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Calvin’s Aaron Venema Named MIAA Men’s Athlete of the Week in Swimming and Diving

Monday, January 20, 2014

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ROYAL OAK, Mich.  – The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has named Calvin’s Aaron Venema its Men’s Athlete of the Week in swimming and diving for meets through January 18. Venema, a sophomore from Grand Haven (Grand Haven HS), won two individual events and swam on a winning relay in leading Calvin to a 175-122 MIAA dual meet victory over Kalamazoo, the Knights’ first win over the Hornets since 2006. He won the 200-yard freesetyle in 1:44.98 and the 500 freestyle in 4:46.10, and swam a :48.30 split in helping Calvin win the 400 freestyle relay. Venema is being honored as Athlete of the Week for the first time in his career. Venema is part of a Calvin men’s team that is currently ranked 13th nationally. The Knights will travel to rival Hope on Saturday for a 1 p.m. dual meet.

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Men’s Swimming and Diving Team Defeats Kalamazoo For First Time since 2006

Saturday, January 18, 2014

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Full Meet Results

Competing on Senior Day, the Calvin men’s swimming and diving team upped its season dual meet record to 5-3 with an impressive 175-122 victory over visiting Kalamazoo Saturday afternoon inside the Venema Aquatic Center. The victory was Calvin’s second-ever over Kalamazoo in dual meet competition and its first since 2006. Ranked 13th in the most recent Collegeswimming.com Top 25 poll, Calvin took first place in 10 events while providing quality depth consistently throughout the meet.

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Calvin Men’s Swimming and Diving Takes Second at Triangular With ONU and Albion

Sunday, January 12, 2014

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Final Results

The Calvin men’s swimming and diving team took second place at a triangular with Ohio Northern and Albion this weekend inside Calvin’s Venema Aquatic Center. The Knights recorded a team score of 988 points with Ohio Northern winning with 1067.5 points. Albion was third with 811.5 points. Calvin is back in action next Saturday when it hosts Kalamazoo in a dual meet at 1 p.m. at the Venema Aquatic Center.

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Swimming and Diving Teams Open Triangular Against Albion and ONU

Saturday, January 11, 2014

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Results

Through one day of competition at a triangular including Ohio Northern and Albion, the Calvin women’s team is in first place with a total of 312.5 points while the Calvin men are in second in the men’s standings with 274 points. Ohio Northern is second in the women’s standings (262.5) followed by Albion in third (259). Ohio Northern leads the men’s standings (338.5) wit Albion third (230.5). The triangular continues with competition Saturday morning at 10 a.m. and late Saturday afternoon at 5 p.m.

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Journal Entries for Calvin Swimming and Diving Team in Puerto Rico

Sunday, January 05, 2014

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(Editor’s Note: The Calvin men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams spent part of their Christmas break time training in Puerto Rico. Below are journal entries by various members of both teams).
DAY FOUR CALVIN SWIMMING AND DIVING JOURNAL (JAN. 4, 2014)

Hello from a lovely 86 degree climate! Today the team tackled another double. The morning session consisted of breaking off into three groups: sprint/single strokers, IM, and distance crew. Each group had to come together to make it through the workout as one. It was great to see the team communicating well with each other. Afterwards, we had some time to kill before gearing up for the afternoon practice. Most took advantage of this prime opportunity to take a nap, while others baked in the sun or played in the ocean. After a couple hours off, we headed back to the natatourim to finish the day. Thankfully this practice was scaled back in distance compared to this morning. The hotel was gracious enough to throw us a pizza party for dinner. The party continued into a white elephant gift exchange that brought lots of laughs and great memories. We can’t wait to see what this beautiful island of Puerto Rico has to offer us for our last couple days!

Michaela Rookus

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Journal Entry #3 for Calvin Swimming and Diving Teams in Puerto Rico

Saturday, January 04, 2014

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(Editor’s Note: The Calvin men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams are currently training in Puerto Rico this week. The following journal entry is by Calvin freshman Brett Stoughton. More journal entries will continue throughout the weekend by members of both teams)

By Brett Stoughton (Day Three Calvin Swimming and Diving Journal Entry)

La vida puertorriqueña…

Today marked the third full day of training trip 2014 for Calvin Swimming and Diving!  Jumping into the pool after breakfast for a morning workout, the swimmers focused on technique with pull and drill sets along with a kick set to maintain aerobic conditioning.  The divers worked on approaches and other fundamentals to set up for “big” dives tomorrow.  With only one practice in the morning, the team had more time today to experience the natural beauty and lively culture of Puerto Rico.

