|Winter Sports Recap - Three teams advance topostseason competition|
Led by Coach John Ross, the women’s basketball team had a landmark year, establishing a Calvin single-season record for victories, finishing 28-3 overall. Calvin also captured its second MIAA regular-season title in the last four years and its 10th overall, finishing 16-0 in league play. Calvin is just the second team in MIAA women’s basketball history to finish 16-0 in conference action.
During the year, Calvin reached as high as second in the national polls, marking its highest-ever national ranking.
Calvin opened the year by winning the Elmhurst Tip-Off Tournament and later captured the Cal-Lutheran Posada Royale Tournament over Christmas break. In January, Calvin snapped the 44-game win streak of rival Hope and handed the Flying Dutch their first-ever defeat at DeVos Field-house, garnering national attention from USA Today.
Calvin later clinched the MIAA regular-season title with a 63-58 overtime victory over Hope in front of nearly 2,000 Calvin Homecoming fans at the Calvin Fieldhouse. Two weeks later, Hope came back to edge Calvin 71-68 in the MIAA tournament championship game but the Knights advanced to their 11th NCAA III Tournament by way of an at-large bid. Playing without two of its top three scorers due to season-ending injuries, Calvin still managed to reach the NCAA III quarterfinals for the second time in three years.
Calvin’s NCAA III Tournament run opened with a 53-38 first-round win over Thomas More College (Ky.) and continued with a scintillating 73-67 second-round win at Wilmington College (Ohio), as Calvin overcame a 13-point second-half deficit to pull out the win. Calvin then topped the University of Southern Maine 60-56 in a national semifinal game before bowing to eventual national champion DePauw University 74-61 in the quarterfinals.
At the conclusion of the year, Calvin senior Lisa Winkle (Grand Rapids, Mich.) was named a Division III Kodak All-American, becoming the first player in Calvin women’s basketball history to receive the award. Winkle was a consensus All-American choice as she was also named an All-American by D3hoops.com and by Women’s Division III News. During the year, Winkle became Calvin’s career leader in points and rebounds, finishing with 1,721 points and 1,034 rebounds. In addition, Winkle was named the Great Lakes Region Player of the Year by D3hoops.com and was named to the Great Lakes All-Region first team. D3hoops.com named sophomore Marcia Harris (Grand Rapids, Mich.) to the Great Lakes All-Region third team.
Winkle was also named the MIAA’s Most Valuable Player and earned a spot on the All-MIAA first team, becoming the first player in MIAA women’s basketball history to earn a spot on the first team four straight years. Winkle was joined on the All-MIAA first team for the second straight year by Harris, while sophomore Kristi Brummel (Byron Center, Mich.) was named to the All-MIAA second team.
Both the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and D3hoops.com named Ross the Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year. In four years as head coach, Ross has compiled a win-loss record of 99-16.
Under the direction of Coach Kevin Vande Streek, the men’s basketball team finished 19-10 overall and advanced to the NCAA III Tournament for the fourth straight year. Calvin gained a bid to the NCAA III Tournament by winning its third MIAA tournament title in the last four years and its eighth overall. Calvin defeated rival Hope 78-76 in the MIAA tournament championship game on a shot by senior Derek Griffin (Whitehall, Mich.) in the closing seconds.
Calvin and Hope met a record five times during the 2006–07 season with Hope winning the first two meetings, Calvin the next two meetings and Hope the fifth and final meeting of the season. After 84 years and 166 meetings between the two rivals, the series is deadlocked 83-83.
Calvin opened NCAA III Tournament play with a 69-68 upset victory at nationally ranked Aurora University (Ill.). The following night, Calvin and Hope met in the second round of the NCAA III Tournament on the campus of Aurora, with Hope securing an 80-64 victory.
An early season highlight came in Calvin’s own tip-off tournament with the Knights winning the tournament for the third straight year. Sophomore Caleb Veldhouse (Sioux Falls, S.D.) was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player and was joined on the all-tournament team by senior teammate Josh Meckes (Bay City, Mich.).
