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Six Calvin Teams Receive MIAA Team GPA Award

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

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MIAA Team GPA Award List

The Faculty Athletic Representatives of the MIAA member colleges present the MIAA Team GPA Award every year.  This award recognizes conference athletic teams for performance in the classroom of a 3.3 cumulative GPA or better (on a 4.0 scale).  During the recently completed 2011-12 school year, six of Calvin’s athletic teams achieved this distinction. Five of Calvin’s women’s teams received the MIAA Team GPA Award while the men’s cross country team also achieved the feat.  Calvin’s teams receiving the honor are as follows; women’s cross country team, women’s track and field team, women’s basketball team, women’s volleyball team, women’s tennis team, and men’s cross country team. 

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Calvin Lands 123 Scholar-Athletes on MIAA Academic Honor Roll

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

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2011-12 MIAA Academic Honor Roll

The 2011-12 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Academic - Honor Roll has been announced by Commissioner David Neilson and 123 Calvin scholar-athletes have been named to the list. The honor roll recognizes scholar-athletes who achieve a minimum 3.5 grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale) for the entire 2010-11 academic year. A student needed to have won a varsity letter in a sport to be eligible. The MIAA Academic Honor Roll program was initiated in 1990 to recognize students at MIAA member colleges who excel both in athletics and in the classroom.

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Calvin Recognizes 28-year Anniversary of Brian Diemer Claiming Bronze Medal in Steeplechase

Friday, August 10, 2012

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As the Summer Olympic Games continue in London, we remember some athletes with ties to the MIAA who have had their own Olympic moments. On August 10, 1984, Brian Diemer won the bronze medal for the United States in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Summer Games in Los Angeles, overcoming teammate Henry Marsh over the final 300 meters to claim the medal in a time of 8:14.06. Diemer (pictured right on the medal stand) went on to compete in two more Olympics, in Seoul in 1988 and again at Barcelona in 1992, finishing seventh at Barcelona. He is the last American to win a medal in the steeplechase. Diemer has gone on to be one of the most successful coaches in MIAA history, leading Calvin to 30 total championships in cross country, including 25 consecutive men’s championships through last year. He has coached the Knights men’s program to four NCAA Division III national championships - 2000, 2003, 2004 and 2006.

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Calvin Men’s Track and Field Team Lands Four on USTFCCCA All-Academic Team

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

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USTFCCCA Division III Men's All-Academic Team

Four members of the Calvin men’s track and field team have been named to the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic Team. The four individuals so honored are seniors Nick Kramer and Dan Kerr and juniors Greg Whittle and Matt Vander Roest. To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 and have met either of the following athletic standards: a student-athlete must have competed in an NCAA Indoor or Outdoor Championship or finished the regular season ranked in the national top 35 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 25 (collective listing) in a relay event on the official NCAA POP list provided by TFRRS.org.

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Kerr, Whittle and Michmerhuizen Named Capital One Academic All-Americans in X-Country/Track

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

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2012 Division III Capital One Academic All-America Track and Field Teams

Three members of the Calvin men’s and women’s cross country and track and field teams have received Division III Capital One Academic All-America honors. Senior Dan Kerr and junior Greg Whittle have been named to the Capital One Academic All-America first team on the men’s side while sophomore Nicole Michmerhuizen has been selected to the Capital One All-America third team on the women’s side. All three individuals are receiving Capital One Academic All-America honors for the first time. Calvin has now had seven athletes receive Capital One Academic All-America honors during the 2011-12 academic year. Other individuals from Calvin to be named Capital One Academic All-America honors this year include Miles Colago (men’s soccer), Lizzie Kamp (volleyball), Rebecca Kamp (volleyball) and Carissa Verkaik (women’s basketball). Calvin has now had its athletes receive CoSIDA Academic All-America accolades 96 times including 65 times in the last 15 years.  Calvin currently ranks eighth on the all-time NCAA Division III list for Academic All-Americans.

