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Audio Interviews With Calvin Swimmers Headed to NCAA III Championships

Monday, March 16, 2009

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The Calvin women’s swimming and diving team will send 11 individuals to this week’s NCAA III Championships scheduled to be held at the University of Minnesota. Competing for Calvin in swimming events will be seniors Cara Van Woerkom and Julie Wolfe, juniors Maggie Vail, Emily Roberts, Laura Price and Libby Veldkamp and sophomores Kendra Kinzer and Monica Bressler. Competing for Calvin in the diving competition will be seniors Erica Deur and Jeena Velzen and junior Casey Herman.

The Calvin sports information department caught up with seniors Cara Van Woerkom and Julie Wolfe along with junior Maggie Vail on Monday before the Knights departed for Minneapolis.

Van Woerkom will be making her fourth straight trip to the NCAA III Championships. A two-time All-MIAA selection, Van Woerkom will compete in the 50 freestyle where she is seeded 12th (23.70), the 100 freestyle where she is seeded 16th (51.94) and the 200 freestyle where she is seeded 22nd (1:53.15). She will also compete in Calvinís 200, 400 and 800 freestyle relays. A year ago, Van Woerkom took 14th in the 50 freestyle and 16th in the 100 freestyle. She was also a part of Calvinís All-America 200 freestyle and 400 medley relay teams.

For an an audio interview with Van Woerkom, please visit the Calvin web site at: Cara Van Woerkom Audio Interview

Vail will be making her second straight trip to the national meet. A two-time All-MIAA selection, Vail will compete in the 100 breaststroke where she is seeded 15th (1:04.66), the 200 breaststroke where she is seeded fifth (2:19.89) and the 200 IM where she is seeded 17th (2:07.59). Vail will also compete in the 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay. A year ago, Vail was an All-American in 200 breaststroke, finishing in sixth place while also swimming a leg on Calvinís All-America 200 freestyle relay team.

For an an audio interview with Vail, please visit the Calvin web site at: Maggie Vail Audio Interview

Wolfe will be making her fourth straight appearance at the NCAA III Championships. An All-MIAA selection this year, Wolfe will compete in the 50 freestyle where she is seeded 54th (24.37) and in the 100 butterfly where she is seeded 37th (58.50). She will also compete in the 200 medley relay, 400 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay. A year ago, Wolfe was a member of Calvinís All-America 400 medley and 200 freestyle relay teams.

For an an audio interview with Wolfe, please visit the Calvin web site at: Julie Wolfe Audio Interview

*This yearís national meet will take place over four days with the menís championships and womenís championships taking place concurrently at the same site. In past years, the menís and womenís championships were held on separate weekends.

*Calvin will be sending the fourth-highest amount of athletes to the NCAA III Womenís Swimming and Diving championships, surpassed only by Denison (14), Emory (16) and Kenyon (18).

*The Calvin women will be sending three divers to the national meet for the first time.

*Last year, Calvin finished eighth at the NCAA III Championships with 140 points. The finish was Calvinís fourth consecutive top-10 national finish. Calvinís best-ever finish at the national meet is fourth place (2007).

*Calvin will compete in all five relays with its 200 medley relay seeded 12th (1:45.90), its 400 medley relay seeded sixth (3:50.34), its 200 freestyle relay seeded fifth (1:34.51), its 400 freestyle relay seeded ninth (3:29.09) and its 800 freestyle relay team seeded ninth (7:39.12).

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