The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s swimming teams fell to the visiting Cardinals Saturday afternoon at the ARC after competing in a dual meet on the road less than 24 hours prior. Sophomore Harrison Jenny (New Albany, Ohio/New Albany) highlighted the competition for the Crusaders with a win in the 100-freestyle.
Both the women and men started the day off with second-place finishes in the 200-medley relay. For the women, sophomore classmates Paige Wright (Surprise, Ariz./Paradise Honors), Emily Baumgartner (Fishers, Ind./Fishers), Erica Martins (Hartland, Wis./Lake County Lutheran), and senior Amanda Jenny (New Albany, Ohio/New Albany) totaled a time of 1:55.26.
For the men in the 200-medley relay, seniors Grant Girten (Blue Ash, Ohio/Sycamore) and Max Penn (Columbus, Ohio/St. Charles Prep.), along with sophomore Dylan Ogle (Simpsonville, S.C./Mauldin) and junior Mac Sognadares (Reston, Va./South Lakes) teamed up for a time of 1:41.74.
Senior Vinnie Zaia (Canton, Mich./Salem) was the top Valpo performer for the women in the 100-free, coming in third-place with a time of 11:31.59. Junior Dylan Kirar (Arvada, Colo./Ralston Valley) made his way into second, posting a time of 10:07.53.
Both Amanda Jenny and Sogandares wound up in second-place in the 200-free for the Crusaders. Jenny had a time of 2:03.09 for the women, while for the men, Sogandares recorded a time of 1:48.81.
In the 100-back, Wright found the wall in second-place with a time just over a minute in 1:00.07. On the men’s side, Harrison Jenny came in fourth when the clock stopped at 58.18.
Another couple of runner-up finishes for the Crusaders came in the 100-breast when Baumgartner was timed at 1:13.54 for the women. Sophomore Adrian Acero (Bogotá, Colombia/Agustiniano Salitre) went a 1:04.14 in the same race for the men.
Recording a time of 2:23.72 in the 200-fly was Martins, who had the top time for the Valpo women, while Ogle was also fourth and had the best time for the men, going 2:09.38.
Sophomore Danielle Richardson (Valparaiso, Ind./Chesterton) was the fastest Crusader in the women’s 50-free, posting a time of 27.57, which was good for fourth. On the men’s side, sophomore Austin Scheer (Indianapolis, Ind./Bishop Chatard) clocked in a 23.41 that put him third overall.
The 100-free saw Wright finish in second-place with a time of 55.65 for the women. Harrison Jenny captured his victory by touching the wall before anyone else in a time of 48.97.
In the 200-back, sophomore Tara Lawson (Mundelein, Ill./Mundelein) registered a time of 2:15.76 that placed her in second. Girten was the top finisher for the Valpo men in fourth, coming in at 2:06.65.
Baumgartner captured another second-place spot when she stopped the waves at 2:40.71 in the 200-breast. In the same race, Sogandares also took second again with a time of 2:20.15 for the men.
Both Amanda Jenny, for the women, and junior Bob Bretl (Wauwatosa, Wis./Marquette University H.S.) for the men, held on for third-place finishes in the 500-free. Jenny went 5:36.16, while Bretl was timed at 5:03.20.
The 100-fly saw Martins seize a third-place finish with a time of 1:03.63 for the Valpo women. The men’s side saw Penn race his way in for fourth, going 58.15.
Lawson came in the fourth spot in the 400-IM. Her time was recorded at 5:01.51. Kirar, for the men, made his way up to second by greeting the wall in 4:18.55.
Both the women’s and men’s 200-free relays posted second-place finishes to end the meet. Wright, Martins, freshman Megan Lugar (Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern), and Amanda Jenny combined for a time of 1:44.09. The male foursome of Sogandares, sophomore Spenser Shaffer (LaPorte, Ind./LaPorte), Penn and Harrison Jenny collected a total time of 1:30.35.
The Crusader swimmers will have a few weeks off before taking a trip up to Kenosha, Wis. for the Carthage Classic at Carthage College from Nov. 30 – Dec. 2.