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Pair of Program Records Highlight Calvin Invite For Crusader Men
Gonzalo Castro Diaz set a new record in the 400 individual medley. (Kevin Fedde)
Gonzalo Castro Diaz set a new record in the 400 individual medley. (Kevin Fedde)

Friday, November 30, 2012

The Valparaiso men’s swimming team has set a pair of program records through the first two days of the Calvin Winter Invitational in Grand Rapids, Mich. and enters the final day of action in sixth place.

The Crusaders have tallied 130 points through two days of action to sit in sixth place.  Grand Valley State leads the team standings with 487 points.

Freshmen Gonzalo Castro Diaz (Mexico City, Mexico) and Frederick Jenny (New Albany, Ohio/New Albany) have both already set new program records at this weekend’s meet.  Castro Diaz set a new mark in the 200 butterfly with a time of 4:08.74 in the 400 individual medley, good for a fourth-place finish.  Meanwhile, Jenny posted a new record of 57.23 seconds in prelims to qualify for the finals in the 100 breaststroke, where he eventually finished in sixth place.

Both rookies also cracked Valpo’s top-ten in another event as well through the first two days of action.  Castro Diaz narrowly missed qualifying for the finals in the 200 butterfly, but swam to a ninth-place finish in the consolation final with a time of 1:56.78, fifth-fastest all-time at Valpo.  Jenny moved into ninth place in Crusader history in the 400 individual medley, swimming as an exhibition swimmer in the prelims and touching the wall in 4:20.65.

Another individual cracked the Crusaders’ all-time chart individually on Friday, as sophomore Matt King (Clinton, Ill./Clinton) moved into sixth place in Valpo history in the 100 backstroke with a time of 53.88 seconds in the bonus final, good for a 17th place finish.  Senior Guillermo Aguilar (San Salvador, El Salvador/Colegio Internacional de San Salvador [Cal State Northridge]) earned a spot in the consolation finals of the 200 butterfly with a prelim time of 1:59.45, narrowly missing a chance to move up Valpo’s chart in the event and eventually finishing 14th in the consolation finals.

Sophomore Kyle Braun (McHenry, Ill./West) earned a spot in the consolation finals of the 50 free with a prelim time of 21.99 seconds, eventually finishing in 14th place, while freshman Atolo Tuinukuafe (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) finished 16th in the 100 breaststroke after qualifying for the consolation final with a time of 1:01.11 in the prelims.  Braun was also Valpo’s top swimmer in the 200 free with a prelim time of 1:49.86, while freshman Cody Jones (Wheatfield, Ind./Kankakee Valley) led the Crusaders in the 1650 free with a time of 18:18.22.

Two of the Crusader relays have already cracked Valpo’s all-time top-three in their respective events.  The 400 medley squad of King, Jenny, Castro Diaz and Braun touched the wall in 3:29.66, second-fastest in program history and good for a sixth-place finish.  Meanwhile, Thursday evening saw the team of Jenny, Castro Diaz, Braun and sophomore Fernando Aguilar (San Salvador, El Salvador/Colegio Internacional de San Salvador) place sixth in the 800 free relay with a time of 7:06.03, third-fastest in Crusader history.

Valparaiso concludes the three-day Calvin Winter Invitational on Saturday.

W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 6 4th/12 (311)
W Tennis Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 6 Milwaukee 7
Softball Detroit 0 VU Softball Field
Apr 6 Valpo 8
Baseball Wright State 4 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 6 Valpo 2
W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 7 9th/12 (642)
Softball Northern Illinois 6 VU Softball Field
Apr 8 Valpo 8
Baseball Valpo 5 Evanston, Ill.
Apr 8 Northwestern 12
Softball Northern Illinois 3 8 inn.
Apr 8 Valpo 4
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 5th/17 (20)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 9th/18 (12)
M Tennis Valpo 5 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 11 Detroit 2
Baseball Youngstown State 7 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 11 Valpo 10
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Soccer St. Joseph's College Eastgate Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Youngstown State 1 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 13
Softball Cleveland State 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 2
Volleyball Western Michigan/Butler/Eastern Michigan ARC
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo
Softball Cleveland State 4 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 6
Baseball Youngstown State 12 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 4
W Tennis Valpo 1 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Detroit 6
M Soccer Benedictine Brown Field
Apr 12, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Haitian National Team Brown Field
Apr 12, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
Softball Cleveland State 6 8 inn.
Apr 13 Valpo 7
W Tennis Valpo 1 Rochester, Mich.
Apr 13 Oakland 6
M Tennis Valpo 1 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 13 #12 Notre Dame 6
W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
M Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
W Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19, 1:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20
Baseball Kalamazoo Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Ohio Northern Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 5:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 5:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
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
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26 Horizon League Tournament
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
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