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Winter 2002 sports highlights
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All-MIAA
First Team
Peter Boumgarden
A.J. Penninga
Brad White

The men's swimming and diving team under the direction of head coach Dan Gelderloos took third in the final MIAA standings behind Hope and league champion Kalamazoo, marking the fifth consecutive year that the Knights have taken third in the final league standings. During the year, Calvin posted a 6-3 dual meet record. At the MIAA Championships, Calvin posted a three-day total of 370.5 points, 3.5 points better than its total the year before.

At the MIAA Championships, Calvin received two individual championship efforts and one relay championship performance. The Knights also shattered five school records during the championship meet. Freshman Peter Boumgarden (Naperville, Ill.) picked up both of Calvin's individual league crowns as he won the 100 and 200 butterfly events with school-record times. In the 100 butterfly, Boumgarden shattered a four-year old league record as well as his own Calvin record as he took first place with a time of 49.70. On Saturday night, Boumgarden shattered another Calvin record placing first in the 200 butterfly with a school record time of 1:53.45. Boumgarden also established a new Calvin record in the 200 IM placing third with a time of 1:55.64.

Calvin's 800 freestyle relay team also repeated as league champions as it clocked in with a school-record time of 6:51.81, breaking the previous school record by nearly two seconds. The relay team consisted of junior A.J. Penninga (Grand Rapids), Boumgarden, junior Dan Hekman (Calimesa, Calif.) and sophomore Brad White (Traverse City, Mich.). Penninga and White also came up with standout individual performances at the MIAA Championships. Penninga took second in the 100 butterfly with a time of 52.87 and second in the 100 freestyle with a time of 46.40. He also took fourth in the 200 IM with a time of 1:55.81. He led off Calvin's 800 freestyle relay with a school-record time of 1:48.81. Penninga also led off Calvin's 400 freestyle relay that took third with a school-record time of 3:06.47.

White took second in the 100 backstroke with a B' cut qualifying time of 52.61; third in the 100 freestyle with a time of 46.60 and seventh in the 50 freestyle with a time of 21.47. He was also part of Calvin's 400 freestyle relay team and 400 medley relay team. The 400 medley relay squad took second at the MIAA Championships with a school-record time of 3:26.73. Earlier in the year at the Eastern Michigan Invitational, White shattered his own school record in the100 freestyle with a time of 46.21.

Penninga, White and Boumgarden were named to the All-MIAA team with Penninga receiving the honor for the third straight year and White for the second consecutive season.

Freshman Ryan Preston (Richmond, Ind.) also came up with a superb effort at the MIAA Championships as he clocked in with school record times in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events. At the league meet, Preston took fourth in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 59.94 and fourth in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:11.29. Preston was also a member of Calvin's 400 medley relay team along with White, Boumgarden and Penninga. Another notable individual effort came from Hekman in the 1,650 freestyle, as he took third with a time of 16:49.11.

Penninga, Hekman, White, Boumgarden, Preston and freshman Brian Unser (Naperville, Ill.) then qualified for the NCAA III Championships with Unser competing on the 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams. In addition, Calvin had qualifiers in three individual events—its highest total in Calvin men's swimming and diving history. top of page

All-MIAA
First Team
Kate Conrad
Erin Kloostra
Mara McGuin
Katie Nagelkirk
Brittney Stevens

The women's swimming and diving team directed by head coach Dan Gelderloos took first in the final MIAA standings. During the year, Calvin posted a 7-3 dual meet record and then took second at the MIAA Championships with a three-day total of 502 points, marking the third consecutive year that Calvin cracked the 500-point plateau.

