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Track & Field Teams Compete at Will Baskin Invitational at U. of South Carolina

Saturday, March 23, 2013

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COLUMBIA, MO - Calvin opened competition at the Will Baskin Invitational hosted by the University of South Carolina on Friday. The majority of the events were field events on Friday. Sophomore Christina Geating had a strong performance in the pole vault, clearing the bar at 10-6. Sophomore Jordyn Platt also had a throw of 95-11 in the javelin. On the men’s side, freshman David Dadzie had a throw of 157-5 and junior Andrew Dykstra a toss of 157-4 in the javelin. Action continues on Saturday.

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Men’s Golf Competes Against Newberry University in Spring Break Dual Match

Saturday, March 23, 2013

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CHARLESTON, SC - The Calvin men’s golf team competed in a head-to-head competition with the Division II Newberry Wolves on Friday. Newberry is coached by 1986 Calvin graduate Howard Vroon. The two teams featured split squads with the Newberry A team posting a team score of 304 while Calvin’s A squad had a score of 322. The Newberry B team came in at 331 while the Calvin B team came in at 334. Calvin’s A team scorers included senior Dave Sarkipato with a 78, senior Ben Kuiper with a 79, sophomore Mark Allen with a 79, junior Jake Hoogstre with an 86 and sophomore James VanNoord with an 87. Calvin’s B team included junior Ross Ryzenga with an 83, freshman Ben Elenbaas with an 85, freshman Justin Crow with an 87 and freshman Luke Tindall with an 88.Calvin’s next scheduled competition is April 10 when it hosts the Furniture City Classic at the Thornapple Pointe Golf Club.

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Elizabeth Counsell Earns National Runner-Up Berth in 100 Breaststroke - Calvin In 11th at NCAAs

Friday, March 22, 2013

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SHENANDOAH, TX - The Calvin women’s swimming and diving team remains in 11th place at the NCAA III Championships. The Knights have a team total of 68 points with one day of competition left. Senior Elizabeth Counsell (Indianapolis, IN/Heritage Christian HS) highlighted the evening for Calvin with a national runner-up finish in the 100 breaststroke, clocking in with a season-best time of 1:02.79. Counsell entered the meet seeded seventh in the event but pulled off the third-fastest time of the morning prelims (1:03.40) and then lowered her time again in the evening finals, finishing only behind Amy Spay of Wisconsin-Whitewater (1:00.85). The finish is the best by a Calvin swimmer in the event at the national meet, surpassing the third place finish earned by Emily Roberts in the 100 breaststroke in 2007. It also marks the second individual All-America finish of Counsell’s career at Calvin. She was an All-American in the 200 breaststroke two years ago and will have a chance to swim for honors in that event on Saturday. Counsell was one of two Calvin swimmers to score in the 100 breaststroke Friday night as freshman Michaela Rookus (Hudsonville/Hudsonville HS) was 11th in a season-best time of 1:04.20 that was good for a honorable mention All-America berth. In the one-meter diving competition, senior Samanthah Klaasen (Holland/Holland Christian HS) took 15th for an honorable mention All-America spot.

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Men’ tennis splits pair of matches to conclude spring break trip

Friday, March 22, 2013

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ORLANDO, FL - The Calvin men’s tennis team finished its spring break trip with a 9-0 victory against Knox College (IL) on Thurs., Mar. 21 and a 5-4 loss to Wisconsin-Oshkosh on Fri., Mar. 22.  In the matchup with the Prairie Fire of Knox, Calvin won all three doubles flights, surrendering five or less games in each flight.  Seniors Preston Phillips (Bexley, OH/Bexley) and Phil Reinken (Morton, IL/Morton HS) defeated Karl Ruzgas and Walter Palmer 8-5 at first doubles.  Senior Brian DeMaagd (Grandville/Calvin Christian) and junior Loukas Peterson (Brentwood, TN/Brentwood HS) defeated Jonathan Ng and David Ham 8-5 at second doubles. The third doubles flight did not provide any drama.  Senior Jarrod Brower (Holland/Holland Christian) and sophomore John Strikwerda (Holland/Holland Christian) defeated Dustin Loch and Mike Carr 8-1.  Calvin needed to split the six singles flights to win the match.  The Knights did that and more, sweeping all six.  Phillips at second singles, Peterson at fourth singles, Brower at fifth singles and sophomore Tom Griffin (Elmhurst, IL/Timothy Christian) all won in straight sets without yielding more than two games in any set.  DeMaagd needed three sets to pull of a 3-6, 6-1, 10-3 victory over Ruzgas at first singles.  Reinken defeated Ng 6-4, 6-1 at third singles.  In Calvin’s match with UW-Oshkosh, the alma mate of Calvin head coach John Ross, the Knights secured a win at third doubles, but fell in two close matches at first and second doubles.  In the third doubles match, Brower and Strikwerda defeated Charlie Bostwick and Adam Kasper 8-1.  Bobby Brooks and Kevin Lewis defeated Phillips and Reinken 8-5 at first doubles while Mike Gillespie and Aidan Sauberlich defeated DeMaagd and Peterson at second doubles.  The Titans and Knights split the six singles flights, but it wasn’t enough for Calvin to win the match.  Reinken defeated Sauberlich 6-0, 4-6, 6-4 at third singles.  Brower defeated Alex Yang 6-4, 6-3 at fifth singles.  Griffin defeated Kinan Al-Bitar 6-2, 6-1 at sixth singles.  Peterson pushed his match to a third set at fourth singles, but was unable to win a game in the decisive set, and fell 6-1, 2-6, 6-0.  Calvin concludes its spring break trip with a 3-2 record.  The Knights will continue the non-conference portion of their schedule Mar. 28 with a match against Spring Arbor.

