|Opportunity despite small team
By Cloud Cray '10
Since joining the team as a freshman, Kurt Van Allsburg has called three different swimming pools “home,” migrating from Calvin’s campus to East Grand Rapids High School during the Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex constuction, then finally returning to the newly completed Venema Aquatic Center. Inside that facility, Van Allsburg took the year-and-a-half interlude of low team membership and off-campus practices as an opportunity to push his teammates to work harder.
“We invested in each other. That’s one of the best things about the swim team— the community. That’s the kind of community that brought me to Calvin,” said the senior captain.
Van Allsburg had raced in the 50 and 100 freestyle events throughout high school, and only began swimming the 100 backstroke in college. “I sort of discovered the 100 back just to avoid doing the 200 free,” he admitted. “Now it’s my best event.” Van Allsburg also participated in a number of relays, making it onto Calvin’s record board in the 200-free relay.
Van Allsburg first got his feet wet in eighth grade and continued on both his school and club team throughout high school at Grand Rapids Christian High. Upon graduating, he originally planned to attend a large public college out of state. But after an overnight visit to Calvin, he changed his mind.
“Here, I’ve really grown and matured
to appreciate all that I’ve been given,
whereas at a secular school I feel I would
have learned to take everything I had for
granted,” he said.
“When you’re given gifts, you can choose
to use them in a
and you can still
enjoy them. But
God gave them to
us to use to their
full,” he said.
When you pour yourself into something, that’s when you can live life the way God intended it.”
carries that passion
into his education
as well. After graduating
After two years as team captain,
Van Allsburg leaves the men’s swim team
with high hopes for its future. He praised
this year’s freshmen for their hard work and
determination and believes that they have
set the tone for the Calvin swim program.
“God doesn’t care about whether you
win or lose,” he said, “but he does care about
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