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Nicole Michmerhuizen Named Recipient of Prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship

Thursday, March 13, 2014

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2013-14 NCAA Postgraduate Scholar Award Recipients

Calvin College senior Nicole Michmerhuizen has added yet another lofty honor to her long list of prestigious accomplishments as a student-athlete. Michmerhuizen was recently named one of the 58 fall sports recipients of an NCAA Postgraduate scholarship. The scholarships were awarded across all three NCAA divisions. A native of Holland and a graduate of Holland Christian High School, Michmerhuizen will receive a one-time, non-renewable scholarship grant of $7,500.00. Michmerhuizen recently decided to attend the University of Michigan to pursue a Ph.D in pharmacology. While in Ann Arbor, she plans to pursue research in biomedical sciences. Michmerhuizen is the ninth NCAA Postgraduate Scholar from Calvin and the first since Missy Smith was so honored in 2006. She is scheduled to compete at the NCAA III Indoor Track and Field Championships this weekend in the 5,000 meter and 3,000 meter runs.

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Calvin Women’s Cross Country Team Receives USTFCCCA All-Academic Honors

Friday, February 14, 2014

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USTFCCCA All-Academic Team Announcement

The United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association has named its 2014 All-Academic team and individual recipients in women’s cross country and the Calvin women’s cross country team has received accolades on both counts. Continuing a streak that began in 1987, the Calvin women’s cross country team has once again been named a USTFCCCA All-Academic team recipient. Led by head coach Brian Diemer, the Knights posted a team cumulative grade point average this past fall of 3.53. In order to receive the award, teams must post a minimum team GPA of 3.10. The Calvin individuals that received the honor include seniors Alyssa Oram (Cheboygan, Mich.),  Nicole Michmerhuizen (Holland/Holland Christian HS), juniors Kimby Penning (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS), Sarah Danner (Watkins Glen, NY/Charles Dickerson HS), Kate Ardinger (Elmhurst, IL/Timothy Christian HS), and freshman Cassie Vince (Amherst, OH/Amherst HS).

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Calvin in Fourth Place in Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Fall Sports Standings

Friday, December 13, 2013

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Learfield Directors' Cup Standings for 12-12-13

The latest set of Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup fall sports standings have been released and after an outstanding fall sports campaign, Calvin College stands in fourth place with 269 points. Williams (Mass) leads the standings with 376 points with Middlebury (Vt.) second with 310 points and Trinity (Tx.) third with 281 points. Calvin picked up 100 points from its women’s volleyball team that captured the national championship last month in Holland, Michigan. Calvin also received 72 points from its women’s cross country team that placed seventh at the NCAA III Championships, 50 points from its women’s soccer team that reached the second round of the NCAA III Tournament and 47 points from its men’s cross country team that finished 27th at the NCAA III Championships.

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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. Ė 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 Neilsonís retirement came Tuesday from Dr. Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran, president of Kalamazoo College and vice chairwoman of the MIAA Presidentsí Council.  He is the eighth and third-longest serving commissioner in the MIAAís 126-year history. Commissioner Neilson and his wife, Karen, live in Royal Oak. They have four children and five grandchildren. The MIAA is the nationís 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 Maryís College and Trine University.

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Calvin Women’s Cross Country Takes Seventh at NCAA III Championships

Saturday, November 23, 2013

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Women's Results

HANOVER, IN - The Calvin women’s cross country team took seventh at the NCAA III Championships on Saturday with a team score of 309 points.  The finish is Calvin’s first top-10 national berth since 2010 and its best team finish since 2009. Freshman Cassie Vince (Amherst, OH/Amherst HS) led the way for Calvin with an NCAA III All-America finish of 23rd place in a time of 21:51. Vince is Calvin’s first freshman to claim NCAA III All-America honors in women’s cross country since Lisa Timmer did so in 1996. She is also the third to do so in Calvin women’s cross country history as Betsy Haverkamp also accomplished the feat in 1993. Senior Nicole Michmerhuizen (Holland/Holland Christian HS) also earned a top-50 finish, placing 48th in a time of 22:10. Other Calvin finishers included junior Kimby Penning (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) in 89th place (22:34), senior Alyssa Oram (Cheboygan/Home Schooled) in 115th place (22:44), junior Sarah Danner (Watkins Glen, NY/Charles Dickerson HS), senior Rebekah Folkema (Renfrew, ON/Renfrew Collegiate Institute) in 145th (22:54) and freshman Lauren Brink (Dyer, IN/Illiana Christian HS) in 259th (24:10). Johns Hopkins took home the team title with 85 points followed by Williams with 137, Middlebury with 185 and Chicago with 261. Hope took ninth with 340 points giving the MIAA its first two top-10 finishes in an NCAA III women’s cross country national meet for the first time since 1993.

