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Women’s Swim Team Receives Good Counsell in Building First Place Lead at MIAA Championships

Saturday, February 19, 2011

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Day Two Results

By Sports Information Student Assistant Derek Neice

JENISON - The Calvin womenís swim and dive team have put themselves in prime position to secure another conference title after a strong second day in the water. With one day of competition left, the Knights have 556 points, 91 points ahead of second place Hope. With a good morning of preliminary races, the Knights took full advantage of their opportunities to score points and placed a number of swimmers in the evening championship heats.  That depth across the board for the women combined with some key first and second place finishes have given the Knights a commanding lead in the meet standings going into the final day of competition. Sophomore Elizabeth Counsell led the way with a first place and NCAA III automatic qualifying time of 1:04.18 in the 100 breaststroke. Counsell was one of two individual champions for the Calvin women on Friday as senior Monica Bressler repeated as league champion in the 100 backstroke with a time of 59.04.

Dan Gelderloos Audio Interview

Elizabeth Counsell Audio Interview

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Calvin Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Teams Receive USTFCCCA All-Academic Honors

Friday, February 18, 2011

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The United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association has announced the recipients of its All-Academic Team Awards and the Calvin men’s and women’s cross country teams have been so honored. To qualify as a USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country Team, the team must have had a cumulative team GPA of 3.10 or better and have compiled a score (finished at least five runners) at their respective NCAA regional championship. The Calvin women’s team posted a cumulative team grade point average of 3.57 while the Calvin men’s team posted a cumulative team grade point average of 3.35.

USTFCCCA Women’s All-Academic Team List

USTFCCCA Men’s All-Academic Team List

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Calvin Women Surge To Lead On First Day of MIAA Swimming & Diving Championships

Friday, February 18, 2011

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MIAA Championships First Day Results

JENISON - The Calvin women’s swimming and diving team has taken a commanding first day lead at the MIAA Swimming and Diving Championships held at the Jenison High School Aquatic Center. Through day one, the Knights are in first place with 287 points, 82 points ahead of second place Hope with Kalamazoo third with 174 points. Calvin took first place in three events Thursday night led by a 1-2-3 finish on the three-meter diving board with sophomore Sam Klaasen (Holland/Holland Christian HS) taking first place with an NCAA III qualifying score of 414.60 followed by senior Carmen Brummel (West Olive/Unity Christian HS) in second (380.15) and freshman Elise Kaufman (Sugarland, TX/Clements HS) in third (364.25).

Dan Gelderloos Audio Interview

Aaron Paskvan Audio Interview

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Andy Krafft Captures MIAA Title on One-Meter Diving Board to Lead Calvin at MIAA Championships

Friday, February 18, 2011

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Day One Results

JENISON - The Calvin men’s swimming and diving team is in fourth place through day one of the MIAA Swimming and Diving Championships with 160 points, just two points behind Olivet. Kalamazoo leads the competition with 257 points while Hope is second with 241. Highlighting the evening for the Knights was freshman Andy Krafft (Fort Wayne, IN/Home Schooled) who became the first MIAA men’s diving champion from Calvin since 1985, winning the one-meter competition with an NCAA III qualifying, Calvin record and Jenison Aquatic Center record score of 511.45. Kraft breaks the previous Calvin record for 11 dives on the one-meter board of 510.00 set by Jake Chapman in 1999.

Dan Gelderloos Audio Interview

Aaron Paskvan Audio Interview

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Women’s Basketball Picks Up 74-48 Win Over Alma - Remains Tied for MIAA Lead

Thursday, February 17, 2011

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The Calvin women’s basketball team rolled to a 74-48 victory over Alma College Wednesday night at Van Noord Arena. Calvin wore pink uniforms Wednesday night as part of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s Pink Zone initiative that promotes breast cancer awareness. Calvin led 42-17 at halftime and never looked back. Sophomore Carissa Verkaik had another big game with 31 points, seven rebounds, seven blocked shots and five steals. Ranked 23rd by d3hoops.com and 20th by the USA Today/ESPN Division III Coaches Poll, Calvin improves to 20-4 overall, hitting the 20-win plateau for the 12th time in program history and for the sixth time under eight-year head coach John Ross. The Knights are tied with Hope for first place in the MIAA standings at 14-1 in league play and will travel to Trine on Saturday for a 3 p.m. contest.

