For the first time in almost four years, the diving boards in the ARC sprung again in competition.
On Saturday, Valpo swam at home against Saginaw Valley State after a day of traveling from another meet against Rose Hulman in Terra Haute, Ind.
At Rose Hulman, both Valpo’s men’s and women’s teams fell to the Fightin’ Engineers, although the women put up a respectable score of 160-122, winning 11 of the events overall and the men just four.
Saturday’s meet against Saginaw Valley included diving, which Valpo didn’t take part in, although Saginaw had five divers compete in this exhibition.
Overall, both the men’s and women’s teams fell 179 to 76 and 162 to 92, respectively.
On the women’s side of the event, Valpo competed hard for second and third place in the 1000-yard freestyle, 200 free, 200 backstroke, 100 butterfly and the 400 medley.
Valpo placed both first and second in the 200 free relay, with the winning team composed of Paige Wright, Erica Martins, Megan Lugar and anchored by Amanda Jenny. They beat out the second place Valpo squad by six seconds with a time of 1:44.09. Saginaw Valley exhibitioned three teams in this event.
Valpo’s men’s team put up seven second place finishes with two first place times to round out their part of the meet. Harrison Jenny won the 100 free with a time of 48.97, and Dylan Kirar won the 400 medley in 4:18.55.
Mac Sogandares was part of three of the second-place finishes in the 200 backstroke, 200 free and the 200 free relay. The 200 free relay was composed of Sogandares, Spenser Shaffer, Max Penn and Harrison Jenny. They finished with a time of 1:30.35.
Other second place finishes for the men’s team were in the 400 medley by Brendon Johnson, the 1000 free by Dylan Kirar and the 100 breaststroke by Adrian Acero. The men also took second and third place finishes in the 200 yard medley earlier in the meet.
The Crusaders will next compete in the Carthage Classic at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wis. starting on Nov. 30.