Oostman Sets Two More Records, Beacons Continue Strong Swims at MAC Championships
Thursday, March 7, 2024
Oostman Sets Two More Records, Beacons Continue Strong Swims at MAC Championships
Anthony Martin moved into second in program history in the 50 fly and was part of Valpo's third-fastest 400 medley relay all time Thursday.

Valpo men’s swimming sophomore Jackson Oostman (Aurora, Ill./Marmion Academy) followed one school-record swim on Wednesday with a pair of record-setting times on Thursday on the second day of action at the MAC Championships in Carbondale, Ill., the highlight of a day which saw the Beacons post five top-five times in program history.

How It Happened

  • Oostman’s first record-setting swim of the day came in the morning prelims of the 200 IM. The sophomore, who already held the program record entering the championship meet, lowered his own PR by four-tenths of a second, setting the new standard at 1:52.57.
  • Thursday evening, Oostman was tabbed with leading off Valpo’s 400 medley relay, giving him a chance to post a time in the 100 back. He shaved a second and a half off his PR in the event as he completed his leg in 50.56, surpassing the previous school record in the 100 back by a tenth of a second.
  • Oostman was joined by a trio of his classmates — Luke Snider (Germantown, Tenn./Memphis University School), Anthony Martin (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) and Tim Mai (St. Johns, Fla./Creekside) — as Valpo’s 400 medley relay quartet came home in 3:24.21, third-fastest in program history.
  • Mai’s performance in the relay came after a strong prelim effort in the 500 free earlier in the day, as the sophomore covered the distance in 4:40.97, lowering his PR by nearly four seconds and moving into fourth place in program history.
  • Sophomore Dathan Wolf (Columbus, Ind./Columbus East) paced the Valpo contingent in the 50 free prelims, posting a time of 21.71 to lower his PR by nearly half a second.
  • The Beacons’ time trial swims on Thursday were highlighted by Martin’s effort in the 50 fly, as the sophomore touched the wall in 23.36, second-fastest in program history.
  • Valpo ended the day with 72 points.

Next Up

Valpo continues action at the MAC Championships on Friday, with prelims starting at 10:30 a.m. and finals starting at 6 p.m.