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Men’s Basketball Team Clinches Home Court Advantage for First Rd of MIAA Tourney With Win at Trine

Thursday, February 17, 2011

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ANGOLA, IN - The Calvin men’s basketball team clinched homecourt advantage for the first round of the MIAA Tournament with a 71-67 victory at Trine University Wednesday night. With the win, Calvin improves to 13-11 overall and 8-5 in the MIAA. The Knights are assured of at least the the number-three seed for next week’s MIAA Tournament and can gain the number-two seed with a win at Albion on Saturday. Albion is tied with Calvin for second place in the MIAA standings at 8-5 as the Britons defeated Hope 78-76 in overtime Wednesday night. The winner of Saturday’s Calvin-Albion contest will finish in sole possession of second place in the MIAA regular season standings while the loser will finish in third place - perhaps in a tie with Olivet - but will hold the third seed for the MIAA Tournament because of tiebreaker advantages over the Comets.

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Calvin Women’s Cross Country Runners Receive All-Academic Honors From USTFCCCA

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

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USTFCCCA Division III Women's Cross Country All-Academic Honors

The United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association has named its 2010 All-Academic receipients in women’s cross country and six members of the Calvin women’s cross country team have been so honored. In order to receive USTFCCCA All-Academic honors, individuals must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or greater through the most-recent semester and placed in the top 35 at the NCAA Regional Championships. Individuals from Calvin that received the honor include seniors Gretchen Braymer, Samantha Westveer and Alison Tuuk, junior Kaitlin Diemer, sophomore Alyssa Penning and freshman Alyssa Oram.

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Calvin Men’s Cross Country Runners Receive All-Academic Honors From USTFCCCA

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

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USTFCCCA Division III All-Academic Cross Country Teams

The United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association has named its 2010 All-Academic receipients in men’s cross country and four members of the Calvin men’s cross country team have been so honored. In order to receive USTFCCCA All-Academic honors, individuals must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or greater through the most-recent semester and placed in the top 35 at the NCAA Regional Championships. Individuals from Calvin that received the honor include seniors Jake Christiansen and Ben VanWyk, junior Dan Kerr and sophomore Matt VanderRoest.

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Men’s Tennis Opens Season at West Michigan Tournament

Sunday, February 13, 2011

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(Photo by Sandy Palmatter)

The Calvin menís tennis team opened its 2011 campaign at the West Michigan Tournament held at the Orchard Hills Tennis Center this weekend. In addition to Calvin, teams competing included Aquinas, Davenport, Hope, Grand Valley State and Grand Rapids Community College. At No. 1 singles, Andrew DeVlieger lost to Aaron Hendrick of Aquinas 6-0, 6-0 and defeated Alex Hughes of Hope 6-1, 7-5. At No. 2 singles, Preston Phillips defeated Zac Chambers of Grand Rapids Community College 6-4, 6-2 and d. Jon Lautz of Hope 2-6, 6-3, 10-7.Calvin will compete in its first dual match of the season on March 8 against Davenport at the MVP Sportsplex.

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Men’s Basketball Topples Alma 116-65 on Senior Day at Van Noord Arena

Saturday, February 12, 2011

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(Photo by Sandy Palmatter)

Calvin’s four seniors stepped up in their final regular season home game Saturday afternoon as the quartet combined for 62 of Calvin’s points in a 116-65 win over Alma Saturday afternoon. Senior Brent Schuster scored a career-high 21 points while senior Brad Schnyders had a career-high 16 points. Senior Trent Salo had 13 points while senior Danny Rodts contributed 12 points. Freshman Jordan Brink also had 16 points and eight rebounds. As a team, Calvin was 16 of 24 from three-point range as the Knights were just two triples shy of matching the Calvin single-game record for three-pointers in a game. Freshman Tyler Kruis added eight points and eight rebounds while sophomore Bryan Powell had eight points. With the win, Calvin remains in second place in the MIAA standings, one game ahead of Adrian and Olivet.

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