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Smith's School Record Leads Valpo to Fifth Place Finish at Midwest Classic

Saturday, February 21, 2004

Travers Smith (Huntley, Ill./Huntley H.S.) set a new school record in the 200 backstroke and helped lead Valparaiso University to a fifth place finish at the Midwest Classic Championships which concluded on Saturday evening in Indianapolis, Ind.

The Crusader freshman touched the wall in 1:55.99 to earn a third place finish in the event and better Kevin Hyde's 2002 mark of 1:56.22 by .23 seconds.

The Crusaders tallied 400 points for the meet, and trailed Eastern Michigan by just 24 for fourth place. Eastern Illinois was crowned the champion with 803 points, while Western Illinois finished second with 685 points and IUPUI placed third with 505 points. Miami (Ohio) finished sixth with 221 points, while Vincennes was seventh with 174 points.

Valpo opened the final day of the three-day competition as Dan Johnson (Palatine, Ill./Fremd H.S.) earned a ninth place finish in the 1650 freestyle. Neal Badgett (Houston, Texas/Strake Jesuit Prep) was just over a second behind Johnson (17:34.92) to place tenth.

Smith then set his school mark in the 200 back, marking one of four Crusaders to score in the event. Colin Simpson (Rockford, Ill./Auburn H.S.) also qualified for the finals and finished sixth with a time of 2:01.44, while Mike Stachniak (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg H.S.) and Mark Volberding (Tulsa, Okla./Union H.S.) were tenth and 11th respectively. Stachniak touched the wall in 2:07.87, while Volberding finished in 2:10.58.

The 100 freestyle saw Bob Schmidt (Lakeville, Minn./Lakeville H.S.) earn a fifth place showing with a time of 47.73 seconds. Keith Aumend (Lake Worth, Fla./Wellington H.S.) earned a 14th place finish with a mark of 48.77 seconds, while David Kesler (Beverly Hills, Mich./Birmingham Groves H.S.) was 15th with a time of 49.63 seconds.

Three Crusaders scored in the 200 breaststroke, led by David Peterson (Schererville, Ind./Highland H.S.). The freshman finished in fifth place with a time of 2:14.05, while Jeff Ewers (Huntertown, Ind./Carroll H.S.) was two places behind, touching the wall in 2:15.28. Patrick Kirby (Danville, Ill./Schlarman H.S.) also finished 13th in the event for the Brown and Gold (2:27.70).

The final individual event of the meet was Bob Pedersen (Urbana, Ill./Urbana H.S.) finish in 12th place in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:03.14. Badgett also scored in the event, finishing 14th with a mark of 2:05.06.

Valpo concluded the meet with a fifth place finish in the 400 free relay. Smith, Aumend, Kesler, and Schmidt touched the wall in 3:12.75.

Valparaiso has now concluded its 2003-2004 season, where it went 2-8 during dual meet competition and finished in fourth place at the Mid-Continent Conference Championship in addition to its fifth place finish at the Midwest Classic.
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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 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
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
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
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
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
W 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