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Valpo Men Open Swim Season with Fourth Place Effort
Toshko Ganzorigt helped Valpo to a fourth place finish in the season opener. (Ray Acevedo)
Toshko Ganzorigt helped Valpo to a fourth place finish in the season opener. (Ray Acevedo)

Friday, October 09, 2009

Valparaiso’s men’s swimming and diving team took to the waters for the first time on Friday night, and finished in fourth place at the Dennis Stark Relays hosted by Notre Dame.

The event, which consisted of all relays, was won by Michigan with 194 points with the host Fighting Irish finishing second with 162 points.  Oakland finished just ahead of the Crusaders with 136 points to Valpo’s 92.  The Crusaders topped Horizon League foe Cleveland State, though, as the Vikings finished fifth with 82 points.

“With the small numbers we had I thought we went out well and raced every event hard,” head coach Howard Hunte said after the meet.  “I am pleased with how we started the year.”

The Crusaders’ 200 freestyle relay of Ryan Burling (Morris, Ill./Morris Community H.S.), James Shang (Shanghai, China/Concordia International H.S.), Thomas Patrick (Hartland, Wis./Arrowhead H.S.), and Andrew Hipskind (New Palestine, Ind./New Palestine H.S.) turned in a fourth place finish with a time of 1:35.91.

The 800 free relay also finished fourth on the day with Blake Edwards (Orange, Calif./Lutheran H.S. of Orange County), Kevin Fedde (Fort Collins, Colo./Heritage Christian H.S.), Steve Booth (Saint Joseph, Mich./Saint Joseph H.S.), and David Sivak (Hobart, Ind./Hobart H.S.) touching the wall in 7:27.83.

Valpo added a fourth place finish in the 400 backstroke relay with the team of Hipskind, Fedde, Edwards, and Sivak posting a time of 4:02.01.  Another fourth place finish in the 400 breaststroke relay saw the Crusaders post of time of 4:40.52 with the team of Trevor Trimpe (New Palestine, Ind./Connersville H.S.), Toshko Ganzorigt (Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia/Orchlon H.S.), Burling, and Shang.

Two more fourth place finishes helped the Crusaders secure their final spot.  Hipskind, Patrick, Gonzorigt, and Shang earned that place in the 200 medley relay with a mark of 1:55.31 while Austin Hunter (La Crescent, Minn./La Crescent H.S.), Fedde, Hipskind, and Edwards touching the wall in 3:20.91.

Valparaiso will return to the water on Saturday at the Indiana Intercollegiates hosted by Purdue.  The first race begins at 11 a.m. CDT in West Lafayette, Ind.

M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland 4 8 inn.
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Tennis Cleveland State 5 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20 12th/15 (314)
Baseball Kalamazoo 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo 2 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24 #21/21 Notre Dame 7
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27 Horizon League Tournament
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Indiana (resumption of suspended game)
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo