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Calvin Men Take Fourth at MIAA Championships - Post School Record Point Total

Sunday, February 19, 2012

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By Andrew Knot

HOLLAND - After the final day in the Holland Community Aquatic Center, the Calvin men’s swim and dive team finished this week’s MIAA tournament with a fourth place finish. The Knights scored a school record point total of 635.5 points, coming just five points short of topping Olivet and finishing third in conference for the first time since 2006.

Senior Ross Battoclette continued an impressive final conference campaign by taking second place in the 200 yard backstroke.

The Knights also recorded a fine performance on the diving boards. Sophomore Andrew Krafft won the one-meter diving as he totaled 575.10 points, over 55 points more than the second place finisher. His score was also a new school record. His final dive earned a 63.00 point ruling from the judges. Freshman Jordan Kaster placed fourth with 399.5 total points.

After diving, the Calvin entered the tournament’s final event, the 400 yard freestyle relay. If the Knights could thwart the favored Comets, they would seal a third place finish. Junior Mark Rushlow had the Knights in second place after the first leg. Battoclette excelled in the second leg by narrowing the gap between first and second. In the third leg, Andrew Mitchell kept the Knights neck and neck heading into the final leg, where Alex Baumann’s late surge had the Knights just short of a first place finish. Calvin finished less than a half second off the lead.

Another highlight during the day came from freshman Travis Vincent who placed third in the 200 breaststroke with a school record time of 2:07.07. In the 100 freestyle, junior Mark Rushlow continued his strong weekend by placing second with a time of 46.23.

Both Diving Coach Aaron Paskvan and Head Coach Don Gelderloos voiced pride in their teams. Gelderloos acknowledged the difficulty of the nail-biting finish, but remained extraordinarily proud of his team.

“I’ve never had a team that has fought so hard and wanted so bad to win for one another. They swam for each other and they swam for Calvin College this weekend. They had great heart throughout the meet,” he said.

Paskvan was also pleased with his divers with Kraftt receiving MIAA Most Valuable Diver honors for the second straight year.

“I am very pleased with our divers – both our men and women at this meet,” said Paskvan. “It’s a real honor to coach the men and women that dive for us. Andrew Kraft was tremendous tonight and Jordan Kaster really hung tough. He was a little under the weather tonight but battled through some discomfort to post a real solid performance.”

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