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Women’s tennis concludes spring break trip with a pair of defeats

Friday, March 22, 2013

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ORLANDO, FL – The Calvin women’s tennis team finished up a match with Hamilton College (NY) Fri. after rain delayed the match on Wed.  The Knights also faced Grinnell College (IA) on the same day.  Calvin fell to Hamilton 6-3 in the morning and dropped a 7-2 decision to Grinnell in the afternoon.  In the match with the Continentals of Hamilton, Calvin won two of the first three doubles matches, but could muster only one singles victory.  In doubles, the Calvin first doubles team of junior Bethany Zoerhof (Holland/Holland Christian) and sophomore Megan Visser (Kalamazoo/Kalamazoo Christian) won a tight set with Liz Detwiler and Meg Lee 9-7.  Seniors Jordan Ipema (Kalamazoo/Kalamazoo Christian) and Elise Doezema (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian) fell to Mira Khanna and Bella Schoning 8-2 at second doubles.  Sophomores Ali Roode (Hudsonville/Unity Christian) and Samantha Reitsma (Grand Rapids/Northpointe Christian) defeated Aislinn Shea and Melissa Mann 8-5 at third doubles.  Calvin’s lone singles win came at first singles.  Visser defeated Khanna 6-3, 7-6(6).  The fifth and six singles flights were close matches.  Rachel Friedman defeated Reitsma 6-4, 6-3 at fifth singles.  Shea beat Doezema in a three set thriller by scores of 6-3, 4-6, 10-7.  In the match with the Pioneers of Grinnell, Calvin won one of the three doubles flights as well as one of the six singles flights.  Shirlene Luk and Clothilde Thirouin defeated Zoerhof and Visser 8-4 at first doubles.  Laura Krull and Catherine Fitch defeated Ipema and Doezema 8-2 at second doubles.  Roode and Reitsma defeated Emma MacDonald and Julia Rumley 8-6 at third doubles.  All six singles flights needed only two sets to complete.  The Knights’ lone victory came from Doezema, who defeated Emily Groth 6-2, 6-1.  Calvin ends its spring break trip with a 0-5 record.  The Knights open up their conference season with a match against Albion on Mar. 26 slated to start at 4:00 p.m. 

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Calvin Softball Falls to Wesleyan - Defeats Wellesley - Finishes Spring Trip at 7-3

Thursday, March 21, 2013

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CLERMONT, FL - Calvin split a pair of games on Thursday on its final day of its spring trip, falling to Wesleyan University 4-0 before coming back to top Wellesley 3-1. The Knights conclude their spring trip with a 7-3 record. In the loss to Wesleyan, junior Caitlin Callow (Rochester/Muskegon Catholic Central HS) took the loss. Both teams had just four hits but Wesleyan capitalized on four walks and two Calvin errors. Sophomore Trista Brownlee (Saginaw/Saginaw Valley Lutheran HS) also saw time in relief.  Junior Lina Avila (Lakewood, CA/Valley Christian HS) had two of Calvin’s four hits while junior Ashley Jakus (Muskegon/Muskegon Reeths-Puffer HS) and sophomore Christie VanderMeer (Grandville/Grandville HS) had one hit apiece. Calvin jumped out to a 2-1 lead on a two-run RBI single by freshman catcher Lydia Gildea (Gobles/Gobles HS) in the bottom of the third. Calvin tacked on an insurance run on an RBI single by Avila. Calvin will now prepare for its home opener next Wednesday when it is scheduled to host DePauw University in a non-conference twinbill at 3:30 p.m.

