Tuesday, October 30, 2012
The Calvin men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams have cracked the first set of Division III Top 25 rankings released by Collegeswimming.com. The Calvin women are ranked 15th in the poll while the Calvin men are ranked 25th. Both teams are preparing for busy weekends as the the Knights travel to Alma on Friday for a 6 p.m. dual meet and then journey to Wheaton on Saturday for a 1 p.m. dual meet. The Calvin/Wheaton women’s dual meet will feature a matchup of nationally-ranked teams as the Wheaton women are ranked eighth.
Saturday, October 27, 2012
OLIVET – The Calvin men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams picked up their first dual meet victories of the year on Saturday with the Calvin men picking up a 162-124 victory while the Calvin were victorious 197-83. Calvin had several standout performances in both competitions. On the men’s side, freshman Aaron Vennema (Grand Haven/Grand Haven HS) and junior Andrew Mitchell (Iron Moun-tain, MI/Kingsford HS) were both double-winners with Vennema winning the 200 freestyle (1:46.77) and 500 freestyle (4:52.70) while Mitchell claimed gold in the 100 backstroke (54.44) and 200 back-stroke (2:03.86). On the women’s side, Calvin took first place in 13 events. Senior Stephanie Fox (Kentwood, MI/Home Schooled) won the 1000 freestyle (11:03.60) and 100 freestyle (55.75) while freshman Michaela Rookus (Hudsonville/Hudsonville HS) won the 100 breaststroke (1:10.17) and 200 breaststroke (2:31.84). In addition, senior Shelby Cloyd (Kalamazoo/Plainwell HS) was a double-winner, claiming first in the 200 butterfly (2:18.73) and 100 butterfly (1:02.90). On the diving boards, senior Samantha Klaasen (Holland/Holland Christian HS) won the one-meter competition (234.00) and three-meter competition (252.25). Both teams are back in action on November 2 for dual meets at Alma College (6 p.m.).
Friday, October 26, 2012
By Mark DeHaan
With a swim meet tomorrow at Olivet, the Calvin swim and dive team hopes to look strong on back-to-back days as they swam Friday night against Division II Grand Valley State. The Lakers won both the men’s and women’s competitions, defeating the Calvin men 163-77 and the Calvin women 157-83.Calvin returns to the pool tomorrow when it travels to Olivet to take on the Comets with the meet starting at 1 p.m.
Friday, October 19, 2012
By Mark DeHaan
The Calvin women’s swimming and diving team opened up the season Friday night by hosting the unscored MIAA Relays at the Venema Aquatic Center. The women, despite dropping the first relay, went on to win the next seven en route to a strong night in the pool.The meet was not scored, but the feeling around the pool after it had concluded was that the Calvin women had put in the strongest performance. Despite that, head coach Dan Gelderloos says the focus is still on Monday through Friday, at least until after Christmas break when real MIAA competition begins.“You never know what to expect coming into the event. We’re just trying to get everyone involved and put some numbers on paper,” said Gelderloos. “It’s fun to get some good splits up on the clock, it gets (the team) a little bit more motivated, but the biggest thing on my mind is Monday through Friday.” Calvin now looks forward to next weekend when it will host Grand Valley State on Friday and travel to Olivet on Saturday.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
With six returning All-MIAA selections and 17 returning letterwinners, the 2012-13 Calvin women’s swimming and diving team will seek its ninth consecutive MIAA title this year. Calvin will open its season on October 20 when it hosts the annual MIAA Relays. Non-conference dual meets are scheduled with Grand Valley State, Wheaton and Wayne State. Calvin will also hosts its own Calvin Winter Invitational November 29-December 1. In addition, Calvin will compete at the University of Chicago Classic January 11 and 12. Conference dual meets are sprinkled throughout November, January and February including a home dual meet with rival Hope on January 19. The MIAA Championships are slated to be held February 13-16 at nearby Jenison High School. Another highlight on the schedule is the first-ever NCAA III Diving Regional to be held at Calvin. The regional, which will determine qualifiers to the NCAA III Championships, will be held at the Venema Aquatic Center March 1 and 2. The NCAA III Championships are slated to be held March 20-23 in Shenandoah, Texas.
Thursday, August 30, 2012
(Photo by Vicki Gelderloos)
With light rain tumbling down and his three sons running by his side, Calvin College swim coach Dan Gelderloos realized a longtime dream last weekend, completing the 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 mile Michigan Titanium Triathlon in a time just over 12 hours.The triathlon was held at official “Ironman” distance and allowed the 40-year old Gelderloos to achieve a goal he had set his eyes on long ago. For more on Gelderloos, visit the link above or click on the embedded video.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
The 2011-12 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Academic - Honor Roll has been announced by Commissioner David Neilson and 123 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.
Wednesday, August 08, 2012
The NCAA has passed a new qualification system for divers seeking to qualify for the NCAA III Swimming and Diving Championships next March and Calvin will be a part of that new process.Beginning this year, men’s and women’s divers seeking to qualify for the NCAA III Championships will compete at one of four regional qualifying sites March 1 and 2. Calvin has been selected as one of the four host sites with competition slated to be held at the Venema Aquatic Center.
Saturday, July 21, 2012
The Calvin women’s swimming and diving team has been named to the College Swim Coaches Association of America Scholar All-America honor roll list for the spring semester. In order to receive the award, a team must post a 3.10 grade point average or above. The Calvin women’s team also was named to the CSCAA Scholar All-America honor roll list for the fall semester as well. In addition, Calvin had three individuals from its swim program receive individual CSCAA All-America honors as junior Sam Klaasen and freshman Erika Waugh of the women’s team and sophomore Andy Krafft of the men’s team were so honored. In order to receive the award, individuals needed to have posted at least an NCAA III conditional qualifying score and post a 3.50 grade point average.
Sunday, April 01, 2012
After winning MIAA Most Valuable Diver and posting NCAA qualifying scores in her sophomore and junior year, Samantha Klaasen was hoping for an invitation to dive at the NCAA Championships. Unfortunately, she was not invited to the meet, limited to 22 divers nationwide, this season or last. The disappointment was initially a setback for the Holland (Mich.) Christian graduate but has since turned into motivation to dive stronger in her senior year.« First < 5 6 7 8 9 > Last »