Veldhouse and Griffin were named to the All-MIAA first team while Meckes earned a spot on the All-MIAA second team. Veldhouse was later named to the D3hoops.com Great Lakes All-Region third team and was named an honorable mention All-American by Division III News.
Led by Coach Dan Gelderloos, the women’s swimming and diving team earned its third consecutive MIAA title and its fifth overall. During the dual-meet portion of the schedule, Calvin established a school record for victories in a season, finishing 12-1 overall, including a 6-0 record against MIAA competition. Over the course of the season, Calvin broke nine school records.
At the MIAA swimming and diving championships held in mid-February at the Jenison Aquatic Center, Calvin racked up a first-place total of 675.5 points. The point total was the second-highest in MIAA women’s swimming and diving history, surpassed only by the 722 points produced by Hope in 1994.
At the meet’s conclusion, Calvin senior Becky Weima (Caledonia, Mich.) was named the MIAA’s Most Outstanding Swimmer for the fourth time, becoming the first individual in MIAA women’s swimming and diving history to achieve the feat. At the conference meet, Weima took first in the 100-meter freestyle (52.19), 200 freestyle (1:50.56) and 500 freestyle (5:01.21), winning the 100 and 200 freestyle events for the fourth straight year. For her efforts at the conference meet, Collegeswimming.com named Weima the Division III National Swimmer of the Week for the third time in her career.
Sophomore diver Erica Deur (Holland, Mich.) was a double winner, taking first place on the one- and three-meter boards. Deur broke a pair of MIAA records in both events, posting a score of 489.25 points on the three-meter board and a score of 478.20 points on the one-meter board. Deur was then named the MIAA’s Most Outstanding Diver for the second straight year. Freshman Katie White (Leland, Mich.) was another double winner for Calvin, winning the 50 freestyle (23.86) and 100 breaststroke (1:05.17), with her time in the 100 breaststroke an MIAA record time. Senior Alex Wilson (Ellsworth, Ohio) was yet another double winner for the Knights, taking first in the 200 individual medley (2:08.93) and 200 breaststroke (2:23.44). Her time in the 200 IM was an MIAA record time.
Calvin also took first in all five relay events. Its 200 freestyle relay of Weima, White, junior Kati Vinson (Kaneohe, Hawaii) and sophomore Cara VanWoerkom (Wyoming, Mich.) won with an MIAA record time of 1:34.39, while the 400 medley relay team of sophomore Jordan Scott (Oakville, Ont.), freshman Emily Roberts (DeKalb, Ill.), sophomore Julie Wolfe (Westerville, Ohio) and Weima took first with a time of 3:56.58. Calvin’s 200 medley relay team of Scott, Roberts, Wolfe and White took first in an MIAA record time of 1:48.64, while the 800 freestyle relay team of junior Stephanie Duncan (Long Grove, Ill.), VanWoerkom, freshman Laura Price (Warren, Pa.) and Weima had an MIAA record time of 7:40.66. In addition, Calvin’s 400 freestyle relay team of Vinson, White, Duncan and Weima took first with an MIAA record time of 3:29.12.
Taking second for Calvin at the MIAA championships were Vinson in the 50 freestyle (24.05), Wilson in the 400 IM (4:37.15), Duncan in the 200 freestyle (1:54.36), Roberts in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.70), White in the 100 freestyle (52.52), Roberts in the 200 breaststroke (2:26.41) and freshman Casey Herman (Libertyville, Ill.) in the one-meter diving board (424.75).
Weima and Wilson were named to the All-MIAA team for a fourth straight year while Duncan and Vinson were so honored for the third straight year. Deur and senior Barbara Gluvers (Placerville, Calif.) were named to the All-MIAA team for the second time in their careers, while Roberts and White received the honor for the first time.
