Calvin Swimming & Diving Teams Compete at MIAA Relays
Saturday, October 24, 2009
(Written by Calvin Sports Information Student Assistant Derek Neice)
On the second day of weekend events for Calvin’s Swim and Dive Team, the Knights came out strong Saturday in their first conference home meet of the season. With a great turnout of fans at Calvin’s Venema Aquatic Center, the un-scored relay meet would show many of the teams where they stand amidst the competition of the MIAA.
“It was a good meet for this time of year,” Coach Gelderloos said, “we’re still getting to know each other and who we swim and what we swim so it was good to have a low stress situation and just see where we’re at.”
The men finished in the middle of the pack, with some promising 4th place finishes in the 200 breast relay with a time of 1:59.31 and in the 200 fly relay with a time of 1:37.66.
Of the men, Gelderloos said, “They’re making really good strides in the right direction.”
Calvin’s women were the ones who made headlines Saturday though as they swam their way to first place finishes in every single race except for one, a race that Calvin would take second place.
Calvin took first in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:52.20, in the 200 back relay with a time of 1:52.43, in the 200 breast relay with a time of 2:06.07, in the 500 free relay with a time of 4:47.25, in the 200 fly relay with a time of 1:50.37, in the 1500 free relay with a time of 16:17.09, and in the 400 medley relay with a time of 4:15.46. They took second in the last women’s relay of the day, the 200 free relay, with a time of 1:41.96, only .29 seconds behind the first place Hope team.
Gelderloos really liked what he saw from his women Saturday afternoon.
“Our women looked really strong in the meet today,” said Gelderloos, “and overall it was a lot of fun to be able to get a chance to see what everyone else has in terms of conference competition.”
Gelderloos concluded, “All in all I think we formed up to expectations.”
The next meet for the Knights will be held on November 7th at Wheaton College.