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Women’s tennis falls to William Smith 7-2

Thursday, March 21, 2013

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ORLANDO, FL - After a matchup with Hamilton College was postponed due to rain, the Knights took to the courts Thurs., Mar. 21, for a match against William Smith (NY).  The Herons defeated the Knights 7-2.  Calvin was able to win one of the three doubles matches.  Seniors Elise Doezema (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian) and Jordan Ipema (Kalamazoo/Kalamazoo Christian) defeated Remy Raevsky and Hallsey Leighton 8-6.  Kiara Ocasio and Teru Greene defeated Calvin junior Bethany Zoerhof (Holland/Holland Christian) and sophomore Megan Visser (Kalamazoo/Kalamazoo Christian) 8-5 at first doubles.  Kate O’Connor and Casey Nicoletti defeated sophomores Ali Roode (Hudsonville/Unity Christian) and Samantha Reitsma (Grand Rapids/Northpointe Christian) 8-2 at third doubles.  All six singles flights needed only two sets to complete.  Unfortunately for the Knights, five of them went to the Herons.  Calvin’s lone victory in singles same from the fifth singles flight.  Reitsma outlasted Sydney Arsenault 7-5, 7-5.  Visser came close to winning a set against Greene at first singles, but suffered a 7-5, 6-4 defeat.  Calvin concludes its spring break trip Fri., Mar. 22, against Grinnell College.

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Calvin Takes 10th in 400 Medley Relay at NCAAs - Kinzer Shatters School Record in 100 Backstroke

Thursday, March 21, 2013

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SHENANDOAH, TX - The Calvin women’s swimming and diving team continued to pick up points at the NCAA III Swimming and Diving Championships as its 400 medley relay team of seniors Kristy Kinzer (Fort Wayne, IN/Homestead HS), Elizabeth Counsell (Indianapolis, IN/Heritage Christian HS)  senior Rachel Colasurdo (Chesapeake, VA/Home Schooled) and freshman Michaela Rookus (Hudsonville/Hudsonville HS) placed 10th in a season-best time of 3:50.78. just missing the school record of 3:50.34. The relay entered the meet seeded 22nd but moved into the consolation finals with a 14th place finish in the morning prelims, clocking in with a time of 3:53.96.The Knights then lopped more than three seconds off their morning swim in the consolation finals Thursday night and moved up four spots in the process. Kinzer highlighted the relay by leading off with a time of 57.71 in the opening backstroke leg which will count as a new school record, surpassing the previous Calvin mark of 58.45 set by Monica Bressler in 2009. The 10th place finish is good for an honorable mention All-America berth. It also places Calvin in 12th place in the team standings with 43 points, just three points behind 11th place Wheaton.

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Softball Rolls Past Manchester and New England College in Sunshine State

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

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CLERMONT, FL - Calvin improved to 6-2 on the year with victories over Manchester and Benedictine University Wednesday afternoon. Calvin opened with a 5-0 victory over Manchester and then handed New England College an 11-3 defeat in five innings late Wednesday afternoon.In the win over Manchester, junior Caitlin Callow (Rochester/Muskegon Catholic Central HS) tossed a four-hit shutout while striking out three without a walk. Calvin scored all five of its runs in the top of the first inning, using three hits and two Manchester errors to take command.In the win over New England, junior Lina Avila (Lakewood, CA/Valley Christian HS) picked up the win to improve to 4-0 on the year. She struck out five and scattered six hits in a game limited to five innings because of the mercy-rule. Sophomore Catherine Hilbrands (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) belted a two-run homer while senior Merin Cok (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) went 3-for-3 with a triple and two singles. She also batted in three runs. Sophomore Christie VanderMeer also had two hits and three runs batted in. Avila had two hits as well.

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Men’s Lacrosse Defeated by Augustana 20-0

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

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ROCK ISLAND, IL - Calvin dropped a 20-0 decision to Augustana College Wednesday night. Calvin is now 1-6 on the year. Calvin trailed 7-0 through one period of play but dug in to allow just one goal in the second quarter to trail 8-0 at halftime. An undermanned Calvin squad then allowed 12 second half goals. Calvin will now travel to the Chicago area and will play Wheaton’s club team on Friday night. Because the game will be against a non varsity team, the result will not count on Calvin’s won-loss record.

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