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Valpo Women Dive into 2010-2011 Season
Laura Rickey and Valpo open in Indianapolis on Sunday. (Ray Acevedo)
Laura Rickey and Valpo open in Indianapolis on Sunday. (Ray Acevedo)

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Experience abounds for the Valparaiso University women’s swim team as the Crusaders take to the pool for the 2010-2011 season.  Head coach Howard Hunte returns seven swimmers from last year’s squad and has added a transfer and six freshmen to the roster for the upcoming season.

The Crusaders will be looking to move up in the Horizon League standings this season after an eighth place finish a year ago, but have a great deal of upperclass leadership to help the Crusaders obtain that goal.

A quartet of seniors lead the way for the Brown and Gold heading into the season.  Amy Andracki holds both of the school’s breaststroke records heading into her final campaign and will again spearhead those events for Valpo.  She also has been a member of both medley relays that set school records.  Shaunna Dangremond holds the school mark in the 200 individual medley.  She also ranks third all-time at Valpo in the 100 backstroke and second in the 200 back, and will look to challenge those marks this year.  She also was a member of the record-setting 400 medley relay her sophomore season.

Stephanie Ferschl ranks third on the all-time list in the mile for the Crusaders and will lead the distance corps this year.  She also ranks among the top-five in the 1000 free, and will try to lower her times even more this year.  The final senior, Laura Rickey, also is a freestyler.  Swimming the sprint events, she was among the top-three fastest Crusaders in the 50, 100, and 200 a year ago.

Three sophomores return for year two with the Brown and Gold.  Justine Barnes posted the second fastest 200 butterfly time ever at Valpo in her rookie season, and will look to break the school record in year two.  Sarah Robertson moved into the top-10 all-time in the 100 breaststroke during her freshman season, while just missing the top-10 in the 200.  She also competed in both individual medleys while Erin Owen swam the 100 breast in her rookie season in addition to sprint freestyle events.

Natalie Jarrett joins the Valpo roster this season after transferring to the Crusader program from IUPUI.  The individual medley specialist has two years of eligibility remaining.  She was the Jaguars’ Most Valuable Swimmer as a freshman, and will look to make an impact with the Brown and Gold.

Six true freshmen will look to make a difference for the Crusaders this year as well.  Brittany Bencur was a state qualifier for Lake Central High School in Indiana and will compete in the freestyle for the Crusaders as well Andrea Bretl, who finished 14th in the state of Wisconsin in the 500 freestyle a year ago.

Helen Dolley was a four-time All-Southwest Michigan Conference selection and will also add depth in the freestyle along with Katie MeunierKatrina Peters and Alizabeth Taubert will compete for Valpo in the breaststroke along with freestyle events this year as well.  Taubert was an alternate for the state championships in Illinois each of the last two years.

The season opens on October 3 as the Crusaders head to Indianapolis, Ind. for a quadrangular meet with Saint Louis, IUPUI, and Evansville.  Valpo will compete in several invitationals this season, including relay meets at Notre Dame and Ball State.  The Purdue Invitational as well as the Calvin Invitational also highlight the slate.

The dual meet season opens October 16 against Milwaukee at the Athletics-Recreation Center pool, where the Brown and Gold will host five meets this year.  Cleveland State, Green Bay, UIC, and IUPUI will also visit Valparaiso this season.

With a combination of seven newcomers and seven returnees, including four seniors, hopes are high for the Crusaders entering 2010-2011.  Several school records may be in jeopardy as the Brown and Gold look to move up in the Horizon League.

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
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