Andy Krafft Captures Three-Meter Diving Title at MIAA Championships
Saturday, February 19, 2011
JENISON - Calvin freshman Andy Krafft completed an historic two days of competition at the MIAA Championships Friday night at the Jenison Aquatic Center, capturing the MIAA title on the three-meter diving board with an NCAA III qualifying score of 504.05 points. A native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Krafft is the first individual in Calvin men’s swimming and diving history to capture both the one and three meter diving board titles at the same meet. He is also the first Calvin men’s diver to win the three-meter title since Dirk Pruis did so in 1982. Krafft actually established a Calvin record in the prelims, recording a score of 513.15 points, breaking the previous record of 508.45 set by Pruis in 1982 which had been the oldest record still in the Calvin books. On Thursday night, Krafft captured the one-meter title with a Calvin record point total of 511.45 points. Krafft now owns all four Calvin diving records, establishing new marks this year on the one and three-meter boards for six dives and now also in 11-dive competition.
Krafft’s efforts helped the Knights remain in fourth place in the team standings with one day left to go. The Knights currently have a total of 365 points, trailing Olivet by 72 points. Kalamazoo holds the lead at 567 points with Hope second with 542 points.
Krafft was one of three Calvin divers to score on the three-meter board as freshman Jeff Brown was eighth (263.10) and freshman Lim Min 11th (208.75).
Calvin also had several strong swim performances on Friday night. In the 400 IM, Calvin was paced by sophomore Stephen Kraft who was third (4:14.59) while freshman Peter Johnson was fifth (4:16.44).
In the 100 butterfly, sophomore Mark Rushlow took second place with a season-best time of 50.83 while junior Greg Gorham was fifth in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 58.73. In the morning prelims, Gorham broke his own school record in the event with a time of 58.57.
Freshman Andrew Mitchell also had a busy evening, placing eighth in the 100 backstroke (54.73) and 11th in the 100 butterfly (52.85).
In addition, junior Ross Battoclette continued his strong campaign by placing sixth in the 200 freestyle with a season-best time of 1:43.66.
In the 200 medley relay, Calvin took fourth with a season-best time of 1:34.42. The relay consisted of Mitchell, Gorham, Rushlow and Battoclette. Calvin’s 800 freestyle relay team of Johnson, Gorham, sophomore Kenton Cooper and Adam Alexander took sixth with a time of 7:16.34.
“We had some nice performances tonight,” said Calvin men’s swim coach Dan Gelderloos. “Certainly Andy Krafft was a huge highlight. He continues to amaze and we are all extremely proud of him. I also thought we had several other strong performances throughout the day. Our challenge now is to dig down just a bit more for one last day.”
Action continues on Saturday morning with prelims at 10 a.m.