Thursday, September 29, 2011
By Sports Information Student Assistant Mark DeHaan
As a college student, juggling academics, athletics, and your social life can be difficult. Add to that a day a week volunteering at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in downtown Grand Rapids, and you’re schedule can almost be void of any free time. But, as Calvin College sophomore swimmer Adam Alexander puts it, “The Bible calls us to help those who are less fortunate, and, it’s good for the community.” A chemical engineering major with the intention of entering medical school after graduating from Calvin, Alexander is planning on going to med school after attending Calvin to pursue a career in orthopedic surgery.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
By sports information student assistant Andrew Knot
As part of the Division III National Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), Calvin athletics recently joined a Division III partnership with the United States’ Special Olympic Committee, adding a valuable opportunity to the athletic department’s already service-driven outlook. The SAAC is an NCAA organization tiered at the national, conference, and school level. The national, and governing, branch of the organization, seeks to “to enhance the total student-athlete experience by promoting opportunity, protecting student-athlete welfare and fostering a positive student-athlete image,” according to the organization’s website.
The 2010-11 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Academic Honor Roll has been announ
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
The 2010-11 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Academic Honor Roll has been announced by Commissioner David Neilson and 111 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. This year’s Honor Roll includes several students who achieved the distinction four consecutive years.
Of the students, 10 are from Calvin.
Friday, June 17, 2011
For the 16th consecutive year, Calvin has posted a top 25 finish in the final NCAA III Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, finishing fifth in the nation in Division III in 2010-11 with a total of 762.25 points. Calvin’s point total and its (placement) finish is its highest-ever in the 16 years of the competition. Calvin is one 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. Williams College, Mass., defended its title as the best athletics program in the nation in Division III by winning its 15th U.S. Sports Academy Directors’ Cup with 1,147 points.
Friday, April 15, 2011
Catch the latest episode of Calvin Sports Report Live with host Luke Berlin. The most recent episode recaps the 2011 Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving season with an interview with head coach Dan Gelderloos.
Monday, March 28, 2011
Last month, the Calvin men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams competed at the MIAA Championships at Jenison High School. At the meet, the Calvin women’s team captured its seventh consecutive MIAA title while the Calvin men’s team finished fourth. Calvin also captured three of the four MIAA MVP awards with sophomore Elizabeth Counsell claiming the MIAA Women’s Most Valuable Swimmer award, sophomore Samantha Klaasen receiving the MIAA Women’s Most Valuable Diver Award and freshman Andy Krafft claiming the MIAA Men’s Most Valuable Diver award. Calvin sports information director Jeff Febus and Calvin student Mike Zaagman teamed up to produce a 17-minute video recapping the three days of competition.
Filmed by Jeff Febus. Edited by Mike Zaagman
Saturday, March 26, 2011
KNOXVILLE, TN - The Calvin men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams closed out competition at the NCAA III Championships in record-breaking fashion on Saturday. Sophomore Elizabeth Counsell earned an All-America performance with a seventh place finish in the women’s 200 breaststroke while setting a school record in the process. Meanwhile, freshman Andy Krafft reset his own school record twice on Saturday in taking third place in the men’s three-meter diving competition. The All-America finish by Counsell enabled the Calvin women to finish in 34th place in the final team standings with 17 points while Krafft boosted the Calvin men’s team into a tie for 25th place in the final standings with 33 points.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
KNOXVILLE, TN - Andy Krafft continued his amazing freshman campaign for the Calvin College men’s swimming and diving team, posting a national runner-up berth on the one-meter diving board at the NCAA III Championships Thursday night. A native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Krafft (Home Schooled) took second at the national meet with a score of 459.0 points. Krafft finished behind Nick Halbach of the United States Merchant Marine Academy who took first with a score of 497.80 ponts. Krafft is just the second male diver in Calvin history to claim All-America honors, joining Dirk Pruis who did so on multiple occassions in the early 1980’s. Krafft’s national finish matches the highest by a Calvin male diver and was the best finish by an MIAA men’s diver at the NCAA meet since Kalamazoo’s Anthony Holt won the 1-meter and 3-meter titles in 2003. Krafft’s finish also gave Calvin 17 points in the team standings, placing the Knights in 22nd place with two days of competition left. Calvin’s Bill VanEe also took second on both the one and three-meter boards at the 1985 national meet.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
The NCAA III Swimming and Diving Championships will begin on Wednesday in Knoxville, Tennessee. Calvin will be represented by three individuals with freshman diver Andy Krafft representing the men’s team while freshman diver Elise Kaufman and sophomore swimmer Elizabeth Counsell will represent the women’s team. Counsell will compete in the 200 IM and in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events.
In addition, Grand Rapids Press sports reporter Steve Ungrey caught up with Counsell for a preview story leading up to this week’s national meet. To read Ungrey’s well-crafted piece, please visit the Grand Rapids Press website at: Grand Rapids Press Feature on Elizabeth Counsell
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
The Calvin men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will be sending three individuals to the NCAA III Swimming and Diving Championships scheduled to be held March 23-26 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Scheduled to compete for the Calvin women’s team are sophomore Elizabeth Counsell and freshman Elise Kaufman while freshman Andy Krafft will represent the Calvin men’s team.The 2011 NCAA III Swimming and Diving Championships will be held at the University of Tennessee. Last year the Calvin women finished 24th as a team with 43 points. The Calvin men sent one individual but did not score at the championship meet.
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