Calvin Swimming and Diving Teams Defeated by Grand Valley State in Season Openers
Friday, October 23, 2009
(written by sports information student assistant Derek Neice)
On Friday, Calvin’s men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams were matched up against a tough opponent in cross-town rival Grand Valley State University. The meet, held at Calvin’s Venema Aquatic Center, featured tough losses by both teams.
On the men’s side of things Grand Valley won by a score of 185 to Calvin’s 53. Calvin’s second-place finishes were in the 500 freestyle by Ross Battoclette with a time of 5:08.01, in the 100 yd breaststroke by Stephen Kraft with a time of 1:03.95, and in the 200 freestyle relay by the Knights’ A team finishing with a time of 1:30.98.
For the women, Grand Valley won by a score of 158 to the Knights’ final tally of 83. Calvin’s women posted first place finishes in the 200 freestyle by Stephanie Fox with a time of 1:55.75, and in the 100 freestyle, also by Fox who finished that race in 53.81 seconds.
The women had second-place finishes in the 200 medley relay at 1:51.33, in the 200 yd IM by Maggie Vail with a time of 2:12.84, in the 500 freestyle by Kendra Kinzer with a time of 5:27.20, in the 3 meter diving competition by Samatha Klaasen with a score of 211.0, in the 100 breaststroke by Maggie Vail with a time of 1:08.03, and in the 200 freestyle relay by the Knights’ A team finishing with a time of 1:41.47.
Despite the deficit in final scores, Coach Gelderloos saw some good things in Friday’s races.
“We’ve been training very very hard,” said Gelderloos, “and we got a great start today. We had a really tough workout on Thursday in the weight room and we had a lot of great first-starts. Ultimately what we’re trying to do is get some results so that we can get a direction to see what we need to do in practice.”
In their first full season that the Knights have had with the new facilities that Calvin finished building last year, Gelderloos talked about how grateful the team is to be able to practice and compete in such a nice venue.
“I still pinch myself when I’m in here working,” Gelderloos explained, “and compared to what we used to have to what we have now, we can train anyway we want anytime we want and it really has helped us out a lot. I can’t compare it to anything.”
The Knights continue action on Saturday when it hosts the MIAA Relays beginning at 1:00 p.m.