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Calvin Women’s Swimming & Diving Sending Five to NCAA III Championships

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

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NCAA III Championships Psyche Sheet

The Calvin women’s swimming and diving team will be sending five individuals to the upcoming NCAA III Championships March 20-23 in Shenandoah, Texas. Representing Calvin will be seniors Elizabeth Counsell, Rachel Colasurdo, Kristy Kinzer and Samantha Klaasen and freshman Michaela Rookus. Counsell will be making her fourth consecutive trip to the national meet while Kinzer will be attending for the second time. Klaasen, Colasurdo and Rookus will be competing for the first time at the national finals.

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Samantha Klaasen Completes Big Diving Weekend With Second Place on Three-Meter At Regional Meet

Saturday, March 02, 2013

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Regional Website

Photo by Sandy Palmatter

Calvin senior Samantha Klaasen (Holland/Holland Christian HS) had a stellar performance on day two of the NCAA Division III diving regional at Calvin’s Venema Aquatic Center Saturday afternoon, finishing second on the three-meter board with a score of 482.60, finishing just three points behind winner Renee Jordan of Macalester College. On Friday night, Klaasen captured the regional one-meter diving title with a pool record score of 496.60 points to earn an automatic qualifying spot to the NCAA III Championships March 20-23 in Shenandoah, Texas. Klaasen will be eligible to compete on both the one and three-meter boards and will be making her first trip to the national meet. Also competing for Calvin on Saturday was freshman Sarah Roth (Brighton/Brighton HS). Roth took 14th with a score of 388.35 points.

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Samantha Klaasen Captures NCAA III Regional Title on One-Meter Board - Qualifies for Nationals

Friday, March 01, 2013

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After two consecutive years of sitting on the outside of the NCAA III Championships, Calvin senior Samantha Klaasen was determined to make good on her final opportunity to advance to the national meet. Klaasen did just that Friday night and did so with aplomb as she captured the NCAA Division III Central Regional one-meter title Friday night at Calvin’s Venema Aquatic Center with a pool record point total of 496.60 points. Her point total breaks the previous pool record of 452.30 set by Grand Valley State’s Karen VerBrugge in 2010.  The one-meter title gives Klaasen an automatic trip to the NCAA III Championships March 20-23 in Shenendoah, Texas.

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Calvin Women’s Swimming and Diving Team Receives Academic Award From CSCAA

Thursday, February 28, 2013

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College Swim Coaches Association All-Academic Team List

The Calvin College womenís swimming and diving team has received the Scholar All Academic Team citation from the College Swimming Coaches Association of America for the 2012 fall semester.To be eligible, a team needed to maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a four-point scale.  The Calvin womenís team recorded a 3.28 grade point average. The Calvin womenís swimming and diving team is coached by Dan Gelderloos.

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Calvin Set to Host NCAA III Central Diving Regional Friday and Saturday at Venema Aquatic Center

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

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NCAA Division III Central Regional Diving Website

Calvin College is preparing to host the first-ever NCAA Division III Central Diving Regional. The two-day event will include divers from around the central region states and will be held inside Calvin’s Venema Aquatic Center. Action will begin on Friday at 5 p.m. (EST) and will continue on Saturday at noon. Men’s and women’s divers will be seeking to qualify for the upcoming NCAA III Championships on both the one and three-meter diving boards. Admission to spectators will be free for the weekend. A complete list of competitors and schedule of diving sessions is expected to be announced Wednesday afternoon when the list of declared divers is released. The winners of each (one and three-meter) diving competition will gain automatic berths to the NCAA III Championships. A further number of at-large berths will also be available. The number of berths available at Calvin’s regional should be announced no later than Thursday. The Calvin sports information office caught up with Calvin diving coach Aaron Paskvan to preview the upcoming regional and filed the following audio interview at: Calvin NCAA Division III Central Region Diving Preview

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Calvin Women’s Swimming and Diving Lands Seven on All-MIAA Team - Klaasen Most Valuable Diver

Friday, February 22, 2013

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By Mark DeHaan

The Calvin women’s swim and dive team saw seven members earn All-MIAA honors en route to its ninth straight MIAA Championship.Knights named to the team include seniors Samantha Klaasen, Elizabeth Counsell, and Kristy Kinzer, sophomores Erika Waugh and Kathryn Wrobel, and freshmen Michaela Rookus and Sarah Roth. Klaasen (Holland, MI/Holland Christian HS) was the most valuable diver at this year’s MIAA Championships. The 2013 swim championships marked Klaasen’s third straight year as an All-MIAA selection and third straight year as the MIAA most valuable diver. Klaasen won the one-meter board with a score of 451.15, her third straight year placing first in the event, and the three-meter board with a score of 458.35, taking first for the second time in three years. Calvin continued its championship streak by earning 802.5 points over the MIAA Championships, defeating second-place Hope by 38 points. The Knights have now earned nine straight MIAA Championships and 11 in the last 13 years.

