The Valparaiso swimming and diving teams concluded action today at the Calvin Winter Invitational in Grand Rapids, Mich, setting four more school records at the Venema Aquatic Center.
Max Penn (Columbus, Ohio/St. Charles Prep) set the school record in the 200 yard backstroke “B” finals, touching the wall in 1:53.56. In the “A” finals, Matt King (Clinton, Ill./Clinton) finished in sixth place in 1:54.62, good for second best all time. The senior improved his personal best by over a second – which was the second fastest time at Valpo – and besting the previous record by .29.
Makenna Cannon (Delafield, Wis./Kettle Moraine) set the school record in the women’s 200 yard breaststroke, finishing in 2:22.68 during the prelims, almost three seconds faster than the previous record. In the “A” finals she finished in sixth just .02 behind Emily Trimpe (New Palestine, Ind./New Palestine). Trimpe touched the wall in 53.65 in the women’s 100 yard freestyle “B” finals, good for sixth-best all-time at Valpo.
Gonzalo Castro Diaz (Mexico City, Mexico) set the fastest time in Crusader history in the men’s 100 yard butterfly, touching the wall in 50.78 and finishing sixth in the men’s 100 yard butterfly “A” finals. He also moved up a spot on the 200 yard IM board, finishing the “A” finals in 1:55.22.
Dani Gomez Barrientos (Mexico City, Mexico/Grandview Prep [Fla.]) set the fastest Crusader time all-time in the 200 yard IM with a 2:08.85 in the “A” finals. She also moved up to the third spot in the Valpo record books, touching the wall in 5:07.04 in the women’s 500 freestyle “A” finals as she finished third. She improved her personal best by over two seconds from earlier in the season.
The men’s 400 yard freestyle relay team of Castro Diaz, Fred Jenny (New Albany, Ohio/New Albany), King and Kyle Braun (McHenry, Ill./West) set the third fastest time in Valpo history with their 3:09.26, claiming fourth place.
The women’s 200 yard medley relay team of Flavia Segatto (Pembroke Pines, Fla./Charles W. Flanagan), Cannon, Barrientos and Erin McBride (St. Louis, Mo./Webster Groves) tied the fifth fastest time in school history with their 1:50.57 to finish in seventh place.
The men’s relay team of Penn, Jenny, Castro Diaz and Braun set the second fastest time in school history as they touched the wall in 1:34.62 and finished in fourth place.
Segatto would finish just behind Gomez Barrientos in the 500 yard freestyle in fourth place with a time of 5:08.10.
Braun would set the seventh fastest time in Valpo history in the 100 butterfly with his time of 53.12 in the prelims. Later in the 100 yard freestyle prelims, Braun would swim a 46.97 and set the third fastest time in Crusader history. He would finish eighth in the “A” finals with a 48.10.
Jenny moved into fourth place at Valpo in the men’s 200 yard breaststroke, as the junior swam a 2:09.86 in the “B” finals.
The men remained in fifth place and finished with 385 points, while the women stayed in sixth place and finished with 332 points.
This marks the last event for Valpo before the new year. The Crusaders return to the pool on Saturday, Jan. 10 when they host Rose-Hulman at the ARC pool. Start time is set for 1:00 pm CT.