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Calvin Women Finish 24th At NCAA III Championships - Counsel and Vail Score in 200 Breaststroke

Sunday, March 21, 2010

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN—The Calvin women’s swimming and diving team added two more honorable mention All-America berths Saturday night at the NCAA III Championships to finish in 24th place with 43 points. Both honorable mention All-America selections came in the 200 breaststroke with freshman Elizabeth Counsell (Indianapolis, IN) taking 11th in the consolation finals with a career-best time of 2:20.83 while senior Maggie Vail (Portage Northern HS) was 15th in a time of 2:23.33.

Also competing in the 200 breaststroke but not advancing out of Saturday’s prelims was senior Emily Roberts (DeKalb, IL) who was 26th (2:25.39). Junior Monica Bressler (Sandusky, OH) also competed in the 200 backstroke and although she did not advance to the evening finals, she recorded a career-best time of 2:08.73.

In the women’s three-meter diving competition, senior Casey Herman (Libertvyille, IL) made a strong bid to advance to the evening finals but just missed, placing one spot out of the final group of 16 with a 17th place score of 383.20, missing 16th place by half a point.

Calvin’s 400 freestyle relay of Bressler, Vail, freshman Kristen Kinzer (Fort Wayne, IN) and Roberts competed in the morning prelims and recorded a time of 3:38.70 but did not advance.

“We had a lot of ups and downs this year, more than we have had at a national meet in quite some time but the one thing that I have to say about our women is that they never quit,” said Calvin head swim coach Dan Gelderloos. “In a four-day meet, it would be easy to pack it in when things aren’t going well early but that was never the case with this group.”

Gelderloos also offered words of praise for his competing seniors. “I have nothing but wonderful things to say about Casey Herman, Joy Leach, Emily Roberts and Maggie Vail,” said Gelderloos. “They have been huge parts of our success during their careers. They have been a part of four MIAA Championship team and three teams that finished in the top 10 nationally and Maggie, Casey and Emily have all been All-Americans individually. We will miss them very much and I want to thank them for their efforts over the last four years.”

On the men’s side Saturday, freshman Mark Rushlow (Goshen, IN) competed in the 100 freestyle prelims but did not advance. Rushlow recorded a time of 47.18 that was good for 42nd place. During the meet, Rushlow competed in the 100 butterfly and 200 butterfly.

“For his first time ever, Mark had a really solid national meet,” said Gelderloos. “He had a career-best time in the 200 butterfly and solid swims in the 100 freestyle and 100 butterfly. This will be an experience that he will build off and so will our men’s program. We’re hoping to advance more individuals to the men’s meet next year and if Mark’s performance this year is any indication, we’ll do just that.”

Kenyon captured the men’s national title with a first place point total of 696 points. Kalamazoo represented the MIAA well on the men’s side, placing fourth with 244 points. On the women’s side, Emory took the national title with a final four-day total of 568.5 points.

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