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Valpo Men Post Solid Swims on Final Day of the Season
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Valparaiso’s men’s swim team finished in sixth place to conclude the Horizon League Championships on Saturday at Busbey Natatorium in Cleveland, Ohio, wrapping up the 2010-2011 season.
The Crusaders scored 117 points over the course of the four-day meet. Milwaukee edged out UIC 820-793 for the team title with Cleveland State finishing third with 696 points. Wright State (491) was fourth while Green Bay finished fifth (481).
Valpo finished the meet with a sixth place effort in the 400 freestyle relay. David Sivak (Hobart, Ind./Hobart H.S.), Trevor Trimpe (New Palestine, Ind./Connersville H.S.), Alex Cox (Tinley Park, Ill./Lincoln-Way North H.S.), and Russell Deghi (Sebestopol, Calif./Analy H.S.) posted a time season’s best time of 3:14.25. For Sivak, he was one of two Crusaders who closed their collegiate careers on Saturday.
Trimpe moved into fourth place on the all-time list with his 16th place finish in the finals of the 200 breaststroke turning in a time of 2:12.83. Toshko Ganzorigt (Ulaanbatar, Mongolia/Orchlon H.S.), another senior closing his career, had a collegiate best time of 2:31.14. Travis Simmons (Angola, Ind./Angola H.S.) swam the event as an exhibition and earned a collegiate best time of 2:22.19.
In the 100 freestyle, Deghi posted the 10th fastest mark in Valpo history with his 18th place finish overall, turning in a time of 48.21 seconds. Cox and Chris Rudolf (Middletown, Ohio/Bishop Fenwick H.S.) added collegiate best times in the event touching the wall in 50.34 and 50.92 seconds respectively. Thomas Patrick (Hartland, Wis./Arrowhead H.S.) had a season’s best mark of 51.56 seconds while Ryan Burling (Morris, Ill./Morris Community H.S.) posted a career time of 51.82 seconds. Simmons and Ian Jones (Lexington, Ohio/Lexington H.S.) added a pair of personal bests as well at 52.39 and 54.06 seconds respectively, giving Valpo seven swimmers in the event with personal best marks.
Steve Booth (Saint Joseph, Mich./Saint Joseph H.S.) earned a 16th place finish as the Crusaders’ lone competitor in the mile with a season’s best time of 18:17.00. Kevin Fedde (Fort Collins, Colo./Heritage Christian H.S.) did the same in the 200 backstroke with his career best time of 2:01.73 in the finals to place 16th overall.