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All-MIAA Men’s and Women’s Swimming & Diving Teams Announced

Sunday, February 21, 2010

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The All-MIAA men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams have been announced and six members of the Calvin women’s team have been so honored while one member of the Calvin men’s team has been selected.

Calvin athletes that have been selected to the All-MIAA women’s swimming and diving team include seniors Emily Roberts, Maggie Vail and Casey Herman, junior Monica Bressler and freshmen Rachel Bos and Elizabeth Counsell.

On the men’s side, Calvin freshman Mark Rushlow has been named to the All-MIAA team.

A native of DeKalb, Illinois (DeKalb High School), Roberts is making her fourth straight appearance on the All-MIAA team and in doing so, is the 11th individual in Calvin women’s swimming and diving history to receive All-MIAA honors four straight years.

At the recent MIAA Swimming and Diving Championships, Roberts placed second in the 200 IM, 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke, recording NCAA III B’ cut qualifying times in all three events. She was also a part of Calvin’s MIAA champion 200 and 400 medley relay teams.

A native of Portage (Portage Northern HS), Vail is making her third appearance on the All-MIAA team. At the MIAA Championships last week, she captured first place in the 200 IM, 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke and was a member of Calvin’s MIAA champion 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relay teams.

Vail has also been named the MIAA’s Most Valuable Swimmer, marking the eighth time in the last nine years that a Calvin women’s swimmer has been so honored.

Herman is from Libertyville, Illinois (Libertyville HS). She is appearing on the All-MIAA team for the first time. At last week’s MIAA Championships, Herman took first place on the one-meter board (441.25) and second on the three-meter board (433.0).

A native of Sandusky, Ohio (Perkins HS), Bressler is receiving All-MIAA accolades for the second time. Bressler was a three-time individual event winner at the conference meet, winning the 50 freestyle (23.76), 100 backstroke (.58.66) and 200 backstroke (2:09.94). She was also a part of Calvin’s MIAA champion 200 freestyle, 400 freestyle, 200 medley and 400 medley relay teams.

Bos is from Hudsonville and is a graduate of Hudsonville Unity Christian High School. At the conference meet, Bos took third in the 100 freestyle (53.60), fourth in the 50 freestyle (24.33) and fifth in the 100 butterfly (59.73) and was a member of Calvin’s MIAA champion 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams.

Counsell is from Indianapolis, Indiana. She is a graduate of Heritage Christian High School. At the MIAA Championships, she was third in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.53), fourth in the 200 breaststroke (2:24.96) and ninth in the 200 IM (2:14.68).

Rushlow was one of Calvin’s top point producers in the men’s conference meet. A native of Goshen, Indiana (Northridge HS), Rushlow was third in the 100 butterfly (50.29), fourth in the 100 freestyle (46.56) and ninth in the 50 freestyle (21.48).

The Calvin women’s swimming and diving team took first place at the conference championships with 939 points, allowing the Knights to capture their sixth consecutive league title as well as their eighth title overall.

On the men’s side, Calvin took fourth with 428 points, a 93-point improvement over its 2009 conference meet score.

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