|Winter sports recap: men's, women's swimming teams shatter school, conference records|
The men’s swimming and diving team took third in the final MIAA standings for the sixth straight year behind Hope and Kalamazoo. Calvin’s total of 418 points at the MIAA Championships was the college’s highest ever, and it marked the first time that Calvin’s men’s swimming and diving team has scored more than 400 points at the league meet. In dual meet competition, Calvin posted an 8-6 overall record and a 4-1 record in MIAA competition. One of Calvin’s victories came against Hope—its first MIAA dual meet victory over the Flying Dutchmen since the 1984-85 season. During the year, Calvin shattered six school records and two MIAA marks. Sophomore Peter Boumgarden (Naperville, Ill.) established new school marks in the 200 butterfly (1:52.62) and 200 individual medley, (1:54.92) while also recording a new MIAA record in the 100 butterfly (49.65). At the MIAA Championships, Boumgarden repeated as league champion in the 100 and 200 butterfly and was second in the 200 individual medley. Calvin’s 800-freestyle relay team, composed of seniors Ryan Johnson (Grand Haven, Mich.) and A.J. Penninga (Grand Rapids), junior Brad White (Traverse City, Mich.) and Boumgarden, also repeated as league champion for the third straight year, clocking an MIAA record time of 6:49.95.
White captured a league title in the 100 freestyle, recording a time of 46.49 at the league meet. He also placed second in the 100 backstroke (52.17) and third in the 50 freestyle (21.36). At the MIAA Championships, Johnson took third in the 200 individual medley with an NCAA III conditional qualifying time of 1:54.92, fourth in the 100 butterfly (51.48) and ninth in the 100 freestyle (47.30). Penninga took third in the 500 freestyle with a school record time of 4:38.37. He also placed third in the 200 freestyle (1:42.01) and fourth in the 100 freestyle (46.82).
Senior Kevin Katerberg (Dayton, Ohio) had a pair of top-six finishes at the MIAA Championships, placing fourth in the 100 breaststroke (1:00.27) and fifth in the 200 breaststroke (2:16.05). Freshman J.D. Schaumberg (Zionsville, Ind.) had a strong showing on the one-meter (370.80) and three-meter (361.70) diving boards. Other top-six individual finishes for the Calvin men at the MIAA Championships included freshman Luke Bagnall’s (Marshalltown, Iowa) time of 4:18.11 in the 400 individual medley, sophomore Ryan Preston’s (Richmond, Ind.) time of 1:01. 62 in the 100 breaststroke and the 2:02.02 clocked by senior Jake VanderPlas (Palo Alto, Calif.) in the 200 backstroke).
Penninga was named to the All-MIAA team for a fourth time, becoming the sixth individual in Calvin men’s swimming and diving history to accomplish the feat. White was named to the All-MIAA team for the third straight year, Boumgarden earned All-MIAA accolades for a second year, and Johnson made All-MIAA for the first time.
Boumgarden also received a significant individual honor during the year when he was named the NCAA III National Swimmer of the Week by College Swimming.com.
Penninga, Boumgarden, White, Johnson and Preston next represented Calvin at the NCAA III Championships, where the Knights finished 12th with 111 points, recording the second-best national finish in school history. Calvin came up with four All-America performances and three honorable mention All-America efforts at the national meet. Two of Calvin’s All-America efforts came from Boumgarden. He took sixth in the 100 butterfly and 200 butterfly events. Calvin’s 400 and 800 freestyle-relay teams also produced All-America performances, both in school-record times. The 400-freestyle relay team took seventh (3:05.02), and the 800-freestyle relay team was fourth (6:49.16). The fourth-place finish by the 800-freestyle relay team of Johnson, Penninga, White and Boumgarden was the highest relay finish in Calvin history. The same quartet also formed Calvin’s 400-freestyle relay team.
Calvin’s 200 medley-relay team of White, Preston, Boumgarden and Johnson took 14th for an honorable mention All-America performance while White, Preston, Boumgarden and Penninga took 12th in the 400-medley relay for another honorable mention All-America performance. Another honorable mention All-America effort came in the 200-freestyle relay as White, Boumgarden, Johnson and Penninga clocked in with a 12th place time of 1:25.07. Calvin’s final honorable mention All-America performance came from Penninga, who was 13th in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:42.15.
The women’s swimming and diving team took second place in the final MIAA standings, recording 521.5 points at the MIAA Championships. Calvin also went 9-6 in dual meet competition during the year, including 5-1 in MIAA competition.
Throughout the year, Calvin shattered eight school and four conference records. Senior Katie Nagelkirk (Zeeland, Mich.) and freshman Abby Johnson (Grand Haven, Mich.) combined to break six individual school records and four MIAA marks. Nagelkirk established school records in the 100 freestyle (52.20) and 200 freestyle (1:53.73). Her time in the 100 freestyle was also a new MIAA record, and she established an MIAA record in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:54.90 at the MIAA Championships.