Calvin’s All-Time Academic All-American List

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Calvin Finishes 24th in Final Learfield Director’s Cup Division III Standings

Thursday, June 07, 2012

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Final Directors Cup Division III Standings for 2011-12

For the 17th consecutive year, Calvin has posted a top 25 finish in the final NCAA III Learfield Sports Directors Cup standings, finishing 24th in the nation in Division III in 2011-12 with a total of 483.50 points. Calvin is one of only six schools in the country to finish in the top 25 every year that the competition has been held at the NCAA III level. Joining Calvin in that elite group are Williams, Mass., Amherst, Mass., Middlebury, Vt., the State University of New York at Cortland and Emory, Ga. Combined, nine of Calvin’s 19 sports teams scored Directors Cup points during the 2011-12 academic year.

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Kerr, Whittle and Michmerhuizen Named to Capital One Academic All-District Teams in X-Country/Track

Thursday, May 31, 2012

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Three members of the Calvin men’s and women’s cross country and track and field teams have received Division III Capital One Academic All-District honors. Senior Dan Kerr and junior Greg Whittle have been named to the All-District 6 team on the men’s side while sophomore Nicole Michmerhuizen has been selected to the All-District 6 team on the women’s side. As members of the all-district teams, all three individuals advanced to the national ballot and are eligible for Capital One Academic All-America consideration.


Capital One Men’s All-District Teams

Capital One Women’s All-District Teams

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Brian Diemer Named Gt Lakes Regional Men’s Track and Field Assistant Coach of the Year

Friday, May 18, 2012

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USTFCCCA Track and Field Regional Awards Announcement

Brian Diemer has been named the Division III Great Lakes Region Mens’ Assistant Track and Field Coach of the Year by the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association. A distance coach for the Knights, Diemer has nine of his men’s distance runners with top-25 marks this spring. At the MIAA Championships, his athletes won the 5,000 meters, 10,000 meters and Steeplechase and finished runner-up in the 1500, 5000 and 10,000 to score 88 of the team’s 170 points. Calvin currently sits 13th in the national team rankings. Diemer also serves as the head coach of the Calvin men’s and women’s cross country teams. He shares the distance coaching duties with Al Hoekstra in men’s and women’s track and field. In 2010, Hoekstra was named the Women’s Great Lakes Region Assistant Track and Field Coach of the Year.

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Calvin Announces Recipients of Bere’ Memorial and Kay Tiemersma Awards

Friday, May 18, 2012

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GRAND RAPIDS - Calvin College has announced the 2011 recipients of its highest honors for men’s and women’s athletics: the Bere’ Memorial Award and the Kay Tiemersma Athletic Award. Nick Kramer of Dyer, Indiana, is this year’s Bere’ Memorial Award winner while Rebecca Kamp of Palos Heights, Illinois, is this year’s recipient of the Tiemersma Award. The Bere’ Memorial Award has been presented annually by Calvin since 1951. The Bere’ honors the top senior male student-athlete, based on athletic ability, scholastic rank, character and leadership, and is selected by the school’s varsity coaches, its athletics administrators and its faculty athletic representatives. It is given in memory of Joe Bere’, a Calvin student who was killed in a 1949 auto accident on his way to watch a Calvin basketball game. This is the 38th year that Calvin has given the Tiemersma award, presented annually to the top senior female student-athlete. The award honors Kay Tiemersma, the first woman physical education teacher in the member schools of the Christian Schools International organization, and a pioneer in women’s sports. Its presentation is based on athletic ability, scholastic standing, and character and leadership. The winner is also selected by the school”s varsity coaches, its athletics administrators and its faculty athletic representatives.

Nick Kramer Audio Interview

Rebecca Kamp Audio Interview

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Calvin Men’s Cross Country Team And Runners Receive USTFCCCA All-Academic Honors

Thursday, February 16, 2012

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The United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association has named its 2011 All-Academic recipients in men’s cross country and four members of the Calvin men’s cross country team have been so honored. In order to receive USTFCCCA All-Academic honors, individuals must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or greater through the most-recent semester and placed in the top 35 at the NCAA Regional Championships. Individuals from Calvin that received the honor include senior Dan Kerr and juniors Matt VanderRoest, David VandeBunte and Job Christiansen. In addition, the Calvin men’s team has also received USTFCCCA All-Academic Honors with a 3.45 grade point average.

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