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Winter sports roundup: Hoops teams win championships
Senior Kim Wolthuis (Alto, Mich.) drives to the basket.

Led by first-year head coach John Ross, the women’s basketball team captured its first MIAA regular season title since the 1998-1999 season — the 10th in school history. Calvin finished the year 13-1 in MIAA regular season play to capture the outright league crown, snapping Hope College’s four-year stranglehold on the league crown. Calvin finished the year 23-4 overall, recording the seventh 20-win season, in school history. The Knights also achieved their first national ranking since the 1999-2000 season, as they were ranked 24th by heading into the MIAA tournament.

Calvin was able to reach the MIAA tournament championship game but fell to Albion 49-45, giving the Britons the league’s automatic berth to the NCAA III tournament.

Calvin opened the year by winning the North Central Tip-Off Tournament, with junior Kristen McDonald (Grand Rapids, Mich.) and freshman Lisa Winkle (Grand Rapids, Mich.) both named to the all-tournament team. Calvin then dropped its next three games to fall one game below .500. Included in the losing skid was a 78-61 defeat to rival Hope.

The Knights then reversed their fortunes, ripping off a 21-game win streak — one short of matching the Calvin single-season record. A highlight was a 74-62 victory at nationally ranked Hope, snapping a nine-game losing streak against the Flying Dutch.

Tied with Hope for first place in the MIAA standings heading into the final regular season game of the year, Calvin clinched the outright title with a victory at Adrian, while Hope suffered a defeat at Albion.

The win gave Calvin a school single-season record for conference victories. During the regular season, McDonald was named MIAA Player of the Week three times, with Winkle receiving the award once and also landing a spot on the Team of the Week. McDonald ranked among the nation’s leaders in three-point field-goal percentage and three-point field goals made per game. Winkle ranked among the nation’s leaders in field-goal percentage and blocked shots per game.

McDonald and Winkle were both named to the All-MIAA first team, while senior Kim Wolthuis (Alto, Mich.) was named to the second team. Junior Lisa Nanninga (Grand Rapids, Mich.) received honorable mention recognition from the MIAA coaches. Ross was also named MIAA Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year, becoming the first coach from Calvin to receive the award.

Under the direction of head coach Kevin Vande Streek, the men’s basketball team returned to the NCAA III tournament for the first time since 2001 and for the 14th time in school history, as the Knights captured the MIAA tournament title to gain the league’s automatic bid. Calvin defeated Adrian 93-67 in the MIAA tournament championship game and, in doing so, became the first number-three seed to win the league tournament. The tournament title was Calvin’s fifth and its first since the 2000-2001 season.

Calvin finished the year with a 19-10 overall record. The Knights were defeated by John Carroll University 88-77 in a first-round NCAA III tournament game. John Carroll would later advance to the Final Four of the NCAA III tournament. During the MIAA regular season, Calvin posted an 8-4 conference mark to finish third in the final league standings.

Beset by several early-season injuries and a lineup filled with new players, Calvin opened the year by winning just four of its first eight games but then won 15 of its next 19, as the Knights gained continuity.

Coach Vande Streek picked up his 250th collegiate coaching victory during the year. Seniors Chris Prins (Escondido, Calif.) and Kevin Broene (Grand Rapids, Mich.) also reached career milestones during the season, both surpassing the 1,000-point plateau for their careers. Prins concluded his career with 1,355 points, ranking ninth on the Calvin career scoring list, while Broene finished with 1,043 points to finish 15th on the Calvin charts.

Prins was named to the All-MIAA first team along with junior newcomer Dan Aultman (Ludington, Mich.). A 6’ 8” forward, Aultman led the Knights in scoring, with an average of 16.5 points per game. He finished second in the MIAA scoring race, just two points away from winning the league scoring crown.

Broene was named to the All-MIAA second team for the third straight year, while senior center Ryan Smalligan (East Grand Rapids, Mich.) was also named to the All-MIAA second team. A 6’ 8” center, Smalligan led the Knights in rebounding and blocked shots, finishing his career sixth on the Calvin career list in blocked shots, with 88.

During the season, Aultman was named MIAA Player of the Week twice, while Prins, Smalligan and junior point guard Ricky Shilts (Kalamazoo, Mich.) each received the award once.

Alex Wilson
Alex Wilson (Ellsworth, Ohio) placed fourth in the 400 IM and sixth in the 200 IM at the MIAA championships.

The women’s swimming and diving team recorded an 8-3 record in dual meet competition, 5-1 in MIAA competition. The Knights took second at the MIAA championships with 422 points, earning them second place in the final MIAA standings.