At the league championships, Calvin received four individual championship performances as well as two championship finishes in the relay events. Junior Katie Nagelkirk (Zeeland, Mich.) captured three MIAA titles for the Knights as she took first place in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle events while junior Mara McGuin (Oak Park, Ill.) turned in a championship performance in the 400 IM. In the 50 freestyle, Nagelkirk took first place with a school and MIAA record time of 24.03. In the 100 freestyle, Nagelkirk took first with a school record time of 52.87 and then won the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:55.83. She then lowered her school record in the 50 freestyle with a lead-off leg of 23.97 in Calvin's first-place 200 freestyle relay team that clocked in with a school and MIAA record time of 1:36.82. Nagelkirk was joined on the 200 freestyle relay by seniors Erin Kloostra (Grand Rapids) and Kate Conrad (Grandville, Mich.) and sophomore Brittney Stevens (Mankato, Minn.).

McGuin took first place in the 400 IM with a time of 4:46.94, becoming the third individual in Calvin women's swimming and diving history to take first place in the event at the MIAA Championships. McGuin also took third in the 200 IM (2:14.36) and fourth in the 200 butterfly (2:20.89) while swimming legs on Calvin's 400 freestyle relay team as well as its 400 medley and 800 freestyle relay teams.

Other notable individual efforts at the MIAA Championships included the sprinting of Kloostra and Conrad. Kloostra took third in the 50 freestyle (24.75) and 100 freestyle (54.26) while Conrad was fourth in the 50 freestyle (25.04) and fifth in the 100 freestyle (54.46). Stevens was strong for Calvin in the breaststroke events, taking second in the 200 breaststroke (2:30.43) and fourth in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:10.58. She also added a sixth place time of 5:25.65 in the 500 freestyle.
Calvin's diving contingent was also strong at the MIAA Championships. In the one-meter competition, Calvin recorded a 2-4-9 performance as freshman Melissa Huffman (Bay Cit, Mich.) was second (349.05); sophomore Sara TerHaar (Bradenton, Fla.) was fourth (343.80) and freshman Anna Battoclotte (Cincinnati, Ohio) was ninth (283.10). In the three-meter competition, Calvin again went 2-4-9 with Huffman taking second (386.30); TerHaar fourth (355.80) and Battoclotte ninth (298.25).

Calvin then placed five individuals on the All-MIAA team with Nagelkirk named the MIAA's Most Valuable Swimmer, becoming the first individual in Calvin women's swimming and diving history to be so honored. She was also named to the All-MIAA team for the third straight year. Joining Nagelkirk on the All-MIAA women's swimming and diving team from Calvin were Kloostra, Conrad, McGuin and Stevens. Kloostra became just the fourth swimmer in Calvin women's swimming and diving history to receive All-MIAA accolades four times in her career. Conrad received All-MIAA honors for the third straight year while McGuin made her second straight appearance on the All-MIAA team with Stevens making her first. All five individuals then advanced to the NCAA III Championships. top of page

All-MIAA
First Team
Chris Prins
Jeremy Veenstra

The men's basketball team under the leadership of head coach Kevin Vande Streek captured its fourth straight MIAA title including its third straight outright crown as the Knights finished 20-7 overall and 9-3 in the MIAA. The league crown was Calvin's 27th overall while the Knights also reached the 20-win plateau for the 13th time in school history and for the third straight year. Calvin opened the year by winning its own Calvin Tip-Off Tournament and proceeded to build a 9-3 non-conference record through the Christmas break.

The Knights stumbled during the first two-and-a-half weeks of the MIAA season, dropping early games to Kalamazoo and Albion to fall to 2-2 in the league race. The Knights then traveled to the Holland Civic Center where they recorded a momentum-building 70-68 victory over rival Hope College. Calvin would then win six of its final seven league games including an MIAA-title clinching 69-55 win at Alma in its regular season finale to finish one game ahead of Hope and Kalamazoo. Calvin then hosted the MIAA Tournament the following week and opened with a 69-61 semifinal win over Albion to advance to the MIAA Tournament Championship game for the third straight year. In the final, Calvin could not get past rival Hope for a third time however as the Flying Dutchmen defeated the Knights 70-63 to gain the MIAA's automatic bid to the NCAA III Tournament.

