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Calvin Lands Seven on All-MIAA Women’s Swimming & Diving Teams

Thursday, March 05, 2009

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All-MIAA Women's Swimming & Diving Team

For the second consecutive year the Calvin women’s swimming and diving team have landed seven individuals on the All-MIAA women’s swimming and diving team. The total matches the highest number of All-MIAA selections in Calvin women’s swimming and diving history with the Knights also accomplishing the feat in 2001.

Named to the All-MIAA team from Calvin are seniors Erica Deur, Cara Van Woerkom and Julie Wolfe, juniors Emily Roberts, Maggie Vail and Laura Price and sophomore Monica Bressler.

A native of Holland and a graduate of Holland Christian High School, Deur is making her fourth consecutive appearance on the All-MIAA team and is the 10th individual in Calvin women’s swimming and diving history to reap All-MIAA accolades four straight years. At the MIAA Championships last month, Deur captured the MIAA one-meter title for the fourth straight year and the MIAA three-meter title for the fourth straight year - en route to receiving MIAA Most Valuable Diver Of the Year honors for the fourth straight season. Deur is the only diver in MIAA women’s swimming and diving history to capture a diving event four straight years at the league championships.

Deur holds the MIAA record on both the one-meter (507.19) and three-meter (491.25) boards, setting both records at the recent MIAA Championships.

Van Woerkom is from Wyoming and is a graduate Calvin Christian High School. She is making her second straight appearance on the All-MIAA team. At the MIAA Championships, Van Woerkom was the league runner-up in the 50 freestyle (23.77), 100 freestyle (51.94) and 200 freestyle (1:53.15). She was also a part of Calvin’s first place 200 freestyle relay team (1:34.51), 400 medley relay (3:50.34) and 800 freestyle relay (7:39.12) and Calvin’s league runner-up 400 freestyle relay (3:29.22). Calvin’s times in the 400 medley and 800 freestyle relays were all MIAA record times.

Wolfe is from Westerville, Ohio. She is a graduate of Westerville North High School and is making her first appearance on the All-MIAA team. At the MIAA Championships, Wolfe was fourth in the 100 butterfly (58.50), fifth in the 100 freestyle (53.61) and ninth in the 50 freestyle (24.37). She also swam on Calvin’s 200 and 400 medley relay teams as well as Calvin’s 400 and 800 freestyle relay teams. Calvin’s time of 1:45.90 in the 200 medley relay was a school and MIAA record time.

Roberts (DeKalb, IL/DeKalb HS) is making an appearance on the All-MIAA team for the third straight year. At the conclusion of the MIAA Championships, Roberts was named the MIAA’s Most Valuable Swimmer, joining Katie Nagelkirk and Becky Weima as the only three individuals in Calvin women’s swimming history to be so honored. At the MIAA Championships, Roberts captured league titles in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.72) and 200 IM (2:06.55) while placing third in the 200 breaststroke (2:22.64). Her times in the 100 breaststroke and 200 IM were both Calvin and MIAA record times. Her time in the 100 breaststroke was not only the fastest time in NCAA III swimming this year, but also was the second fastest time in NCAA III women’s swimming history. Roberts also swam on Calvin’s first place 200 medley and 400 medley relay teams as well as Calvin’s second place 400 freestyle relay team.

Vail (Portage/Portage Northern HS) is making her second straight appearance on the All-MIAA team. At the MIAA Championships in February, Vail defended her league title in the 200 breaststroke, winning with an MIAA and school record time of 2:19.89. Vail also placed second in the 200 IM (2:07.59) and 100 breaststroke (1:04.66) while swimming on Calvin’s first place 200 medley and 200 freestyle relay teams.

Price (Warren, PA/Warren HS) is making her first appearance on the All-MIAA team. At the MIAA Championships, Price captured the league title in the 500 freestyle with a tie of 5:00.41. During the morning prelims, she clocked in with a school record time of 5:00.00. She also took second in the 1650 freestyle with a school record time of 17:31.35 and added a third place finish in the 200 freestyle (1:53.73). In addition, Price swam on Calvin’s first place 200 and 800 freestyle relay teams and its second place 400 freestyle relay team.

Bressler (Sandusky, OH/Perkins HS) is also making her first appearance on the All-MIAA team. At the MIAA Championships, Bressler was the league runner-up in the 100 backstroke (59.27) and 200 backstroke (2:08.53). She also placed fourth in the 50 freestyle (24.12) and swam on Calvi’s first place 200 freestyle, 200 medley and 400 medley relay teams. In the 400 medley relay, Bressler led off with a school record time of 58.71 in the 100 backstroke leg.

At the MIAA Championships, Calvin took first place with 849.5 points, capturing its fifth straight league title and seventh overall. All seven of Calvin’s All-MIAA selections are expected to compete at the NCAA III Championships, scheduled for March 18-21 at the University of Minnesota. The official NCAA III Championship field will be announced later this week.

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