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Senior swimmer shapes course of program

Sunday, April 01, 2012

When Ross Battoclette and three pool-bound peers set foot on campus as freshmen, they could not have conceived of the difference four years would make.

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A Look Back at the 2012 MIAA Swimming and Diving Championships

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

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Last month the Calvin men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams competed at the MIAA Championships in Holland. The Calvin women’s team recorded 803.5 points to capture its eighth consecutive MIAA title. Meanwhile the Calvin men’s team recorded a school-record 635 points and captured four individual league titles. Calvin student videographer Mike Zaagman has produced a highlight video of the final three days of competition at the league meet.

Calvin College Swim and Dive Highlights 2012 from Calvin College on Vimeo.

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Calvin Concludes Competition at NCAA III Swimming and Diving Championships - Men Finish 26th

Saturday, March 24, 2012

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Calvin concluded competition at the NCAA III Swimming and Diving Championships on Satuday. In the morning prelims, junior Mark Rushlow (Goshen, IN) took 47th in the 100 freestyle (46.64) while junior Elizabeth Counsell (Indianapolis, IN) placed 21st in the 200 breaststroke (2:22.53). Neither finish was enough to advance to the evening finals however. Calvin did place in the final men’s team standings thanks to a pair of All-America performances by sophomore Andrew Krafft (Fort Wayne, IN) in the diving competition. The Calvin men placed 26th with 30 points. 

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Andrew Krafft Takes Sixth on One-Meter Board at NCAA III Swimming and Diving Championships

Friday, March 23, 2012

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - Calvin College sophomore Andrew Krafft collected his second All-America certificate of the week and the fourth of his collegiate career Friday night at the NCAA III Swimming and Diving Championships at the IUPUI Natatatorium. Krafft (Fort Wayne, IN) took sixth on the one-meter board with a score of 472.70 points. On Wednesday night, Krafft took second on the three-meter board. A year ago, he was second on the one-meter board and third on the three-meter board. Krafft’s score surpassed his point production one on the one-meter board from lat year’s national meet when he scored 459.0 points to take second.

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Rushlow and Counsell Compete - Do Not Advance Out of Prelims at NCAA Championships

Thursday, March 22, 2012

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - Mark Rushlow and Elizabeth Counsell both competed for Calvin at the NCAA III Swimming and Diving Championships on Thursday. Neither individual was able to qualify for the evening finals however. Rushlow (Goshen, IN) competed in the (men’s) 100 butterfly but was unable to advance out of the morning prelims, finishing 19th with a time of 50.07. Counsell (Indianapolis, IN) competed in the (women’s) 200 freestyle prelims and finished 42nd (1:57.74). Action will continue on Friday with Rushlow scheduled to compete in the 100 backstroke where he is seeded 36th (52.06) and Counsell in the 100 breaststroke where she is seeded third (1:03.62). Sophomore Andrew Krafft (Fort Wayne, IN) will also compete in the men’s one-meter diving preliminaries Saturday afternoon.

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Andrew Krafft Earns National Runner-Up Berth on Three-Meter Diving Board at NCAAs

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - Calvin College sophomore Andy Krafft came within 1.1 points of claiming a national title on the three-meter board Wednesday night at NCAA III Swimming and Diving Championships. A native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Krafft was competing at the at IU Natatorium, a facility he has competed in several times at the club level while growing up in Indiana. Krafft finished second on the three-meter board with a score of 541.55 points, just behind Phil DeVine of Wisconsin-Oshkosh who claimed his second three-meter national title in the last three years with a score of 542.65 points. It marks the third All-America performance of Krafft’s collegiate career. A year ago, Krafft placed third on the three-meter board and second on the one-meter board.Krafft will compete on the one-meter board on Friday. His second place finish Wednesday night gave Calvin 17 points in the team standings which has Calvin in a tie for 18th place. Scheduled to compete for the Calvin men on Thursday is junior Mark Rushlow (Goshen, IN) in the 100 butterfly prelims where he is seeded eighth. On the women’s side, junior Elizabeth Counsell (Indianapolis, IN) will compete in the 200 freestyle prelims where she is seeded 41st.

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Rushlow, Kraft and Counsell Qualify for NCAA III Swimming and Diving Championships

Sunday, March 04, 2012

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Two Calvin swimmers and one diver have received invitations to the NCAA III Swimming and Diving Championships scheduled to be held March 21-24 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Representing the Calvin men’s team will be junior Mark Rushlow and sophomore diver Andrew Kraft. Representing the Calvin women’s team will be junior Elizabeth Counsell. Both swimmers will be traveling to their home state as Rushlow is from Goshen, Indiana (Northridge HS) while Counsell is from Indianapolis (Heritage Christian HS). Kraft is from Fort Wayne, Indiana. He will be making his second straight appearance at the national meet.

Women’s Psyche Sheet

Men’s Psyche Sheet

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Four Calvin Athletes Named to All-MIAA Men’s Swimming & Diving Team - Krafft Named Most Valuable

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

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Four members of the Calvin men’s swimming and diving team have received All-MIAA honors. Named to the All-MIAA team from Calvin are senior Ross Battoclette, junior Mark Rushlow, sophomore Andrew Krafft and freshman Travis Vincent. Sophomore Andrew Krafft headlines the group as he was named the MIAA’s Most Valuable Diver for the second straight year. At the MIAA Championships, Calvin placed fourth with a school record point total of 635 points.

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Calvin Men Take Fourth at MIAA Championships - Post School Record Point Total

Sunday, February 19, 2012

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By Andrew Knot

HOLLAND - After the final day in the Holland Community Aquatic Center, the Calvin menís swim and dive team finished this weekís MIAA tournament with a fourth place finish. The Knights scored a school record point total of 635.5 points, coming just five points short of topping Olivet and finishing third in conference for the first time since 2006. Senior Ross Battoclette continued an impressive final conference campaign by taking second place in the 200 yard backstroke. The Knights also recorded a fine performance on the diving boards. Sophomore Andrew Krafft won the one-meter diving as he totaled 575.10 points, over 55 points more than the second place finisher. His score was also a new school record. At the conclusion of the meet, he was named the MIAA’s Most Valuable Diver for the second straight year. His final dive earned a 63.00 point ruling from the judges. Freshman Jordan Kaster placed fourth with 399.5 total points.Another highlight during the day came from freshman Travis Vincent who placed third in the 200 breaststroke with a school record time of 2:07.07. In the 100 freestyle, junior Mark Rushlow continued his strong weekend by placing second with a time of 46.23.

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Rushlow and Battoclette Claim MIAA Individual Titles at Conference Meet

Friday, February 17, 2012

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By Andrew Knot

The Calvin menís swim and dive team is poised to complete one of its strongest finishes in recent memory after Fridayís MIAA conference meet at the Holland Aquatic Center. After Fridayís action, the Knights sit in fourth place with 407 points. They trail Olivet, Hope, and Kalamazoo, who hold 420.5, 481 and 510.5 points respectively. The Knights were led by standout performances from seniors Mark Rushlow and Ross Battoclette. Rushlow became the first Calvin swimmer since Peter Boumgarden to win the butterfly. Boumgarden was a four-team champion from 2002-to-2005. On Friday, Rushlow took the 100 butterfly with an NCAA III automatic qualifying time of 49.33, just missing the school record of 49.25 set by Boumgarden in 2002. Meanwhile, senior Ross Battoclette, won the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:42.63, becoming the first-ever swimmer in Calvin menís history to win the race at the conference meet. Battoclette came from behind in the final two lengths to take the event in dramatic fashion. Freshman Alex Baumann improved his preliminary time by nearly two seconds to place third.

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