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Final Calvin Swimming and Diving News and Notes from MIAA Championships

Sunday, February 16, 2014

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The Calvin men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams wrapped up an historic week of competition at the MIAA Championships Saturday night inside the Venema Aquatic Center as both teams captured league titles. The Calvin women’s team captured its 10th consecutive MIAA title - matching the longest championship streak in MIAA women’s swimming and diving history while the Calvin men’s team captured its first-ever league title. It marked the first time since the 2004 season that the same school has captured both the men’s and women’s titles in the same year. It also marked the 10th time in MIAA history with Hope accomplishing the feat five times and Kalamazoo four times.

To listen to a post-meet audio interview with Calvin head swim coach Dan Gelderloos, visit the Calvin website at: Dan Gelderloos Audio Interview

To listen to a post-meet audio interview with Calvin head diving coach Aaron Paskvan, visit the Calvin website at: Aaron Paskvan Audio Interview

For a post-meet audio interview with Calvin senior Peter Johnson, visit the Calvin website at: Peter Johnson Audio Interview

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Calvin Women’s Swimming and Diving Completes Decade of Dominance with 10 Straight MIAA Title

Sunday, February 16, 2014

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By Brett VenHuizen

Calvin completed a decade of dominance by winning its 10th consecutive MIAA title on Saturday night, finishing the four day MIAA Championships competition with a total of 895 points, 37 points ahead of runner-up Hope. Calvin entered Saturday’s competition with a 42-point lead and had a solid performance throughout Saturday to hold on to its lead and the title. Calvin’s MIAA title is its 12th in program history. Calvin’s streak of 10 consecutive MIAA titles matches the longest streak in MIAA women’s swimming and diving history as Hope also won 10 straight titles from 1980-to-1989. Sophomore Michaela Rookus was named the MIAA’s Most Valuable Swimmer after winning three individual titles over the course of the four-day competition. Rookus is the sixth individual in Calvin women’s swimming and diving history to receive MIAA Most Valuable Swimmer honors.

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Calvin Women’s Swimming and Diving Takes Over the Lead at MIAA Championships

Friday, February 14, 2014

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The Calvin women’s swim and dive team entered the third day of the MIAA Championships trailing rival Hope by nine points, 280-271. A strong night by the Calvin women, including a pair of top finishes on Friday however, set up the Knights with a 42 point lead over Hope heading into the final night. The Knights began the finals of the third day with a first place finish as the relay team of junior Erika Waugh, sophomore Michaela Rookus, senior Kristin Kinzer, and junior Kathryn Wrobel finished the 200 medley relay in 1:46.66. Calvin then earned four out of the six top spots in the 100 yard breaststroke. In a time of 1:05.31, Rookus took first for the Knights. Junior Lexi Scott followed in third in 1:06.16, freshman Adrienne Wesselius fourth in 1:08.00, and freshman Nicole Karl in sixth in 1:09.81. The strong night from the Calvin women puts them into first heading into the final night, with 586 points while Hope sits in second at 544 points. Kalamazoo is in third with 391, Albion in fourth with 335, Alma in fifth with 283, and Olivet in sixth with 170.

Dan Gelderloos Audio Interview

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Women’s Swimming and Diving in Second After Day Two of MIAA Championships - Waugh Breaks Record

Friday, February 14, 2014

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Thursday Results

Story By Brett VenHuizen/Photo by Bobby Lee

With two days of competition left to go at the MIAA Swimming and Diving Championships, the Calvin women’s team sits in second place with 271 points – nine points behind first place Hope.The Knights started out the second session of Thursday’s meet with a second place finish in the 200 free relay final with the quartet of Adrienne Wesselius, Michaela Rookus, Kristen Kinzer, and Kathryn Wrobel. The team posted a time of 1:36.25. Next was the 500 free finals where the Knights took fourth and sixth. Fourth place was taken by Kathryn Wrobel with a time of 5:07.93 and sixth was taken by Elizabeth Schleh with a time of 5:16.68. Rookus later won the 200 IM title for the second straight year, recording a time of 2:07.62. Junior Erika Waugh had a big day, breaking the MIAA record in the 100 backstroke twice as the leadoff leg of Calvin’s 400 medley relay. In the morning prelims, she clocked a time of 57.52 and then came back with a record time of 57.44 in the evening finals. Waugh’s 100 back time broke a 20-year-old MIAA record, set originally by Hope’s Susan Looman (:57.82)  in 1994 and equaled in 2009 by Hope’s Brittaney Reest Delo.

