Valparaiso made the most of its Senior Day meet on Saturday afternoon, sending the upperclassmen out in style with a 57-36 victory over Monmouth (Ill.) at the Athletics-Recreation Center for the Crusaders’ first victory of the season in the home finale.
Valpo opened the day on a high note with the first of seven event wins. The Crusaders posted a a four-second victory in the 200 medley relay as the team of Russell Deghi (Sebestopol, Calif./Analy H.S.), Trevor Trimpe (New Palestine, Ind./Connersville H.S.), Kevin Fedde (Fort Collins, Colo./Heritage Christian H.S.), and Kyle Braun (McHenry, Ill./West H.S.) posted a time of 1:40.71.
Braun added a pair of individual victories, starting in the 50 freestyle. He won the event by more than a second-and-a-half with a time of 22.49 seconds before winning the 100 freestyle with a time of 50.48 seconds.
Trimpe cruised to a 17-second triumph in the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:43.89 while also notching a win in the 100 breaststroke by nearly three seconds with a time of 1:03.64.
Fedde won the 100 butterfly by 1.45 seconds while Matt King (Clinton, Ill./Clinton H.S.) posted a victory by more than four seconds in the 100 backstroke with a time of 56.95 seconds.
Deghi and Trimpe were honored prior to the meet along with classmates Austin Hunter (La Crescent, Minn./La Crescent H.S.) and Thomas Patrick (Hartland, Wis./Arrowhead H.S.) as members of the senior class of 2012.
Valparaiso (1-9) will wrap up the dual meet portion of the schedule next Saturday, Feb. 4 with a quadrangular meet against Monmouth (Ill.), Western Illinois, and Augustana (Ill.). The meet begins at 1 p.m. Please note, this is a change in date as the meet was originally slated for Sunday.