Over the course of the season, Calvin shattered nine school records — seven in individual events. Freshman Rebekah Weima (Caledonia, Mich.) shattered six of the seven individual records, establishing new marks in the 50 freestyle (23.79), 100 freestyle (51.38), 200 freestyle (1:50.86), 500 freestyle (5:00.41), 200 backstroke (2:13.88) and 100 butterfly (58.47). Sophomore Abby Johnson (Grand Haven, Mich.) also posted a school-record performance in the 200 butterfly (2:09.32).

At the MIAA championships, Calvin’s 400-medley relay team of Johnson, freshman Liz Ingebrigtsen (Bensenville, Ill.), freshman Barbara Frazier (Placerville, Calif.) and Weima clocked in with a school-record time of 4:02.48, while Calvin’s 800-freestyle relay team of Johnson, Weima, senior Brittney Stevens (Mankato, Minn.) and senior Ginni Bakker (Portage, Mich.) posted a school record time of 7:48.49.

At the MIAA championships, Calvin received MIAA titles from Weima in the 100 and 200 freestyle and from senior Sara TerHaar (Bradenton, Fla.) in the three-meter diving competition, with TerHaar repeating as league champion in the event. Weima also shattered MIAA records in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle at the league meet.

Calvin also had several other top-six individual finishes, with Johnson taking second in the 200 IM and 400 IM and third in the 200 butterfly. Stevens was also in the finals in several events, taking second in the 200 breaststroke and third in the 500 butterfly. Baker took sixth in the 500 freestyle and fourth in the 1,650 freestyle. Freshman Alex Wilson (Ellsworth,Ohio) was fourth in the 400 IM and sixth in the 200 IM, while Frazier was sixth in the 400 IM, 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke. Sophomore Lynn Visser (Jenison, Mich.) took fifth place in the 1,650 freestyle, with Ingebrigtsen finishing fifth in the 100 backstroke.

In the diving competition, TerHaar also placed second on the one-meter board, while sophomore Julie Erickson (Libertyville, Ill.) was sixth on the three-meter and one-meter boards.

Stevens, TerHaar, Johnson, Wilson and Weima were all named to the All-MIAA team, with Stevens receiving the honor for the third straight year, while Johnson and TerHaar were honored for the second straight year.

Weima was selected as the MIAA’s MVP, becoming the first freshman in MIAA women’s swimming and diving history to receive the honor.

At the NCAA III swimming and diving championships, Calvin took 24th, with 45 points, for the fourth-best performance in school history. Weima led the Knights with three All-American finishes, taking sixth in the 500 freestyle, fourth in the 100 freestyle and second in the 200 freestyle. Johnson also represented Calvin at the national meet, competing in the 200 IM, 400 IM and 200 butterfly. TerHaar competed on the one- and three-meter boards.

Ryan Preston
Ryan Preston (Richmond, Ind.) finished fifth in the 100 breaststroke and sixth in the200 breaststroke at the conference meet.

The men’s swimming and diving team posted a 4-6 dual meet record, going 3-2 in MIAA competition. Under the direction of head coach Dan Gelderloos, the Knights then took fourth at the MIAA championships with 291 points to take fourth in the final MIAA standings.

Calvin picked up a pair of MIAA titles at the league meet. Junior Peter Boumgarden (Naperville, Ill.) repeated as league champion in both the 100 and 200 butterfly events. Boumgarden’s league title in the 100 butterfly was his third straight. Boumgarden also took third in the 200 IM and anchored Calvin’s 800-freestyle relay team that took second.

Senior Brad White (Traverse City, Mich.) also had a strong conference meet, taking second in the 200 freestyle and third in the 50 and 100 freestyle. He was also a member of Calvin’s 800- freestyle relay team. Sophomore Luke Bagnall (Marshalltown, Iowa) and freshman Peter Tuuk (Grand Rapids, Mich.) were also members of Calvin’s 800-freestyle relay team. Bagnall posted three top-six finishes at the league meet, placing third in the 400 IM and fourth in the 200 IM and 200 backstroke. Tuuk collected a fourth-place finish in the 200 freestyle.

Junior Ryan Preston (Richmond, Ind.) added top-six finishes in the 100 and 200 breaststroke, finishing fifth in the 100 breaststroke and sixth in the 200 breaststroke.

Boumgarden and White were named to the All-MIAA team, with Boumgarden receiving the award for the third straight year and White for the fourth straight year. White is the seventh four-time All-MIAA selection from Calvin in men’s swimming and diving.

Boumgarden then represented Calvin at the national meet and posted an All-American finish in the 100 butterfly for the third straight year, placing seventh. Boumgarden also took 15th in the 200 IM, enabling Calvin to place 40th in the final team standings, with 14 points.