Calvin placed four players on the All-MIAA teams with junior forward Jeremy Veenstra (Kalamazoo, Mich.) receiving the league's MVP award for the second consecutive year. Veenstra was also named to the All-MIAA first team for the third straight year and was joined on the first team by sophomore forward Chris Prins (Escondido, Calif.). Named to the All-MIAA second team from Calvin were junior forward Rob Dykstra (Byron Center, Mich.) and sophomore guard Kevin Broene (Grand Rapids, Mich.). In league play, Veenstra finished second in the MIAA scoring race with 186 points for an average of 15.5 points a game. He also finished second in the league in blocked shots-per-game (1.75) and third in rebounding average (7.8). Over the course of the year, Veenstra had nine double-double efforts to boost his career total to 23 double-doubles. He also scored in double-figures in all 27 of Calvin's games this year to extend his double-figure scoring streak to 45 games. He was named MIAA Player of the Week four times.

The first third-generation player in Calvin men's basketball history, Broene finished one free throw away from breaking his father Greg's school record for single-season free throw percentage. As a senior during the 1973-74 season, Greg Broene connected on 46-of-50 free throw attempts to establish a Calvin single season record of 92 percent. This year, his son Kevin Broene connected on 81-of-90 free throw attempts for a sparkling 91 percent free throw clip. In league games, Broene was 33-of-36 for an MIAA-leading free throw percentage of 91.7 percent.

Also receiving honorable mention recognition from the MIAA coaches was Calvin
senior Jon Potvin (Gladstone, Mich.) who served as a team co-captain with Veenstra during the year.
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The women's basketball team under the leadership of head coach Kim Gall finished 12-13 overall and tied for fourth in the final MIAA regular season standings as the Knights finished 7-7 in conference play. Calvin then bowed out of the MIAA Tournament with a 64-54 first round loss at Albion.

Calvin opened the year by winning five of its first seven games. Included in the seven-game stretch was a 67-58 victory over Aquinas in the consolation game of the Grand Rapids Press Tournament. The game was played at the Van Andel Arena in downtown Grand Rapids, marking the first small college women's basketball game at the 11,442 seat facility. Calvin capped off the seven-game stretch by capturing the championship of the Lake Erie College Tournament, defeating Washington & Jefferson and host Lake Erie College. Junior guard Tricia Dyk (Grand Haven, Mich.) was named the tournament's MVP while Senior Kendra Toonstra (Grandville, Mich.) was also named to the all-tournament team. The Knights then dropped their next three contests including four of the next five to fall to the .500 mark on the season. A three-game win streak late in the year allowed the Knights to improve to 12-10 overall and to 7-5 in the conference. Calvin then dropped its final three games of the year, falling to Hope and Alma in MIAA regular season contests, and then to Albion in the first round of the MIAA Tournament.

Dyk was named to the All-MIAA second team. In league games, Dyk averaged 9.3 points a game and led the MIAA in assists and steals with 60 assists and 40 steals for averages of 4.3 assists and 2.8 steals-per-game. During the year, she received MIAA Player of the Week honors for the first time in her collegiate basketball career.
Also receiving honorable mention recognition from the MIAA coaches from Calvin were junior Emily Beard and sophomores Katie Corner and Kim Wolthuis. Beard is a 6-0 center from Lathrup, Mich., who prepped at Southfield Christian High School. She averaged 7.3 points and a team-leading 7.5 rebounds a game while also swatting away a team-leading 43 blocked shots. Corner is a 5-10 forward from Grand Rapids who graduated from Catholic Central High School. A first-year starter, Corner averaged 7.9 points and 5.5 rebounds a game for the Knights while connecting on 46.7 percent of her field goal attempts. Wolthuis is from Alto. Mich., and is a graduate of South Christian High School. The backcourt partner of Dyk this year, Wolthuis finished second on the Calvin squad in scoring at 8.4 points a game. She also collected 55 steals for an average of 2.2 steals-per-game.
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