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Women’s Swimming and Diving Wins MIAA Title For Ninth Straight Year - Men Take Second at MIAAs

Sunday, February 17, 2013

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(Photo by Dan Vos)

The Calvin women’s swimming and diving team captured its ninth consecutive MIAA title on Saturday, finishing 38 points ahead of runner-up Hope at the MIAA Championships which concluded Saturday night at the Jenison Aquatics Center. Senior Elizabeth Counsell won the 200 breaststroke for the third straight year while senior Samantha Klaasen won the one-meter diving competition for a third straight year. Klaasen was later named the MIAA’s Most Valuable Diver for the third straight year. On the men’s side, Calvin posted its highest team finish in more than 20 years, finishing with a school record point total of over 660 points. Freshman Caleb Meindertsma took home the gold medal in the 1,650 freestyle with a school record time of 16:06.12 that is also good for an NCAA B’ cut time and shattered his own school record by more than 10 seconds.

Dan Gelderloos Audio Interview

Aaron Paskvan Audio Interview

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Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Teams Have Big Performances at MIAA Championships

Friday, February 15, 2013

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The Calvin men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams had strong performances at the MIAA Championships Friday night at the Jenison Aquatic Center. The Calvin women boosted their overall lead over Hope to 42 points heading into the final day of competition. Senior Elizabeth Counsell (Indianapolis, IN/Heritage Christian HS) came up with the lone individual win for Calvin as she claimed the 100 breaststroke title for the third straight year, this time doing so out of lane one with a strong NCAA III B’ cut qualifying time of 1:04.37. Freshman teammate Michaela Rookus (Hudsonville/Hudsonville HS) was close behind in a second place and NCAA III B’ cut qualifying time of 1:05.05. It marks the eighth consecutive year a Calvin swimmer has won the event.Calvin’s 200 medley relay team highlighted the evening for Calvin by winning in an MIAA and school record time of 1:45.84, breaking the previous MIAA mark set by Calvin in 2009. The time is also an NCAA B’ cut qualifying time. Calvin has now won the event six out of the last seven years. On the men’s side, Calvin sits in second place with 466 points. The Knights picked up a victory on Friday from senior Mark Rushlow (Goshen, IN) in the 100 butterfly as he repeated as league champion in the event. Freshman Jordan Cochran (Mount Vernon, OH) took third in the 100 breaststroke with a school record time of 56.83, missing first place by just four-hundreths of a second.

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Women’s Swimming and Diving in First/Men’s Swimming and Diving Second After Day Two of MIAAs

Friday, February 15, 2013

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Story by Mitch Blankespoor

JENISON, MI Ė The second day of the 2013 MIAA Swimming and Diving Championships concluded Thursday evening at Jenison High School.  The Calvin women hold a slim lead over Hope, 283.5-272.  On the menís side, Kalamazoo is the leader with 299 points.  The Knights currently sit in second place with 219 points. The Calvin men’s 400 medley relay team took first place on Thursday with a school record time of 3:22.77. On the women’s side, Calvin crowned champions in the 200 IM (Michaela Rookus), 500 freestyle (Kathryn Wrobel) and one-meter diving (Samantha Klaasen). The Calvin women’s 400 medley relay team also took first place with an NCAA B’ cut qualifying time of 3:54.61

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Calvin Swimming and Diving Teams Off To Fast Starts at MIAA Championships

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

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JENISON, Mich. Ė The Calvin menís and womenís swimming and diving teams had strong first day performances at the MIAA Championships at the Jenison Aquatic Center. The only finals event scheduled for Wednesday was the 800 freestyle relay and on the womenís side, Calvin cruised to a first place time of 7:41.97. The time is an NCAA ďB cut qualifying time and was recorded by the Calvin quartet of senior Stephanie Fox (Kentwood/Home Schooled), freshman Michaela Rookus (Hudsonville/Hudsonville HS), senior Elizabeth Counsell (Indianapolis, IN/Heritage Christian HS) and sophomore Kathryn Wrobel (Arden Hills, MN/Mounds View HS). The finish gives Calvin a first place lead in the early team standings with 40 points.On the menís side, Calvinís 800 freestyle relay team of junior Andrew Mitchell (Iron Mountain/Kingsford HS), freshman Brandon Muma (Grand Rapids/Forest Hills Eastern HS), freshman Aaron Venema (Grand Haven/Grand Haven HS) and sophomore Alex Baumann (Holland/Holland Christian HS) took first place with a time of 6:53.10. Albion took first place with a time of 6:49.90. Calvin sits in second place in the menís team standings with 34 points. Action continues on Thursday with morning prelims and evening finals.

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