(For more - click on the headline above)

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Journal Entry #2 for Calvin Swimming and Diving Team in Puerto Rico

Friday, January 03, 2014

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(Editor’s Note - The Calvin men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams are currently training in Puerto Rico this week. The following journal entry is by Calvin junior Rebecca Mumby. More journal entries will continue throughout the week by members of both teams).

Buenos Dias from Puerto Rico!

Today the teams took on our first set of two-a-days! The morning session was a great start of JMI (just make the interval) sets..the swimmers did great! Over in the diving well we spent most of our time on the three meter working 1s and 4s (fronts and inwards) while soaking up some sun.

After practice the team hit the beach for a day in the sun..or so we expected but as we have learned thus far it’s Puerto Rico anything flies and we were caught off guard by random periods of rain and shade. But that didn’t stop the team from getting in the water; body surfing seems to be a new team hobby. Out of the water the team did back flips and played a little volleyball.

We wrapped up the afternoon with our second practice- a little cooler this time but still productive. The swimmers took on another difficult set but finished strong this evening even dealing with some rain. Survey says- this was the swimmers favorite workout so far! The cardio side of the diver workout, however, was not. (; The divers bounced around from 1 meter to 3 and then progressed to some tower work.
We ended the evening with a dinner free for all- some of the team went to Denny’s while others stayed at the hotel to spare their legs.

Now we’re off for a little TLC before we take on another morning workout followed by a bio bay excursion!

Stay tuned!

RM

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Journal Entry #1 for Calvin Swimming and Diving Team in Puerto Rico

Thursday, January 02, 2014

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(Editor’s Note - The Calvin men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams are currently training in Puerto Rico this week. The following journal entry is by Calvin junior Alex Baumann. More journal entries will continue throughout the week by members of both teams).

PUERTO RICO JOURNAL #1 (For more - click on the headline above)

By Alex Baumann (January 1, 2014)

A new year for the Calvin swim and dive team began with team breakfast and the promise of adventure. We were full of anticipation for a morning free from the pool, and spending some time in the Puerto Rican rainforests. Through the direction of some locals at the hotel we were given the location of a somewhat secret waterfall in the nearby National Forest. A short drive and a little bit of interpreting trouble later, we found our mark. We proceeded through a tight, muddy trail to the waterfall we had heard about. As promised by our trusty friends at the hotel, there was not a soul in sight.

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Calvin Swimming and Diving Teams Crack Collegeswimming.com Top 25 Polls

Friday, December 13, 2013

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Collegeswimming.com Division III Top 25 Poll

Fresh off impressive performances at their own Calvin Winter Invitational, the Calvin men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams continue to hold lofty spots in the national rankings. In the latest Collegeswimming.com Division III Top 25 rankings, the Calvin men are ranked 15th while the Calvin women are ranked 17th. In addition, the Calvin men’s swimming and diving team is ranked in the latest College Swim Coaches Association of America Top 20 poll. The Calvin men are ranked 20th.  At the Calvin Winter Invitational, the Calvin men’s team posted its highest finish at the event, recording a second place team score of 583 points. Meanwhile the Calvin women’s team had a solid third place team score of 593 points. The Knights were the top finishing Division III team in the women’s competition. Both Calvin teams are in the midst of preparing for a Christmas break training trip to San Juan, Puerto Rico. The trip will take place from December 31-to-January 7.

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MIAA Commissioner David Neilson to Retire at Conclusion of 2013-14 Academic Year

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

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ALBION, Mich. – David L. Neilson, the commissioner of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association since 2002, has announced he will retire from the position at the conclusion of the 2013-14 academic year. The announcement of Commissioner Neilson’s retirement came Tuesday from Dr. Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran, president of Kalamazoo College and vice chairwoman of the MIAA Presidents’ Council.  He is the eighth and third-longest serving commissioner in the MIAA’s 126-year history. Commissioner Neilson and his wife, Karen, live in Royal Oak. They have four children and five grandchildren. The MIAA is the nation’s oldest collegiate athletic conference, founded in 1888. The MIAA consists of nine private colleges from Michigan and northern Indiana. Member institutions are Adrian College, Albion College, Alma College, Calvin College, Hope College, Kalamazoo College, Olivet College, Saint Mary’s College and Trine University.

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