Calvin Men Claim Clean Sweep of Six Events Friday Night at MIAA Swimming and Diving Championships
Friday, February 14, 2014
Coming into the third day of the MIAA Swim Championships at the Venema Aquatic Center, the Calvin men’s swim and dive team held a 47 point lead over rival Hope College.
The Knights lead continued to expand on Friday night as they swept first place in all of the men’s events, and Calvin earned a 544-437 lead over Hope as it looked ahead to the final day of competition.
In the first event, the Calvin relay team of freshman Brett Stoughton, sophomore Johnson Cochran, senior Peter Johnson, and senior Andrew Mitchell took first in the 200 yard medley relay in a time of 1:32.14, beating second-place Kalamazoo by .19 seconds.
The 400 yard individual medley then saw the Knights claim first and third. Sophomore Caleb Meindertsma took first in 4:01.45, beating the field by more than five seconds, and shattering his own Calvin record by more than four seconds, which he set earlier in the day in the preliminaries. Junior Travis Vincent placed third in 4:07.18.
The Knights continued to take the top spot in their events in the 100 yard butterfly as Stoughton claimed first in 50.15 and Johnson took third in 50.82.
In the 200 freestyle, sophomore Aaron Venema took first in 1:41.48, beating defending champion Brian Fiorillo, who finished second in 1:41.87.
Cochran then claimed the top spot in the 100 yard breaststroke in 55.73 while freshman Eli Holstege took fifth in 57.21.
In the final men’s event of the night, Mitchell took first to complete the Calvin sweep. Mitchell swam the 100 yard backstroke in 51.74 while sophomore Brandon Muma finished eighth in 54.00.
The Calvin men’s total expanded to 544 points by the end of the night, with Hope sitting in second with 437. Kalamazoo is in third with 415.5, Albion in fourth with 402, Olivet in fifth with 207, and Alma in sixth with 113.5.
“I’m just trying to wrap my mind around this evening, it has to go down as one of the single best sessions in Calvin history. I’ve never seen my swimmers pull off (a clean sweep), even on the women’s side. That was just very impressive,” said head coach Dan Gelderloos. “Tomorrow morning, we’re going to have to work really hard at focusing on the details, and working to set ourselves up for tomorrow night so we can finish this thing.”
The last day of competition begins at 10 a.m. with preliminaries, while the finals start at 5:30 p.m.