Calvin then sent a record 12 individuals, including two divers, to the NCAA III Swimming and Diving Championships in Houston, Texas. At the national meet, Calvin took fourth with 251 points, marking its highest-ever national finish. Calvin produced 11 NCAA III All-American (top eight) performances at the national meet and six NCAA III honorable mention All-American (places nine through 16) berths.
Weima and Deur claimed individual national titles, with Weima winning the 200 freestyle for the third straight year, recording a first-place time of 1:49.79. She also took second in the 50 freestyle (23.38) and hird in the 100 freestyle (51.16). She concluded her collegiate career as a five-time national champion and a 21-time NCAA III All-American. Deur raised her career All-American berths to four, winning the one-meter diving competition with an NCAA III Championships record total of 487 points and taking second on the one-meter board with 476.10 points.
Roberts took third in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.52), while White was seventh in the 50 freestyle (24.13). Calvin also had four All-American performances in the relay events as the 200 freestyle relay team of Weima, White, VanWoerkom and Vinson took second (1:34.07), the 400 freestyle relay team of Vinson, White, Duncan and Weima took third (3:30.42), the 800 freestyle relay team of Duncan, Weima, Price and VanWoerkom took fourth (7:33.23) and the 200 medley relay team of Scott, Roberts, Wolfe and Vinson took fifth (1:47.88).
Wilson added a pair of honorable mention All-American efforts, taking 10th in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.47) and 13th in the 200 breaststroke (2:22.94). Other honorable mention All-American efforts included Duncan taking 14th in the 200 freestyle (1:54.76), White taking 11th in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.79), Herman placing 14th on the one-meter diving board (361.25 points) and Calvin’s 400 medley relay team of Scott, Wilson, Wolfe and Weima taking ninth with a time of 3:57.04.
Gelderloos also served as the head coach of the men’s swimming and diving team, leading the Knights to a fourth-place finish in the final MIAA standings. Calvin finished 2-3 in MIAA dual-meet action and then posted a fourth-place total of 300.5 points at the MIAA championships held in mid-February at the Jenison Aquatic Center.
At the MIAA championships, senior Andrew Resseguie (Holland, Mich.) took home two conference titles, winning the 50 freestyle (21.04) and 100 freestyle, becoming Calvin’s first MIAA 50 freestyle champion since 1976 and just Calvin’s second MIAA champion in the 100 freestyle. Resseguie also took fifth in the 200 freestyle (1:44.24).
Junior John Boumgarden (Naperville, Ill.) also had a strong conference meet, taking second in the 100 butterfly (51.11) and tying for third in the 50 freestyle (21.39) and 100 freestyle (46.88). Junior Joe Gluvers (Rocklin, Calif.) took third in the 200 backstroke (1:57.01) and fourth in the 100 backstroke (53.67).
Senior Peter Tuuk (Grand Rapids, Mich.) was third in the 200 freestyle (1:43.56) and fifth in the 500 freestyle (4:46.92). Sophomore Keith Conrad (Wheaton, Ill.) was third in the 1,650 freestyle (16:45.55) and then took sixth in the 200 butterfly (2:00.78) that same night.
Freshman Kurt VanAllsburg (Grand Rapids, Mich.) also had a top-six finish in the 100 backstroke, taking sixth with a time of 54.55.In the relays, Calvin’s 200 freestyle relay of Resseguie, Boumgarden, VanAllsburg and Tuuk took second with a school record time of 1:23.77 while the 800 freestyle relay team of Tuuk, Boumgarden, Conrad and Resseguie was second in a time of 6:56.15. Calvin’s 400 freestyle relay of Resseguie, Boumgarden, senior Andrew Bolles (Holland, Mich.) and Tuuk took third (3:09.31) while the 400 medley relay team of Gluvers, Conrad, Boumgarden and Tuuk was fourth (3:34.51) and the 200 medley relay team of VanAllsburg, Conrad, Bolles and Resseguie was fourth (1:38.81).
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