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Calvin Athletes Named to All-MIAA Swimming & Diving Teams

Thursday, February 24, 2011

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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 swimming and diving team have received all-conference honors while two members of the men’s team have been so honored.

Selected to the women’s All-MIAA team from Calvin are senior Monica Bressler (Sandusky, OH/Perkins HS), sophomores Stephanie Fox (Kentwood, MI/Home Schooled), Shelby Cloyd (Kalamazoo/Plainwell HS), Samantha Klaasen (Holland/Holland Christian HS) and Elizabeth Counsell (Indianapolis, IN/Heritage Christian HS) and freshman Elise Kaufman (Sugarland, TX/Clements HS).

Selected to the All-MIAA men’s team from Calvin are sophomore Stephen Kraft (Warsaw, IN/Home Schooled) and freshman Andy Krafft (Fort Wayne, IN/Home Schooled).

Bressler is making her third consecutive appearance on the All-MIAA team while Counsell is making her second straight appearance. Fox, Cloyd, Kaufman and Klaasen are all receiving All-MIAA honors for the first time.

On the men’s side, both Calvin All-MIAA selections are receiving all-conference honors for the first time.

Calvin has also landed three of the four MIAA MVP awards as Counsell has been named the MIAA Women’s Most Valuable Swimmer, Klaasen the MIAA Women’s Most Valuable Diver and Krafft the MIAA Men’s Most Valuable Diver.

At the MIAA Championships last weekend, Counsell captured league titles in the 200 IM (2:10.99), 100 breaststroke (1:04.18) and 200 breaststroke (2:19.74) with her winning time in the 200 breaststroke a new Calvin and MIAA record. Both of her breaststroke times were NCAA III automatic qualifying times.

Klaasen captured the women’s MIAA titles on both the one-meter (432.95 points) and three-meter (414.60 points) boards. Her score on the one-meter board was an NCAA III qualifying score. She joins fellow Holland Christian High School graduate Erica Deur as one of two MIAA Most Valuable Divers in Calvin women’s swimming and diving history.

Krafft meanwhile, also captured titles on both the one and three-meter diving boards, winning the one-meter with a score of 511.55 points and the three-meter with a score of 504.05 points. Both totals were NCAA III qualifying scores. He is the first individual in Calvin history to be named the MIAA Men’s Most Valuable Diver.

MIAA WOMEN’S MOST VALUABLE SWIMMERS FROM CALVIN

Katie Nagelkirk, 2002
Katie Nagelkirk, 2033
Becky Weima, 2004
Becky Weima, 2005
Becky Weima, 2006
Becky Weima, 2007
Emily Roberts, 2009
Maggie Vail, 2010
Elizabeth Counsell, 2011

MIAA WOMEN’S MOST VALUABLE DIVERS FROM CALVIN

Erica Deur, 2006
Erica Deur, 2007
Erica Deur, 2008
Erica Deur, 2009
Samantha Klaasen, 2011

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