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Winter Sports Recap - Women's swimming and diving wins fourth-straight title

WOMEN'S SWIMMING & DIVING
Led by head coach Dan Gelderloos, the women’s swimming and diving team captured its fourth consecutive MIAA title, its sixth overall. At the MIAA championships, Calvin posted a first-place team score of 660 points, finishing 104 points ahead of runner-up Hope.

Sarah Abbott, Maggie Vail, Emily RobertsCalvin took first place in 10 events at the conference meet, led by junior Erica Deur (Holland, Mich.), who captured MIAA titles on both the one-meter and three-meter diving boards for the third consecutive year, en route to receiving MIAA Diver of the Year honors. Deur took first place on the one-meter board with a score of 483.10 points and first place on the three-meter board with a total of 485.20 points.

Deur was part of a strong diving contingent for the Knights as senior Lis Beal (Grand Rapids, Mich.) took third on the three-meter board (425.30) and fourth on the one-meter board (384.05). Meanwhile, sophomore Casey Herman (Libertyville, Ill.) took second on the three-meter board (411.75) and fifth on the one-meter board (395.30). 

Sophomore Emily Roberts (DeKalb, Ill.) also took first place in two events, winning the 100 breaststroke (1:05.95) and 200 IM (2:10.08), while adding a third-place finish in the 200 breaststroke (2:25.77).

Other individual winners for Calvin included senior Stephanie Duncan (Long Grove, Ill.) in the 200 freestyle (1:54.62), sophomore Maggie Vail (Portage, Mich.) in the 200 breaststroke (2:23.48) and junior Cara VanWoerkom (Wyoming, Mich.) in the 50 freestyle (24.22). VanWoerkom also took second in the 200 freestyle (1:55.60) and 100 freestyle (52.80). Vail took second in 200 IM (2:10.66) and second in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.55).

women's swim teamOther notable individual efforts included senior Sarah Abbot (East Grand Rapids, Mich.) taking second in the 200 breaststroke (2:25.64), third in the 100 breaststroke (1:07.59) and third in the 400 IM (4:43.47). Senior Kat Vinson (Kaneohe, Hawaii) added a third-place finish in the 100 backstroke (1:00.69) and a fourth-place finish in the 50 freestyle (24.80). Sophomore Laura Price (Warren, Pa.) was also third in the 200 freestyle (1:55.76) and third in the 1,650 freestyle (18:06.00).

Calvin also took first place in three relays with its 200 freestyle relay team of VanWoerkom, Vail, junior Julie Wolfe (Westerville, Ohio) and Vinson taking first place in a time of 1:36.68; its 200 medley relay team of freshman Monica Bressler (Sandusky, Ohio), Abbot, sophomore Danielle Mitchell (Iron Mountain, Mich.) and Price taking first in a time of 1:48.72 and its 800 freestyle relay team of Duncan, freshman Kendra Kinzer (Fort Wayne, Ind.), Price and VanWoerkom taking first place in a time of 7:45.90.

In addition, Calvin’s 400 medley relay team of freshman Caitlin Alexander (Holland, Mich.), Vail, Roberts and VanWoerkom took second in a time of 3:58.41, while its 400 freestyle relay team of VanWoerkom, Duncan, Wolf and Vinson took second in a time of 3:32.57.

Calvin then landed seven individuals on the All-MIAA team with Abbot, Beal, Deur, Duncan, Roberts, Vail and VanWoerkom all receiving the honor.

Calvin sent nine individuals to the NCAA III Championships, where Calvin took eighth place with 140 points. Competing for Calvin at the national meet were Deur, Duncan, Kinzer, Price, Roberts, Vail, VanWoerkom, Vinson and Wolfe.

MEN'S SWIMMING & DIVING
Also led by Gelderloos, the men’s swimming and diving team took fourth in the final MIAA standings, recording a fourth-place team score of 239 points at the MIAA championships.

At the MIAA championships, Calvin posted seven top-six finishes led by senior John Boumgarden (Naperville, Ill.), who took second in the 100 butterfly (50.59), third in the 100 freestyle (46.44) and fourth in the 50 freestyle (21.37).

