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April 1, 2003

2002-03 MEN'S SWIMMING REVIEW

2002-03 MEN’S SWIMMING REVIEW

 

Matt Simcock leads assault on record books as Vikings enjoy watery success

 

Junior Matt Simcock (Naperville Central HS, Naperville, IL) made his presence felt in a big way during the 2002-03 men’s swimming & diving season at Augustana. During his first two seasons Simcock had been one of the team’s leaders, winning the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin championship in the 50 freestyle during his sophomore season. This past year he stepped it up even more and as a result, he is now a school record holder in five different events.

 

Coming into his junior year he already owned a pair of school records (50 & 100 freestyles) but now his name is all over the charts. It was at the CCIW championships on February 13-15 at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois where he really exploded. After a solid season he really got after it in the CCIW meet. While unable to repeat his conference championship performance of a year earlier, Simcock took down five school records in a matter of three days.

 

He broke his own school records in the 50 and 100 freestyle, going :21.01 in the 50 and :46.86 in the 100, erasing his previous marks of :21.32 and :47.46. He finished third in the 50 and second in the 100. In the 100 backstroke he recorded a time of :53.59 as the leadoff leg in the 400 medley relay. That broke the old school record of :53.67 set by Scott Power back in 1994.

 

For good measure he also swam the anchor legs on both the 200 and 400 freestyle relays and helped both teams establish new school records. In the 200 he joined Craig Kreutzer (McHenry HS, McHenry, IL), Ryan Kinslow (Niles West HS, Skokie, IL) and Nick Gehl (Neuqua Valley HS, Naperville, IL) to stop the watches at 1:25.35. That broke the old record of 1:28.01 set by Nick Tarpein, Chris Sweet, Jake Miller and Simcock in 2001. The 400 freestyle relay was the same four – Kreutzer, Kinslow, Gehl and Simcock – and the time of 3:11.4 brought down the old mark of 3:13.75 set in 1984 by Steve Eckberg, Bob Sarussi, Scott Power and Wade Mathis.

 

Simcock’s performance at the CCIW championship was good enough to qualify him for the NCAA Division III national meet, which was held at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia on March 20-22. While not placing, he gained valuable experience that will undoubtedly help him as he heads into his senior year in 2003-04.

 

There were 10 other revisions to the school’s top 10 career top times list during the season. Kinslow moved into fourth in the 50 freestyle (:21.84), fourth in the 100 freestyle (:47.95), second in the 200 freestyle (1:45.78) and fifth in the 100 butterfly (:53.73). Kreutzer is now seventh on the 50 freestyle list with his :22.31 and sixth in the 100 freestyle with a time of :49.11. Ken Goebel (Naperville Central HS, Naperville, IL) moved to fifth in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.54) and third in the 200 breaststroke (2:16.26). Gehl now owns the third fastest 100 butterfly time in Augustana history at :53.07 and the sixth best in the 200 individual medley at 2:02.38.

 

The Vikings were under the direction of first year head coach Gary Ackerson this past year and they recorded a dual meet record of 4-3. They placed fifth in the CCIW championship with 230 points. Throughout the year the Blue & Gold were consistent, placing third in the Illinois Wesleyan Invitational, second in the Augustana Invitational, second in the North Central Invitational, third in the Grinnell Invitational and winning the Beloit Invitational.

 

Simcock had the best time on the team in five individual events (50, 100 & 500 freestyle; 100 & 200 backstroke) and was on four of the five fastest relay teams. Gehl owned the best times in four events (1650 freestyle, 100 & 200 butterfly, and 200 individual medley). He was also on four of the five fastest relay teams.  Goebel recorded the top times in the 100 & 200 breaststrokes and the 400 individual medley. Kinslow had the best time in the 200 freestyle and Eric Moldenhauer (Springfield Southeast HS, Springfield, IL) was the fastest in the 1000 freestyle.

 

2003 AUGUSTANA SWIMMING SUPERLATIVES

Dual Meet Record: 4-3

Team champions at Beloit Invitational

School Record 50 Freestyle: :21.01 by Matt Simcock on February 13 in Wheaton, Illinois

School Record 100 Freestyle: :46.86 by Matt Simcock on February 15 in Wheaton, Illinois

School Record 100 Backstroke: :53.59 by Matt Simcock on February 14 in Wheaton, Illinois

School Record 200 Freestyle Relay: 1:25.35 by Craig Kreutzer, Ryan Kinslow, Nick Gehl & Matt Simcock on February 13 in Wheaton, Illinois

School Record 400 Freestyle Relay: 3:11.64 by Craig Kreutzer, Ryan Kinslow, Nick Gehl & Matt Simcock on February 13 in Wheaton, Illinois

Team MVP: Matt Simcock

Most Improved Performer: Troy Munson

Hardest Worker: Ryan Kinslow

 

2003 CCIW MEN’S SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

February 13-15 *** Wheaton, Illinois

 

TEAM SCORES

 

PLACE

SCHOOL

POINTS

1.

Wheaton

687

2.

Illinois Wesleyan

392

3.

Carthage

384

4.

Millikin

307

5.

Augustana

230

6.

North Central

114

 

INDIVIDUAL EVENT WINNERS

 

EVENT

WINNER

TIME

200 FREESTYLE RELAY

Wheaton

1:23.49 **meet record**

 

John Glass, Phillip Denby, Sam Gyorfi, Paul Gyorfi

 

500 FREESTYLE

Jared Giuffre, Millikin

4:42.99

200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY

Tyler Dobelbower, Wheaton

1:55.05

50 FREESTYLE

Sam Gyorfi, Wheaton

:21.07

400 MEDLEY RELAY

Wheaton

3:29.42

 

Tyler Dobelbower, Dustin Guidry, Mark Anderson, Paul Gyorfi

 

200 MEDLEY RELAY

Wheaton

1:33.35 **meet record**

 

Sam Gyorfi, Dustin Guidry, Paul Gyorfi, John Glass

 

400 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY

Nathaniel Chapman, Carthage

4:09.89

100 BUTTERFLY

Paul Gyorfi, Wheaton

:50.58

200 FREESTYLE

Ben Cramer, Wheaton

1:45.16

100 BREASTSTROKE

Thomas Sur, Millikin

:57.96 **meet record**

100 BACKSTROKE

Tyler Dobelbower, Wheaton

:53.13

800 FREESTYLE RELAY

Wheaton

6:59.61

 

Tyler Dobelbower, Danny Linn, Ben Cramer, Paul Gyorfi

 

1650 FREESTYLE

Jason Ozbolt, Illinois Wesleyan

16:26.16

200 BACKSTROKE

Nathaniel Chapman, Carthage

1:53.38

100 FREESTYLE

Paul Gyorfi, Wheaton

:46.61

200 BREASTSTROKE

Thomas Sur, Millikin

2:06.72

200 BUTTERFLY

Paul Yemm, Millikin

1:52.72 **meet record**

400 FREESTYLE RELAY

Wheaton

3:10.15

 

Tyler Dobelbower, Mark Anderson, Sam Gyorfi, John Glass

 

 

Most Valuable Performer – Paul Gyorfi, Wheaton