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Valpo Women Sweep Western Illinois and Monmouth
Saturday, February 05, 2011
Valparaiso’s women’s swim team finished up the dual meet portion of the schedule on Saturday afternoon picking up a pair of victories in Macomb, Ill. The Crusaders defeated host Western Illinois 154-88 and Monmouth (Ill.) 160-84.
The Crusaders won all but three events on the afternoon while earning the team victories.
The Crusaders started the day with a five second victory in the 400 medley relay. The team of Natalie Jarrett (Lebanon, Ind./Western Boone H.S.), Amy Andracki (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect H.S.), Justine Barnes (Rochester Hills, Mich./Adams H.S.), and Brittany Bencur (Dyer, Ind./Lake Central H.S.) posted a time of 3:41.22.
Andrea Bretl (Wauwatosa, Wis./West H.S.) added a 33 second triumph in the 1000 freestyle, posting a time of 11:18.20 while Shaunna Dangremond (Tucson, Ariz./Sabino H.S.) posted a victory in the 50 backstroke, finishing in 28.52 seconds. Dangremond later added a win in the 50 butterfly with her time of 27.97 seconds.
Andracki added a win in the 50 breaststroke by more than two seconds with a time of 31.44 seconds and Barnes followed with a time of 1:02.40 to win the 100 butterfly.
Laura Rickey (Monmouth, Ill./Monmouth-Roseville H.S.) added to the Valpo win total with a pair of wins in her return to her hometown. She began with a triumph in the 50 freestyle with a time of 26.09 seconds and followed that up one event later with a time of 56.38 seconds in the 100 free for a two-second victory.
Alizabeth Taubert (Bloomington, Ill./University H.S.) added a victory in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:27.49 while Jarrett had the Crusaders’ final individual victory with a time of 2:17.34 in the 200 individual medley.
Valpo concluded the meet with one final win, this time in the 400 free relay as the team of Rickey, Dangremond, Taubert, and Bencur posted a time of 3:49.88.
Valparaiso (3-11) will head to Cleveland, Ohio in a couple of weeks for the Horizon League Championships which will be held February 23-26.