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Women’s Swimming and Diving Claims 800 Freestyle Relay Victory at MIAA Championships

Thursday, February 13, 2014

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The Calvin women’s swimming and diving team got off to a winning start on Wednesday night at the MIAA Swimming and Diving Championships, winning the 800 freestyle relay with a time of 7:42.39, finishing a second-and-a-half ahead of second place Hope. Calvin’s relay team consisted of juniors Erika Waugh, Kathryn Wrobel and Alex Dhaenens and senior Margaret Rechel. The first place performance bumps Calvin into the early lead in the team standings with 40 points. Action continues on Thursday with prelims set for 10 a.m. and finals slated for 5:30 p.m. inside Calvin’s Venema Aquatic Center.

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Calvin Set to Host MIAA Swimming and Diving Championships

Monday, February 10, 2014

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The 2014 MIAA Swimming and Diving Championships are set to take place this week inside Calvin’s Venema Aquatic Center beginning with the one-meter diving prelims competition as well as the 800 freestyle relay events Wednesday night at 7 p.m. Action will continue Thursday, Friday and Saturday with prelims set for 10 a.m. and finals set for 5:30 p.m. The Calvin Sports Information Office caught up with Calvin head swim coach Dan Gelderloos and to preview the upcoming championship meet. That audio interview can be found online at: MIAA Swimming and Diving Championships Audio Preview

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Women’s Basketball vs Trine Postponed for Monday Night - Swim Meets Cancelled

Monday, January 27, 2014

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The Calvin women’s basketball game with Trine scheduled for tonight (Jan. 27) at 6 p.m. at Van Noord Arena has been postponed due to weather conditions. The game has been rescheduled for February 3 at 7 p.m. at Calvin. In addition, the Calvin-Hope swim meet that was postponed on January 25 will not be made up and has now been cancelled. Stay tuned for further information.

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Kathryn Wrobel Named MIAA Women’s Athlete of the Week for Swimming and Diving

Monday, January 20, 2014

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ROYAL OAK, Mich.  – The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has named Calvin’s Kathryn Wrobel its MIAA Women’s Athlete of the Week in swimming and diving for meets through January 18. Wrobel, a junior from Arden Hills, Minn. (Mounds View HS), won three freestyle events in leading Calvin to a 193-105 MIAA dual meet victory over Kalamazoo. She won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:58.28, the 500 freestyle in 5:12.70 and the 1,000 freestyle in 10:37.68. Wrobel is being honored as Athlete of the Week for the first time in her career. Wrobel is part of a Calvin women’s swimming and diving team that is currently ranked 15th nationally. The Knights will head to rival Hope on Saturday for a 1 p.m. dual meet.

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Women’s Swimming and Diving Team Cruises to Dual Meet Win Over Kalamazoo

Saturday, January 18, 2014

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Full Meet Results

Competing on Senior Day, the Calvin women’s swimming and diving recorded a dominating 193-105 dual meet victory over visiting Kalamazoo inside the Venema Aquatic Center. Ranked 15th by Collegeswimming.com, Calvin is now 6-3 in dual meet competition heading into a dual meet at rival Hope next Saturday in Holland. Ranked 15th in the most recent Collegeswimming.com Top 25 poll, Calvin was led by junior Kathryn Wrobel (Arden Hills, MN/Moundsview HS) as she claimed victories in the 1,000 freestyle (10:37.68), 500 freestyle (5:12.70) and 200 freestyle (1:58.28).  For a postmeet audio interview with head coach Dan Gelderloos, listen to his online audio interview at: Dan Gelderloos Audio Interview

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Calvin Women’s Swimming and Diving Takes First Place at Own Triangular

Sunday, January 12, 2014

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Final Results

The Calvin women’s swimming and diving team took first place at a triangular that included Albion and Ohio Northern this weekend. Over the course of the two-day meet, Calvin tallied a first place total of 1059.5 points with Albion second with 929 points and Ohio Northern third at 893.5. 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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