Junior Keith Conrad (Wheaton, Ill.) also had a strong performance at the conference finals, placing fourth in the 100 butterfly (41.38), fourth in the 200 butterfly (1:56.49) and eighth in the 500 freestyle (4:49.29). Also posting a top-six finish for the Knights was freshman Tyler Westman (Naperville, Ill.) in the 100 backstroke (54.91) and freshman Stephen Kruse (Northville, Mich.) on the one-meter diving board (343.30).

In the relay events, Calvin’s 200 freestyle relay team of Boumgarden, sophomore Kurt VanAllsburg (Grand Rapids, Mich.), sophomore Jon Herrema (Grand Rapids, Mich.) and junior Matt Bolles (Holland, Mich.) took fourth (1:26.86), while its 200 medley relay team of senior Joe Gluvers (Rocklin, Calif.), senior Lucas Seebeck (Grand Rapids, Mich.), Boumgarden and VanAllsburg took fourth (1:37.37). In addition, Calvin’s 800 freestyle relay team of Boumgarden, Gluvers, Conrad and Bolles took fourth with a time of 7:13.75.

Boumgarden was then named to the All-MIAA team for the third straight year. He also qualified for the NCAA III Championships in the 100 butterfly, 100 freestyle and 50 freestyle. He earned honorable mention All-American honors in the 100 butterfly.

MEN'S BASKETBALL
Under the direction of head coach Kevin Vande Streek, the men’s basketball team finished 16-11 overall and in third place in the MIAA standings with a 9-5 conference mark. Calvin also advanced to the MIAA tournament championship game before falling to rival Hope in the title tilt.

John MantelAn early season highlight was a victory over eventual national champion Washington University of St. Louis in the championship game of the Calvin Tip-Off Tournament. Calvin defeated Washington University 87-82 behind 21 points from senior guard Derek Griffin (Whitehall, Mich.), who was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

During the year, Griffin was named the MIAA’s Player of the Week twice. Junior guard Caleb Veldhouse (Sioux Falls, S.D.) was also named the MIAA’s Player of the Week twice during the season. Over Christmas break, Calvin traveled to New Jersey to compete in a tournament hosted by Montclair State University. While there, the team spent two days sightseeing through New York City.

During the conference season, Veldhouse surpassed the 1,000-point plateau, becoming the 18th player in Calvin men’s basketball history to do so. At the season’s conclusion, Veldhouse was named to the All-MIAA first team while Griffin and sophomore center John Mantel (Chelsea, Mich.) were named to the All-MIAA second team. Veldhouse currently ranks 11th on the all-time Calvin scoring list with 1,305 points and fourth in career three-point field goals (176). In addition to receiving All-MIAA honors, Veldhouse was named to the D3hoops.com Great Lakes All-Region second team.

Over the course of the year, Griffin shot 81.2 percent from the free-throw line, 44 percent from the field and 39 percent from three-point range. Griffin’s 73 three-point field goals this year tied for eighth place on the all-time Calvin single-season three-point field goal list. A transfer from Muskegon Community College, Griffin compiled 153 three-point baskets on 360 attempts in his two-year Calvin College career, ranking sixth on the Calvin career list for three-point field goals made and seventh in three-point field goal percentage (.425).

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
Led by head coach John Ross, the women’s basketball team finished 15-9 overall and in third place in the MIAA standings with an 11-5 conference record. Calvin opened the year by winning the championship of the Franklin Savings Bank Tip-Off Tournament hosted by the College of Mount St. Joseph. At the tournament, junior Marcia Harris (Grand Rapids, Mich.) was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. At the tournament, Ross picked up the 100th victory of his collegiate coaching career, doing so in just his fifth year as a college coach.

free throw shotDuring the year, Harris earned MIAA Player of the Week honors for the second time in her career after scoring a career-high 32 points in a 65-64 win over Adrian College.

In conference play, Calvin hung its hat on defense, allowing just 56.2 points a game, ranking second among MIAA schools in defensive scoring average.

At the conclusion of the season, Harris was named to the All-MIAA first team for the third consecutive year. In conference games, Harris averaged 18.3 points a game to rank third in the MIAA scoring race. She also finished third in the MIAA in field-goal percentage (.518), seventh in free-throw percentage (.736) and eighth in steals per game (1.75) and blocked shots per game (0.81). In addition to receiving All-MIAA honors, Harris was named to the D3hoops.com Great Lakes All-Region first team.