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February 15, 2013

Three more men's school records fall

Sophomore Aaron Holt led off Augustana's school-record performance in the 200 medley relay Friday at the CCIW Championships in Wheaton, Illinois.

WHEATON, Ill.- Sophomore Aaron Holt (Mt. Vernon HS, Mt. Vernon, Ill.) led off a school-record performance by the Augustana 200 medley relay team Friday at the CCIW Championships. That was one of three school standards that fell on the men's side, as junior Justin Reppy (Oswego HS, Oswego, Ill.) broke the 200 freestyle mark and anchored a record-setting effort in the 800 freestyle relay. The Vikings remain in fourth place heading into Saturday's third and final day of swimming competition.

For the second straight day, Reppy broke one of his own school records in both the preliminaries and finals. His 1:43.98 in Friday's 200 freestyle prelims beat the school-record 1:44.15 that earned him the 2011 CCIW title. Then, in the finals, he claimed his second conference championship of this year's meet with a new Augustana standard of 1:42.75. He also anchored the Viking 800 freestyle relay unit that finished second in a school-record 7:00.56. Junior Daniel Hinck (Harlem HS, Loves Park , Ill.), sophomore Michael Duy (Marmion Academy, Aurora, Ill.) and freshman David Sommers (Westlake HS, Thousand Oaks, Calif.) swam the first three legs. Hinck and Reppy also swam lead-off and anchor on the previous school record of 7:05.28, set in 2011. Sommers and Hinck joined Holt and freshman Felipe Hernandez (United Township HS, East Moline, Ill.) to break the school mark in the 200 medley relay with a third-place 1:36.16, bettering the 2012 record by five one-hundredths of a second.  

Holt swam a :52.64 to take third in the 100 backstroke and his :51.70 in the 100 butterfly earned him fifth place, one spot behind teammate Sommers (:51.38). Viking frosh Kyle Johnson (Shadow Mountain HS, Phoenix, Ariz.), Hernandez and Austin Small (Morris HS, Morris, Ill.) finished seventh, 10th and 15th in the 100 backstroke with times of :54.68, :55.83 and :58.53, respectively.  

Duy (1:46.25) and Hinck (1:45.53) finished seventh and 12th, respectively in the 200 freestyle. Duy reached the championship final, while Hinck's time came in the consolation final.  

In the 400 individual medley, freshman Adam Bernardi (Boylan Catholic HS, Belvidere, Ill.) was 11th in 4:20.93 and junior Jasen Hengst (Bettendorf HS, Bettendorf, Iowa) 15th in 4:30.42. In the 100 breaststroke, junior Ryan Chaney (Pleasant Valley HS, Bettendorf, Iowa) was 15th in 1:04.38 and Bernardi 16th in 1:04.87.  

With one day of swimming remaining, Wheaton is the leader in the team standings with 591 points. Carthage (519) leads Rose-Hulman (511) in a tight battle for second. Augustana sits in fourth at 352, followed by Illinois Wesleyan (197), North Central (116) and Millikin (107).