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Calvin Men’s Swimming and Diving Sending Six to NCAA III Championships

Thursday, February 27, 2014

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The Calvin menís swimming and diving team will send six individuals to the upcoming NCAA III Championships in Indianapolis while the Calvin womenís team still has a chance to send two of its members. Representing the Calvin menís team will be senior Andrew Mitchell (Iron Mountain/Kingsford HS), junior Alex Baumann (Holland/Holland Christian HS), sophomores Aaron Venema (Grand Haven/Grand Haven HS), Mitch Schroder (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) and Johnson Cochran (Mount Vernon, OH/Mount Vernon HS) and freshman Brett Stoughton (Centerville, IN/Centerville HS). Calvin will compete in all five relays as the members of its 400 medley relay and 800 freestyle relay team made the final qualification cut. Calvin also achieved conditional qualifying times in the 200 medley relay, 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relay and will be able to swim as optional entries in those three events. Venema, Mitchell, Cochran and Stoughton will also compete in a plethora of individual events. The Calvin womenís team will have two of its divers competing at an NCAA III qualifying regional meet this Friday and Saturday at Denison University. Competing for Calvin at the regional in Granville, Ohio, will be junior Rebecca Mumby (Spring Lake/Spring Lake HS) and sophomore Lizz Roth (Brighton/Brighton HS). Roth will be competing at the regional competition for the second straight year.

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Calvin Lands Record Seven on All-MIAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Team

Friday, February 21, 2014

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All-MIAA Men's Swimming and Diving Teams

A record seven members of the Calvin men’s swimming and diving team have received All-MIAA honors. Those seven individuals are senior Andrew Mitchell, junior Travis Vincent, sophomores Johnson Cochran, Caleb Meindertsma, Aaron Venema and freshmen Dirk Tanis and Brett Stoughton. Last weekend, Calvin made school history, winning its first-ever MIAA title in men’s swimming and diving, recording a first place score of 795 points, finishing more than 125 points ahead of second place Hope College.

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Holstege Brothers Critical to Calvin Winter Sports Success

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

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By Jacob Kuyvenhoven

Athletic siblings are something that can bolster a sports team to the point of an unfair advantage.  There are sport-defining examples like Venus and Serena Williams, and smaller examples on seemingly every high school track and soccer team in existence.  Calvin College is no different, as the performances of junior Erik Holstege and freshman Eli Holstege have been instrumental in Calvinís success so far this winter sports season on the track and swimming teams. Both individuals have played a key role in their success of their teams as Erik is pushing to qualify for the upcoming NCAA III Indoor Track and Field Championships in the heptathlon while Eli was a key point scorer on Calvin’s MIAA championship men’s swimming and diving team.

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Final Calvin Swimming and Diving News and Notes from MIAA Championships

Sunday, February 16, 2014

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MIAA Championships Site

The Calvin men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams wrapped up an historic week of competition at the MIAA Championships Saturday night inside the Venema Aquatic Center as both teams captured league titles. The Calvin women’s team captured its 10th consecutive MIAA title - matching the longest championship streak in MIAA women’s swimming and diving history while the Calvin men’s team captured its first-ever league title. It marked the first time since the 2004 season that the same school has captured both the men’s and women’s titles in the same year. It also marked the 10th time in MIAA history with Hope accomplishing the feat five times and Kalamazoo four times.

To listen to a post-meet audio interview with Calvin head swim coach Dan Gelderloos, visit the Calvin website at: Dan Gelderloos Audio Interview

To listen to a post-meet audio interview with Calvin head diving coach Aaron Paskvan, visit the Calvin website at: Aaron Paskvan Audio Interview

For a post-meet audio interview with Calvin senior Peter Johnson, visit the Calvin website at: Peter Johnson Audio Interview

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Calvin Men’s Swimming and Diving Wins First-Ever MIAA Title

Sunday, February 16, 2014

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MIAA Championships Site

By Mark DeHaan

The Calvin men’s swim and dive team entered the fourth and final day of the MIAA Championships looking for its first conference title in program history at Calvin’s Venema Aquatic Center. At the conclusion of the day, Calvin accomplished its long sought-after goal, winning the MIAA title with a first place score of 795 points with Hope second with 669 points.The Knight men have participated in MIAA swimming for 44 years, but have yet to win a league championship. Heading into Saturday, the Knights held a 107 point advantage over Hope and were well on their way to making history. Calvin closed off the MIAA Championships meet with individual league titles by Brett Stoughton in the 200 butterfly, Johnson Cochran in the 200 breaststroke and Caleb Meindertsma in the 1,650 freestyle.

