Swimming Makes Home Season Debut Friday
Friday, October 14, 2022
Swimming Makes Home Season Debut Friday
Jackson Oostman won the 200 IM on Friday.

The Valpo men’s and women’s swimming teams made their respective season debuts at home at the Valparaiso Aquatic Center on Friday evening as the Beacons faced off against Evansville in a dual meet. The evening was highlighted by freshman Jackson Oostman (Aurora, Ill./Marmion) taking first place on the men’s side in the 200 IM.

How It Happened

  • Oostman touched the wall in the 200 IM in 1:55.42 to take top honors in the event. The freshman’s time ranks fourth in the event in program history.
  • Oostman also added a second-place finish in the 100 back, touching the wall in 53.38.
  • Oostman was one of three Valpo swimmers to pace the team in a pair of events. Freshman Anthony Martin (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) came home in 49.19 in the 100 free for a second-place finish and also led the Beacons with a time of 1:48.52 in the 200 free.
  • Fellow freshman Ricky Helmboldt (Tucson, Ariz./Arizona Connections Academy) led Valpo in both the 500 free (5:03.05) and the 1000 free (10:19.13).
  • On the women’s side, freshman Emma Wise (Beaver Falls, Pa./Blackhawk) placed second in the 1000 free with a time of 11:47.38 and fellow rookie Emma Schmidt (Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley) earned a second-place finish of her own in the 500 free (5:23.63).
  • Schmidt also paced Valpo in the 200 free (1:59.81), while sophomores Dot Chislett (Stillwater, Minn./Stillwater Area) and Sara Strauss (Spring Lake, Mich./Spring Lake) led the Beacons in a pair of individual events apiece as well. Chislett was the top-finishing Beacon in the 200 IM (2:16.46) and the 100 fly (1:02.06), while Strauss led Valpo in the 50 free (25.85) and the 100 breast (1:10.51).
  • In all, Valpo was led by freshmen in eight of nine individual events on the men’s side and in four individual events on the women’s side.
  • Evansville won the team scoring on both fronts, 137-65 on the women’s side and 149-56 on the men’s side.

Next Up

Valpo returns to the pool next Saturday, Oct. 22 in a tri-meet at Eastern Illinois which will also feature Bellarmine.