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Calvin Swimming & Diving Teams Sending Combined Total of Nine to NCAA III Championships

Saturday, March 06, 2010

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The Calvin women’s swimming and diving team will be sending eight individuals to the upcoming NCAA III Championships March 17-20 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Meanwhile, the Calvin men’s team will send one individual as freshman Mark Rushlow made the national field announced earlier this morning by the national committee.

Representing the Calvin women’s swimming and diving team will be seniors Emily Roberts, Maggie Vail, Joy Leach, Casey Herman, juniors Monica Bressler and Caitlin Alexander and freshman Kristen Kinzer and Elizabeth Counsell.

A native of Goshen, Indiana, and a graduate of Northridge High School, Rushlow will compete in the 100 and 200 butterfly and 100 freestyle. Rushlow punched his ticket to the meet with a qualifying time of 50.29. He is seeded 16th in the 100 butterfly. Rushlow is seeded 25th in the 200 butterfly (1:59.23) and 42nd in the 100 freestyle (46.56).

In the women’s competition, Roberts (DeKalb, IL/DeKalb HS) will be making her fourth straight trip to the NCAA III Championships. Roberts will compete in the 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke and 200 IM as well as in several of Calvin’s five relays—all of which have qualified for the national meet. Roberts is seeded 33rd in the 200 IM (2:09.67), ninth in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.97) and 22nd in the 200 breaststroke (2:23.80).

Vail (Portage/Portage Northern HS) will be making her third straight trip to the national meet. She will also compete in the 200 IM, 100 breaststroke and 200 breastroke as well as in several of Calvin’s relays. Vail is seeded seventh in the 200 breaststroke (2:21.54), eighth in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.94) and 21st in the 200 IM (2:08.07).

Bressler (Sandusky, OH/Perkins HS) will be making her second straight trip to the NCAA III Championships. She will compete in the 50 freestyle, 100 backstroke and 200 backstroke as well as in several of Calvin’s relay teams. Bressler is seeded 11th in the 50 freestyle (23.76). 20th in the 100 backstroke (58.34) and 30th in the 200 backstroke (2:09.94).

Alexander (Holland/Holland Christian HS) will compete in all five relays (200 freestyle, 400 freestyle, 800 freestyle and 200 and 400 medley relays). She will be making her first trip to the NCAA III Championships.

Kinzer (Fort Wayne, IN/Homestead HS) will compete in the 100 backstroke where she is seeded 30th (59.31) and will also swim in all five of Calvin’s relays.

Counsell (Indianapolis, IN/Heritage Christian) will compete in the 200 IM, 100 breastroke and 200 breaststroke as well as in several of Calvin’s relays. Counsell is seeded 21st in the 100 breastroke (1:05.89), 18th in the 200 breaststroke (2:23.11) and 50th in the 200 IM (2:14.86).

Calvin’s 200 medley relay is seeded seventh (1:46.25), its 200 freestyle relay is seeded 13th (1:36.49), its 400 medley relay is seeded 17th (3:57.06), its 800 freestyle relay is seeded 17th (7:45.99) and its 400 freestyle relay is seeded 19th (3:32.35).

Herman (Libertyville, IL/Libertyville HS) and Leach (Charlottsville, VA/Charlottsville HS) will both compete on the one and three-meter diving boards. Herman will be making her third trip to the NCAA III Championships will Leach will be making her first. Herman was an All-American on the one-meter board last year, finishing eighth. She also earned honorable mention All-America accolades on the one-meter board in 2007, placing 14th.

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