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Calvin Men Claim Clean Sweep of Six Events Friday Night at MIAA Swimming and Diving Championships

Friday, February 14, 2014

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MIAA Championships Site

Coming into the third day of the MIAA Swim Championships at the Venema Aquatic Center, the Calvin men’s swim and dive team held a 47 point lead over rival Hope College. The Knights lead continued to expand on Friday night as they swept first place in all of the men’s events, and Calvin earned a 544-437 lead over Hope as it looked ahead to the final day of competition. In the first event, the Calvin relay team of freshman Brett Stoughton, sophomore Johnson Cochran, senior Peter Johnson, and senior Andrew Mitchell took first in the 200 yard medley relay in a time of 1:32.14, beating second-place Kalamazoo by .19 seconds. Stoughton later took first place in the 100 butterfly, Cochran claimed a win in the 100 breaststroke and Mitchell won in the 100 backstroke. Sophomore Caleb Meindertsma also won the 400 IM while sophomore Aaron Venema took home the gold medal in the 200 freestyle. The Calvin men’s total expanded to 544 points by the end of the night, with Hope sitting in second with 437. Kalamazoo is in third with 415.5, Albion in fourth with 402, Olivet in fifth with 207, and Alma in sixth with 113.5.

Dan Gelderloos Audio Interview

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Men’s Swimming and Diving Continues to Build Lead at MIAA Championships

Friday, February 14, 2014

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Thursday Results

By Mark DeHaan

A day after setting the MIAA record in the 800 yard freestyle relay, the Calvin men’s swim and dive team looked to continue its strong swimming on day two of the MIAA Championships. In the first event of the evening, the 200 freestyle relay, Calvin’s relay team of sophomore Brandon Muma, sophomore Mitch Schroder, freshman Eli Holstege, and junior Alex Boumann took fourth in 1:24.92. In the 500 freestyle, sophomores Aaron Venema and Caleb Meindertsma dominated the field. The two sophomores took 1-2 in the event, finishing in 4:34.00 and 4:35.59, respectively. Both times beat the previous Calvin record, set by Venema earlier in the year, and both swimmers finished ahead of defending champion Brad Melpolder of Albion, who placed third in 4:42.26. In the 200 yard individual medley, the Knights picked up another 1-2 finish, with junior Travis Vincent taking first in 1:53.64 and freshman Brett Stoughton finishing second in 1:54.48. Sophomore Johnson Cochran finished seventh in the final in 1:56.33.

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Men’s Swimming and Diving Shatters MIAA and Calvin Marks in 800 Freestyle Relay Win

Thursday, February 13, 2014

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MIAA Championships Site

The Calvin menís swimming and diving team got off to a blazing start on the first night of competition at the MIAA Championships, winning the 800 freestyle relay in an MIAA record and school record time of 6:45.68. Calvinís relay consisted of senior Andrew Mitchell who led off the relay with a 200 freestyle (split) school record time of 1:40.08, sophomore Aaron Venema, sophomore Mitch Schroder and junior Alex Baumann. Baumann held off a late charge from Albionís anchor Brad Melpolder who made a push for the win but came in less than two-tenths of a second behind Calvinís first place time. Calvinís time took more than 2.6 seconds off the previous MIAA record set by Kalamazoo in 2011 and nearly four seconds off Calvinís school record time of 6:49.11 set back in December at the Calvin Winter Invitational. After one day of competition, Calvin has a first place score of 40 points. Action continues on Thursday morning with prelims set for 10 a.m. All of the action is taking place inside Calvinís Venema Aquatic Center.

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Calvin Set to Host MIAA Swimming and Diving Championships

Monday, February 10, 2014

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MIAA Championships Website

The 2014 MIAA Swimming and Diving Championships are set to take place this week inside Calvin’s Venema Aquatic Center beginning with the one-meter diving prelims competition as well as the 800 freestyle relay events Wednesday night at 7 p.m. Action will continue Thursday, Friday and Saturday with prelims set for 10 a.m. and finals set for 5:30 p.m. The Calvin Sports Information Office caught up with Calvin head swim coach Dan Gelderloos and to preview the upcoming championship meet. That audio interview can be found online at: MIAA Swimming and Diving Championships Audio Preview

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Women’s Basketball vs Trine Postponed for Monday Night - Swim Meets Cancelled

Monday, January 27, 2014

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The Calvin women’s basketball game with Trine scheduled for tonight (Jan. 27) at 6 p.m. at Van Noord Arena has been postponed due to weather conditions. The game has been rescheduled for February 3 at 7 p.m. at Calvin. In addition, the Calvin-Hope swim meet that was postponed on January 25 will not be made up and has now been cancelled. Stay tuned for further information.

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