Johnson established school records in the 100 butterfly (59.15), 200 butterfly (2:10.76), 200 individual medley (2:09.32) and 400 individual medley (4:37.25). Her times in the 200 and 400 individual medley were also new MIAA records.
Nagelkirk, Johnson and seniors Megan Bagnall (Elgin, Ill.) and Anne Kuiper (Houghton, Mich.) shattered a school record in the 400-medley relay with a time of 4:07.23 while Johnson, Kuiper, Nagelkirk and junior Brittney Stevens (Mankato, Minn.) established a Calvin record in the 800-freestyle relay with a time of 7:52.81.
At the MIAA Championships, Calvin took first place in nine events. Nagelkirk took home three individual titles, repeating as league champion in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle. Johnson also claimed three MIAA individual titles, winning the 200 and 400 individual medleys and the 200 butterfly. Junior Sara TerHaar (Bradenton, Fla.) claimed an MIAA title on the three-meter diving board (423.20). Calvin also repeated as league champion in the 400-freestyle relay (3:34.66) and captured first place in the 200-freestyle relay (1:38.74). Calvin’s 200 freestyle relay consisted of Nagelkirk, Stevens, Kuiper and freshman Jen Kool (Holland, Mich.).
Calvin also had several other top-six individual finishes at the MIAA Championships. Kuiper took second in the 100 butterfly (1:01.06) and the 200 breaststroke (2:31.26) and fourth in the 200 individual medley (2:14.89).
Freshman Laura Miersma (Holland, Mich.) took second in the 100 breaststroke (1:09.84), and TerHaar was fourth on the three-meter diving board (356.80). TerHaar was part of a strong Calvin diving contingent as sophomore Anna Battoclette (Cincinnati, Ohio) took fourth on the one-meter board (354.70) and three-meter board (342.70). Freshman Jodie Offringa (Hudsonville, Mich.) was also fifth on the three-meter board (317.60).
Stevens took third in the 200 breaststroke (2:32.05) fourth in the 500 freestyle (5:20.15) and fifth in the 100 breaststroke (1:11.30). Just ahead of Stevens in the 100 breaststroke was senior Deb Knott (Zeeland, Mich.) who took fourth with a time of 1:10.90. Senior Alison Gliesman (Macomb, Mich.) took sixth in the 200 backstroke (2:19.96), while senior Jenny Los (Holland, Mich.) took fourth in the 1,650 freestyle (18:20.75) and fifth in the 500 freestyle (5:21.54). In addition, freshman Lynn Visser (Jenison, Mich.) took fourth in the 1,650 free-style (18:20.75) and third in the 400 individual medley (4:53.17).
Nagelkirk was then named the MIAA’s Most Outstanding Swimmer for the second consecutive year and landed a spot on the All-MIAA team for the fourth year. She is the fifth individual in Calvin women’s swimming and diving history to be named All-MIAA all four years of her swimming career. She was joined on the All-MIAA women’s swimming and diving team by Calvin teammates Johnson, Visser, TerHaar, Stevens and Kuiper. Kuiper received All-MIAA honors for the third time in her career, while Stevens was so honored for the second straight year.
Nagelkirk and Johnson then advanced to the NCAA III Championships, where they helped Calvin finish 34th with 28 points. Nagelkirk captured All-America honors in an individual event for the first time in her career, placing eighth in the 200 freestyle. She also posted an honorable mention All-America swim in the 50 and 100 freestyle, placing 10th in the 50 freestyle and 11th in the 100 freestyle. Johnson also landed an honorable mention All-America berth, placing 13th in the 200 individual medley.
The men’s basketball team finished 16-11 overall and tied for third in the MIAA with a 7-5 conference record. With its 16 victories, Calvin reached the 15-win plateau for the 19th straight year. Calvin opened the year by capturing its own Calvin Tip-Off Tournament for the second straight year, defeating nationally ranked Brockport State of New York in the championship game. Calvin senior Jeremy Veenstra (Kalamazoo, Mich.) was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player and was joined on the all-tournament team by junior teammates Chris Prins (Escondido, Calif.) and Kevin Broene (Grand Rapids).
A highlight of the MIAA season was a 74-70 victory over rival Hope in front of a sell-out crowd of 4,500 fans at the Calvin Fieldhouse in January. Calvin connected on 13 three-point field goals in the win. A mid-season slump dropped Calvin out of contention for the MIAA regular season crown, but the Knights rebounded to win four straight games late in the year, advancing to the MIAA Tournament semifinals. In the semifinals, Calvin dropped a heartbreaking 81-80 overtime decision to Hope. Hope then continued on to win the MIAA Tournament title. Veenstra put on a sensational performance in his final game in a Calvin uniform, scoring 29 points and grabbing a career-high 18 rebounds to notch his 29th career double-double.
