Tuesday, October 29, 2013
ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has named Calvin’s Johnson Cochran and Michaela Rookus its Athletes of the Week in swimming and diving for meets through October 26. Cochran, a sophomore from Mount Vernon, Ohio (Mount Vernon HS) won both breaststroke events in leading Calvin to an MIAA dual meet win Saturday over Albion. He set an Albion pool record in winning the 100-yard breaststroke in :58.83, and also won the 200 breaststroke in 2:12.46. In addition, Cochran won the 100 breaststroke during a Friday dual meet against Division II Grand Valley State. He is being honored as Athlete of the Week for the first time this season and second time in his career. Rookus, a sophomore from Hudsonville (Hudsonville HS), won three events Saturday in leading the Knights to an MIAA dual meet victory over Albion. She won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:08.68, the 200 breaststroke in 2:32.43 and the 200 individual medley in 2:15.84. One night earlier, Rookus won the 100-yard freestyle in :53.75 and had a season-best :24.64 in the 50 freestyle in a meet against Division II members Grand Valley State and Hillsdale. She is being honored as Athlete of the Week for the first time in her career.
Saturday, October 26, 2013
ALBION - The Calvin men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams captured MIAA dual meets at Albion Saturday with the Calvin men defeating the Albion men’s team 158-133 and the Calvin women defeating the Albion women’s team 190-108. The Calvin men are now 1-1 in dual meet action this year while the Calvin women are 2-1. Sophomore Michaela Rookus was a triple-winner for the Calvin women’s team while freshman Brett Stoughton was a triple-winner for the Calvin men’s team. Both Calvin teams are back in action next Saturday, traveling to Alma for a 1 p.m. dual meet.
Friday, October 25, 2013
The Calvin men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams hosted dual meet competition Friday night with GLIAC opponents Grand Valley State and Hillsdale. Hillsdale fields a women’s team but does not sponsor men’s swimming and diving. In the lone men’s dual meet, Grand Valley State defeated Calvin 168-73. On the women’s side, Grand Valley defeated Calvin 149-93 but Calvin edged Hillsdale 119-118. In the women’s competition, Calvin received one first place finish as sophomore Michaela Rookus (Hudsonville/Hudsonville HS) captured the 100 freestyle in a time of 53.75. Calvin also had four individual second place finishes as junior Rebecca Mumby (Spring Lake/Spring Lake HS) was second on the one-meter diving board (237.55), senior Kristy Kinzer (Fort Wayne, IN/Homestead HS) was second in the 100 backstroke (1:01.61) and junior Kathryn Wrobel (Arden Hills, MN/Moundsview HS) was second in the 500 freestyle (5:19.87). On the men’s side, sophomore Johnson Cochrane (Mount Vernon, OH/Mount Vernon HS) picked up a victory for Calvin the 100 breaststroke with a sizzling time of 58.30. In addition, sophomore Caleb Meindertsma (Annandale, VA/Trinity Christian HS) cruised to a first place finish in the 1,000 freestyle (10:06.61). Freshman Brett Stoughton (Centerville, IN/Centerville HS) also had a big evening, taking second in the 200 IM (2:00.25) and 100 backstroke (54.11). Both Calvin teams are back in action on Saturday, traveling to Albion for dual meets slated to start at 1 p.m.
Saturday, October 19, 2013
The Calvin men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams kicked off their respective seasons by hosting the non-scored MIAA Relays Saturday afternoon inside the Venema Aquatic Center. Both Calvin teams had strong showings in the annual competition which at times, features an unusual combination of relay events. In the women’s competition, Calvin took first place in nine swimming events. On the men’s side, Calvin took first place in eight swimming events.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
By Mark DeHaan
The Calvin women’s swim and dive team enters the 2013-14 season coming off its ninth-straight MIAA title. Despite the recent success of the Knights in conference competition, this year’s swim team realizes they have yet to accomplish anything themselves. “We’ve begun to talk about how this team has done nothing,” said head coach Dan Gelderloos. “We’ve had individuals on this team that have won MIAA championships, but this team, as it stands now, hasn’t done anything. This team isn’t trying to win (a tenth straight title), they’re just trying to win one.” Calvin opens up its season at the Venema Aquatic Center on October 19 when it hosts the MIAA relays. The Knights will then return to action in a dual meet against a pair of Division II schools before beginning the conference portion of their schedule on October 26 against Albion.
Sunday, September 22, 2013
By Mark DeHaan
Trust yourself, don’t be afraid to fail, and live in the moment – those were the three key points that Olympic swimmer Brendan Hansen said he learned the hard way when he spoke to Calvin’s swimming and diving teams last Friday afternoon at the Venema Aquatic Center. Hansen, a six-time Olympic medalist, has been to three separate Olympics – 2004 in Athens, 2008 in Beijing and 2012 in London.Hansen was one of two U.S. Olympic swimmers to stop by the Calvin practice last Friday as Kim Vandenberg – a 2008 bronze medalist in the 800 meter freestyle relay – also showed up to meet and greet the Calvin teams.
Monday, August 12, 2013
Several of Calvin’s 2012-13 varsity sports teams received academic honors from their respective coaching organizations. The following is a list with links to the respective team academic awards announced this summer:
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
The Calvin College swimming and diving program has received several academic awards from the College Swim Coaches Association of America. The Calvin women’s swimming and diving team has once again received the CSCAA Team Scholar All-America Award. The Team Scholar All American award is presented to college and university swimming and diving teams, who have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. The award is presented twice annually, once in the fall semester/term and in the semester/term of the NCAA/NAIA/NJCAA Swimming and Diving Championships (Winter/Spring). The Calvin women’s team recorded a 3.36 grade point average during the recently completed spring semester.In addition, two swimmers have received the CSCAA Scholar All America Award while two additional swimmers have received CSCAA Scholar Honorable Mention All-America status. Receiving CSCAA Scholar All-America honors from Calvin are Rachel Colasurdo and Kristy Kinzer while Kathryn Wrobel and Johnson Cochran have received CSCAA Scholar Schlar Honorable Mention All-America recognition.
Wednesday, July 03, 2013
The 2012-13 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Academic - Honor Roll has been announced by Commissioner David Neilson and a record 151 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 2012-13 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, seven are from Calvin.The seven Calvin scholar-athletes named to the MIAA Academic Honor Roll for a fourth straight year are seniors Job Christiansen (New Ipswich, NH/Mascenic Regional HS), Eric Doornbos (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS), Matt DeBoer (Hudsonville, MI/Covenant Christian HS), Jordan Ipema (Kalamazoo/Kalamazoo Christian HS), Kelsey Irwin (Fraser, MI, /Fraser HS), Dan Kerr (Petoskey/Petoskey HS) and Greg Whittle (Galesburg, IL/Galesburg HS).
Wednesday, July 03, 2013
The Faculty Athletic Representatives of the MIAA member colleges present the MIAA Team GPA Award every year. This award recognizes conference athletic teams for performance in the classroom of a 3.3 cumulative GPA or better (on a 4.0 scale). During the recently completed 2012-13 school year, a record 11 of Calvin’s athletic teams achieved this distinction.Seven of Calvin’s women’s teams received the MIAA Team GPA Award while four of its men’s teams also achieved the feat. Calvin’s teams receiving the honor are as follows; women’s cross country, women’s volleyball, women’s tennis, women’s basketball, men’s cross country, women’s soccer, women’s track and field, men’s tennis, women’s swimming and diving, men’s golf and men’s basketball.