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Valpo 4th After First Day at House of Champions Invite

Friday, December 01, 2006

A new school record was set as Valparaiso finished day one at the House of Champions Invitational on Friday evening in fourth place out of six teams in Indianapolis, Ind.

The Crusaders tallied 111 points on the opening day, three more than fifth place Eastern Illinois. Ball State leads the meet with 318 points.

Valpo got off to a solid start in the day's first event, the 200 freestyle relay. The team of Rachel Majercik (Schaumburg, Ill./Conant H.S.), Jaclyn Krause (Rochester, Mich./Notre Dame Prep H.S.), Amanda Gregory (Carmel, Ind./Carmel H.S.), and Kati Smethurst (Grand Ledge, Mich./Grand Ledge H.S.) touched the wall in 1:38.38, shattering the old mark set in 2005 by more than a second. The team was less than a half of a second off the pace.

Majercik turned in the Crusaders' highest individual finish on the day, placing seventh in the 50 freestyle. The freshman's time of 25.04 seconds is tied for the seventh fastest time in school history.

Krause finished eighth while Elizabeth Thompson (Norman, Okla./Norman H.S.) was 10th in the 500 free. Thompson finished in 5:18.08, the fifth fastest mark in Valpo history while Thompson touched in 5:21.32, 10th best in school laurels.

In the other individual events on the first day, Anna Orwick (Broadlands, Ill./Champaign Centennial H.S.) placed eighth on the one-meter diving board with a score of 174.85. Katie Jajtner (Port Washington, Wis./Port Washington H.S.) was Valpo's top finisher in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:20.08.

Valpo finished the day with a sixth place finish in the 400 medley relay.

The Crusaders will conclude competition at the event on Saturday morning beginning at 9 a.m. CST.
W Soccer Belmont Brown Field
Aug 22, 7:30 p.m. Valpo
M Soccer Lake Forest Brown Field
Aug 23, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
W Soccer IUPUI Brown Field
Aug 24, 1:00 p.m. Valpo
M Soccer Lewis Brown Field
Aug 25, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Football Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Aug 28, 6:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 29, 3:00 p.m. Wofford
M Soccer Valpo Raleigh, N.C.
Aug 29, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina State
W Soccer Valpo Phoenix, Ariz.
Aug 29, 9:00 p.m. Grand Canyon
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 2:00 p.m. Campbell
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina Central
W Soccer Valpo Flagstaff, Ariz.
Aug 31, 2:00 p.m. Northern Arizona
M Soccer Valpo Davidson, N.C.
Aug 31, 3:00 p.m. Davidson
Volleyball IUPUI ARC
Sep 3, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 10:00 a.m. UMKC
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m. Stephen F. Austin
W CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m.
M CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:45 p.m.
W Soccer Ball State Brown Field
Sep 5, 7:30 p.m. Valpo
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 6, 2:00 p.m. South Dakota State
Football Saint Joseph's (Ind.) Brown Field
Sep 6, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Sep 7, 2:30 p.m. Western Illinois
M Soccer Valpo Indianapolis, Ind.
Sep 9, 6:00 p.m. Butler