Calvin Men Place Fourth - Women Place Fifth in Final Standings at Calvin Winter Invitational
Sunday, December 04, 2011
The Calvin men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams concluded competition at the three-day Calvin Winter Invitational Saturday night. On the men’s side, Calvin finished fourth in a field of eight teams with 428 points. On the women’s side, Calvin took fifth in a field of 10 teams with 392 points. The point total by the Calvin men marked its highest total in the three-year history of the Calvin Winter Invitational.
Grand Valley State took first place in both the men’s and women’s standings with the Lakers topping the men’s table with 1,183.5 points and finishing on top of the women’s table with 980 points.
Calvin’s divers played a big role in Calvin’s high point totals at the invitational. On the men’s side, sophomore Andrew Krafft won both the one and three-meter boards, winning three-meter board with a score of 518.25 points and the one-meter board with a score of 509.20 points. In the prelims of the three-meter competition on Saturday, Krafft broke the Venema Aquatic Center pool record with a score of 540.90 points which also ranks as an NCAA III qualifying score. Freshman Jordan Kaster was seventh on the one-meter board (322.45) and three-meter board (307.50).
On the women’s side, junior Samantha Klaasen took fourth on both the one and three-meter boards, posting a score of 382.85 points on the three-meter board and an NCAA III qualifying score of 403.50 on the one-meter board. Freshman Rebecca Mumby took seventh on the three-meter and eighth on the one-meter board (218.35).
In the women’s 200 breaststroke, junior Elizabeth Counsell took second with an NCAA III B’ cut qualifying time of 2:21.58. Her swim came one night after she became the first individual from Calvin to win an individual title at the Calvin Winter Invitational as she claimed the 100 breaststroke title Friday night in an NCAA III B’ cut qualifying time of 1:03.62.
Other notable performances for the Calvin women included freshman Erika Waugh placing fifth in the 200 backstroke (2:09.28), junior Stephanie Fox taking eighth in the 200 IM (2:15.97) and junior Shelby Cloyd placing fifth in the 500 freestyle (5:14.29).
Calvin’s 200 medley relay team of freshman Betsy Otten, Counsell, senior Rachel Bos and Fox had a season-best time of 1:49.67.
On the men’s side, senior Ross Battoclette had an impressive final evening, placing seventh in the 500 freestyle (4:51.88) and seventh in the 100 freestyle (47.98). Junior Mark Rushlow also had a great swim in the 100 butterfly, placing third with a time of 50.70. His time was just three-hundreths shy of an NCAA III B’ cut qualifying time.
The biggest swims for the Calvin men however came form junior Stephen Kraft who shattered the Calvin record in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:09.68 in the morning prelims, breaking the previous record of 2:10.28 set by Ryan Preston in 2002. Kraft then placed eighth in the evening finals with a time of 2:12.74 while also finishing eighth in the 200 IM (2:01.58).
The Calvin 200 medley relay team of sophomore Andrew Mitchell, senior Greg Gorham, Rushlow and Battoclette also placed fourth with a season-best time of 1:34.76.