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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 14 Chicago State 7
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 Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
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 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. #21/21 Notre Dame
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
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
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
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
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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
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
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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