Valpo Swimming Continues Campaign at EIU
Saturday, November 7, 2015
Valpo Swimming Continues Campaign at EIU
Gonzalo Castro Diaz claimed first place in the 200 free Saturday.

The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s swimming squads continued their 2015-16 seasons Saturday evening at Eastern Illinois. EIU downed the Crusaders on both sides, as the Valpo men fell 120-85 and the women dropped a 125-69 decision.

Between the two teams, six Crusaders combined for seven first-place finishes on the day, highlighted by a pair of first-place showings for freshman Dylan Kirar (Arvada, Colo./Ralston Valley) on the men’s side. Kirar touched the wall first in the 400 IM with a time of 4:24.58 and added a second top showing later in the 500 free, posting a time of 4:54.38.

Joining Kirar with first-place finishes on the men’s side were seniors Gonzalo Castro Diaz (Mexico City, Mexico/Instituto Oxford) and Fred Jenny (New Albany, Ohio/New Albany). Castro Diaz recorded a win with a time of 1:46.15 in the 200 free, while Jenny was the fastest competitor in the 100 free, finishing just seven-hundredths of a second off Valpo’s all-time top-10 in the event with a time of 47.80.

The Crusaders earned three wins on the women’s side of the ledger in three separate freestyle events. Sophomore Paiton Krebs (Sarasota, Fla./Cardinal Mooney) kicked off the first individual event of the meet on a strong note with a first-place showing in the 1000 free, covering the distance in 11:19.80. Junior Emily Trimpe (New Palestine, Ind./New Palestine) earned an event victory with a time of 2:00.72 in the 200 free.

Later in the meet, freshman Betsy Pogue (Corpus Christi, Texas/Flour Bluff) took first place in the 500 free, touching the wall in 5:32.76. Elsewhere, while she came in second place in the event, junior Rachel Law (Wayne, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) earned a spot among Valpo’s all-time best in the 400 IM, as her time of 4:50.88 is eighth-best in Crusader history.

Valparaiso returns to the pool next Friday and Saturday with meets against Rose-Hulman and Saginaw Valley State, respectively.