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Follow Calvin Volleyball in NCAA III Championship Final Saturday Night

Friday, November 22, 2013

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The Calvin women’s volleyball team will take on Cal Lutheran in the NCAA III finals Saturday at 7 p.m. at Hope’s DeVos Fieldhouse. There are three ways to follow the action:

Live Stats Scoreboard

Live Audio Broadcast

Live Video Stream

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Cassie Vince Named Great Lakes Regional XC Athlete of the Year - Diemer Regional Coach of Year

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

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USTFCCCA Regional Awards Announcement

Calvin College freshman Cassie Vince has been named the Division III Great Lakes Regional Cross Country Athlete of the Year as named by the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association. A native of Amherst, Ohio, Vince ran away with the individual title at the Great Lakes Regional meet last Saturday, finishing her home 6K course at Calvin more than 14 seconds faster than the nearest runner. Her time of 21:27.82 was well clear of runner-up Emma Lehmann of Oberlin, leading the Knights to the team title. The win was her third of the season, including a title at the MIAA Championships. Vince is the first Calvin women’s cross country runner to win a regional title since Jessie Lair in 2003 and she is the sixth individual in Calvin women’s cross country history to do so. Meanwhile Calvin head cross country coach Brian Diemer has been named the Division III Great Lakes Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year by the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association. Now in his eighth year at the helm of the Calvin women’s cross country program, Diemer is receiving the award for the fifth time in the last six years. This past Saturday, Diemer guided his team to a decisive team title at the Great Lakes Regional Championships over Oberlin and Hope, 54-104-105. Freshman Cassie Vince paced the Knights to the title with the individual win, while three others raced to top-15 finishes. Two weeks prior, Diemerís Knights also claimed the MIAA Championships title. Ranked third nationally, the Calvin women’s cross country team will head into the NCAA III Championships final on Saturday at Hanover College in Hanover, Indiana.

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Calvin Women’s Cross Country Team Now Ranked Third - Five Knights Receive All-Region Honors

Monday, November 18, 2013

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USTFCCCA Division III Cross Country National Polls

Fresh off a Great Lakes Regional title last Saturday, the Calvin women’s cross country team has risen two spots in the national rankings. The Knights are ranked third in this week’s Division III Top 35 poll conducted by the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association.  The ranking is Calvin’s highest since the 2009 season. Johns Hopkins is the top-ranked team in the poll while Williams (Ma.) is ranked second. In addition, five members of the Calvin women’s cross country team have received Great Lakes All-Region honors for finishing in the top-35 individually as the regional meet on Saturday. Those five Calvin individuals are freshman Cassie Vince (Amherst, OH/Amherst HS), senior Nicole Michmerhuizen (Holland/Holland Christian HS), junior Kimby Penning (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS), senior Alyssa Oram (Chebogyan/Home Schooled) and senior Rebekah Folkema (Renfrew, ON/Renfrew Collegiate Institute).

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Calvin Women’s Cross Country Captures Great Lakes Regional Title - Punches Ticket to NCAAs

Saturday, November 16, 2013

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NCAA III Women's Regional Results

KENTWOOD, Mich. - The fifth-ranked Calvin women’s cross country team left nothing to chance on Saturday, capturing the Great Lakes Regional title on its home course with a team score of 54 points. By finishing first, the Knights receive an automatic trip to the NCAA III Championships next Saturday at Hanover College (Ind.). A year ago, Calvin finished third at the regional meet and was forced to wait 24 hours to find out it had receive an at-large bid to the national meet. On Saturday, Calvin nabbed one of two automatic berths to the national meet by placing four runners in the top 14 and five in the top 25. Oberlin College, ranked 11th nationally, nabbed the other automatic national spot by placing second with 104 points, one point ahead of third place Hope which entered the meet ranked 18th nationally. The Knights were led by the one-two punch up front of freshman Cassie Vince (Amherst, OH/Amherst HS) and senior Nicole Michmerhuizen (Holland/Holland Christian HS) as Vince captured the regional title with a time of 21:27 while Michmerhuizen was fourth in a time of 21:44. Vince captured the regional title by a 14 second margin, finishing well ahead of Emma Lehmann of Oberlin who took second. Vince is the first Great Lakes Regional champion from Calvin since Jessie Lair accomplished the feat in 2003. She is the sixth individual from Calvin to do so overall, joining Lair, Amy Mizzone (1998, 1999), Betsy Haverkamp (1996), Renea Bluekamp (1993) and Laura Vroon (1983).

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NCAA III Great Lakes Regional Website

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Follow Calvin Teams on NCAA III Tournament Trail

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

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Four Calvin fall sports teams will be in action this weekend. The Calvin women’s volleyball team will host an eight-team Great Lakes Regional Thursday, Friday and Saturday while the Calvin men’s and women’s cross country programs will host the Great Lakes Regional Championships Saturday at the Gainey Athletic Complex. In addition, the women’s soccer team will compete at a four-team NCAA III Regional hosted by Washington University of St. Louis. To find out more about each competition, visit the regional tournament/championships website listed below:

NCAA III Great Lakes Regional Website

NCAA III Women’s Soccer St. Louis Regional Website

Grand Rapids, Mich NCAA III Volleyball Regional Website

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