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Crusaders End Season with 6th Place Finish at Midwest Classic

Saturday, February 21, 2004

The Valparaiso University women's swimming and diving team saw its 2003-2004 season come to a close on Saturday evening with a sixth place showing at the Midwest Classic Championships held in Indianapolis, Ind.

The Crusaders concluded the three-day meet with 317 points. Miami (Ohio) was the meet champion with 790 points, followed by Northern Colorado with 711 points and Eastern Illinois with 542 points. Western Illinois finished in fourth place with 496 points, while IUPUI was fifth with 406 points.

Valpo began the final session with Britt Nelson (Cortland, N.Y./Homer H.S.) earning a ninth place finish in the 1650 freestyle. The sophomore touched the wall in 18:23.49. Maggie Kroemer (Brown Deer, Wis./Milwaukee Lutheran H.S.) also scored for the Brown and Gold in the mile, finishing 14th with a time of 18:53.48.

In the 200 backstroke, freshman Katie Jajtner (Port Washington, Wis./Port Washington H.S.) turned in a ninth place effort touching the wall in 2:15.52. Teammate Lauren Bambach (Dublin, Ohio/Coffman H.S.) finished 13th in the event with a time of 2:18.23.

Amanda Gregory (Carmel, Ind./Carmel H.S.) was the lone Crusader to score in the 100 free. The freshman touched the wall in 55.90 seconds, placing 16th.

The 200 breaststroke saw Allison Clark (Shorewood, Wis./Shorewood H.S.) earn the Crusaders top finish with a tenth place showing in a time of 2:32.95. Sarah Deardorff (Arlington Heights, Ill./Buffalo Grove H.S.) also finished 14th in the breast with a mark of 2:39.89.

In the final individual event of the meet, the 200 butterfly, Leah Schneider (Sussex, Wis./Arrowhead H.S.) turned in a fourth place performance with a time of 2:12.52. Senior Katie Urbas (Ballwin, Mo./Marquette H.S.) concluded her career at Valpo with a seventh place finish in the same event with a time of 2:13.83. Kroemer was the third Crusader to score in the event for the Brown and Gold, finishing 11th with a time of 2:17.55

The final event of the day saw Valpo turn in a sixth place finish in the 400 free relay. The team of Gregory, Nelson, Clark, and Schneider touched the wall in 3:41.63.

In the one-meter diving competition, Britt King (Dayton, Ohio/Oakwood H.S.) earned a 15th place finish with a score of 99.10.

Valpo concluded its season with a 2-8 dual meet record and finished fourth in the Mid-Continent Conference Championships to go along with its sixth place finish at the Midwest Classic.
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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
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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)
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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
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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