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Calvin Takes 10th in 400 Medley Relay at NCAAs - Kinzer Shatters School Record in 100 Backstroke

Thursday, March 21, 2013

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SHENANDOAH, TX - The Calvin women’s swimming and diving team continued to pick up points at the NCAA III Swimming and Diving Championships as its 400 medley relay team of seniors Kristy Kinzer (Fort Wayne, IN/Homestead HS), Elizabeth Counsell (Indianapolis, IN/Heritage Christian HS)  senior Rachel Colasurdo (Chesapeake, VA/Home Schooled) and freshman Michaela Rookus (Hudsonville/Hudsonville HS) placed 10th in a season-best time of 3:50.78. just missing the school record of 3:50.34.

The relay entered the meet seeded 22nd but moved into the consolation finals with a 14th place finish in the morning prelims, clocking in with a time of 3:53.96.

The Knights then lopped more than three seconds off their morning swim in the consolation finals Thursday night and moved up four spots in the process. Kinzer highlighted the relay by leading off with a time of 57.71 in the opening backstroke leg which will count as a new school record, surpassing the previous Calvin mark of 58.45 set by Monica Bressler in 2009.

“Our women really stepped up today,” said Calvin head swim coach Dan Gelderloos. “When you can finish in the top 10 of an event at a national meet it is a big accomplishment. Kristy really got things going with her opening backstroke leg and then Elizabeth Counsell just took off in the breaststroke right after. We had her with the third-fastest split of the night in her leg. And then Rachel and Michaela brought things home strong. It’s exciting.”

The 10th place finish is good for an honorable mention All-America berth. It also places Calvin in 12th place in the team standings with 43 points, just three points behind 11th place Wheaton.

On Friday, Counsell and Rookus are scheduled to compete in the prelims of the 100 breaststroke. Senior Samantha Klaasen (Holland/Holland Christian HS) will compete on the one-meter diving board.

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