeks away from competition before returning to action Dec. 4 with a dual meet at Lewis.