Veenstra was then named to the All-MIAA first team for the fourth straight year, becoming just the sixth player in MIAA men’s basketball history to be so honored. In addition, he is only the third player in Calvin men’s basketball history to achieve the distinction; his cousin Mark Veenstra was a four-time first team All-MIAA selection from 1973-1977, while Steve Honderd was also so honored from 1989-1993. Veenstra finished his career third on the Calvin career scoring list with 1,947 points. He also finished second in rebounds (897) third in assists (329) and fourth in blocked shots (124). In 50 conference games, Veenstra finished with 855 points and 373 rebounds, placing him eighth on the MIAA career list for rebounds and 11th in scoring.
Veenstra was later named a fourth team NCAA III All-American by D3hoops.com and was named to the NABC Great Lakes All-Region first team for the third straight year.
Prins and Broene were named to the All-MIAA second team, and senior Rob Dykstra (Byron Center, Mich.) received honorable mention recognition. Prins finished 10th in the MIAA scoring race and led the league in free-throw percentage, converting 34 of 38 attempts for an 89.5 percent clip. With one year of college ball still ahead of him, Prins is closing in on 1,000 points for his career. He currently has 959 career points.
Broene led the Knights in three-point field goals converting 56 of 128 attempts for a 43.8 percent three-point clip which ranks as the eighth-best single-season three-point field goal percentage in Calvin men’s basketball history. In 11 league games, Broene averaged 14.5 points and 3.3 rebounds a game. Broene finished seventh in the MIAA scoring race and sixth in three-point field goal percentage (.466 in league play). He was also fourth in three-point field goals made with 27. Heading into his senior year, Broene is ninth on the Calvin career list in made three-point field goals with 94. In 12 league games, Dykstra finished fifth in the MIAA in rebounding with an average of 6.5 rebounds a game.
The women’s basketball team posted its first winning campaign since the 1999-2000 season, finishing 15-11 overall and fifth in the MIAA with a 6-8 regular season mark. Calvin closed out its season with a 72-67 defeat at Albion in the first round of the MIAA Tournament.
Calvin opened the season by capturing the championship of a tournament hosted by Carnegie-Mellon University, with the Knights defeating the host Spartans 74-70 in the tournament championship game. Senior Emily Beard (Lathrup Village, Mich.) was named the tournament MVP and was joined on the all-tournament team by senior teammate Tricia Dyk (Grand Haven, Mich.).
The Knights then took second at their own Calvin Thanksgiving Tournament and third at another Calvin tournament one week later. Junior center Andrea MacDonald (Allendale, Mich.) and sophomore guard Kristen McDonald (Grand Rapids) were named to the all-tourney team at the Calvin Thanksgiving Tournament. Kristen McDonald was then named to the all-tourney team at the Calvin tournament one week later, after scoring 22 points in a 74-65 upset win over nationally ranked Case Western Reserve in the consolation game.
The victory over Case Western Reserve ignited a five-game win streak for the Knights that included victories over three NCAA III opponents in Southern California over Christmas break. Calvin’s first victory of its Southern California swing was a 60-54 win at the University of LaVerne—a team that later reached the NCAA III Tournament.
During the MIAA season, Calvin was unable to string together more than two victories. The Knights finished tied with Olivet for fifth place in the regular season standings.
Beard was named to the All-MIAA second team and finished her career tied for fourth on the Calvin career list for rebounds with 547 caroms. During the year, she averaged 9.3 points and 8.0 rebounds a game. Beard is just the sixth player in Calvin women’s basketball history to record more than 500 rebounds in a career.
Dyk and junior Kim Wolthuis (Alto, Mich.) received honorable mention recognition from the MIAA coaches. Dyk averaged 8.7 points, 2.5 assists and 2.5 steals-per-game. She led the MIAA for the second straight year in steals with 39 steals in 14 conference games, also finishing tied for 10th in the MIAA in assists-per-game. Dyk closed out her career as the all-time Calvin leader in steals with 273 and was fifth on the Calvin career list in assists with 301. A four-year starter at the point guard position, Dyk started in all 107 games of her collegiate career.Wolthuis averaged 9.0 points and 2.7 re-bounds a game. In conference action, Wolthuis finished seventh in the MIAA in free throw percentage with an 80.0 percent clip. In overall games, Wolthuis had a team-leading 77.2 percent free-throw clip.
In addition, Andrea MacDonald finished among the nation’s leaders in blocked shots, swatting away 82 shots for an average of 3.2 blocks-per-game.
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