Andy Krafft Captures MIAA Title on One-Meter Diving Board to Lead Calvin at MIAA Championships
Friday, February 18, 2011
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.
“I am really proud of Andy,” said Calvin men’s diving coach Aaron Paskvan after Thursday night’s competition was complete. “Andy has been battling through some sickness over the past few weeks so I was a little worried that he would have the strength to make it through an 11-dive competition today but he had plenty in the tank. The exciting thing is that he still has a lot of room for improvement so we’re looking forward to the future with him as well.”
Krafft is the first MIAA men’s diving champion from Calvin since Bill VanEe won the one-meter competition at the 1985 conference meet. Only one Calvin diver has won the three-meter board at the conference meet. Dirk Pruis accomplished the feat in 1982. Krafft was one of four Calvin divers to score as freshman Lim Min (Seoul, South Korea/Unity Christian HS) was 13th (219.30), sophomore Evan Bronson (Kalamazoo, MI/Hackett Catholic Central HS) was 10th (264.05) and freshman Jeff Brown (Allison Park, PA/Hampton HS) eighth (280.70).
The top individual swim for the Calvin men came from sophomore Stephen Kraft (Warsaw, IN/Home Schooled) in the 200 IM as he placed third (1:56.52) while freshman teammate Peter Johnson (Oak Forest, IL/Home Schooled) was sixth (1:59.56).
In the 500 freestyle, junior Ross Battoclette (Cincinnati, OH/Clark Montesorri HS) recorded a fourth place time of 4:44.38.
Calvin’s 200 freestyle relay team of sophomore Mark Rushlow (Goshen, IN/Northridge HS), Battoclette, sophomore Kenton Cooper (Galesburg, IL/Galesburg HS) and freshman Casey Harless (DeWitt/DeWitt HS) was fourth 1:25.95 while the Calvin 400 medley relay team of freshman Andrew Mitchell (Iron Mountain/Kingsford HS), junior Greg Gorham (Minneapolis, MN/Richfield HS), Rushlow and Battoclette was fourth with a time of 3:28.48.
“I was proud of our guys tonight,” said Gelderloos. “It won’t be easy catching Olivet but we are much closer than I anticipated and now our team has something to fight for. I thought our men really picked it up at the end of tonight and I wish we could have started the second (day) session right after tonight because we had that much energy.”
Action continues on Friday with morning prelims set for 10 a.m. and evening finals set for 6 p.m.