Calvin Women’s Swimming and Diving Lands Seven on All-MIAA Team - Klaasen Most Valuable Diver
Friday, February 22, 2013
By Mark DeHaan
The Calvin women’s swim and dive team saw seven members earn All-MIAA honors en route to its ninth straight MIAA Championship.
Knights named to the team include seniors Samantha Klaasen, Elizabeth Counsell, and Kristy Kinzer, sophomores Erika Waugh and Kathryn Wrobel, and freshmen Michaela Rookus and Sarah Roth.
Klaasen (Holland, MI/Holland Christian HS) was the most valuable diver at this year’s MIAA Championships. The 2013 swim championships marked Klaasen’s third straight year as an All-MIAA selection and third straight year as the MIAA most valuable diver. Klaasen won the one-meter board with a score of 451.15, her third straight year placing first in the event, and the three-meter board with a score of 458.35, taking first for the second time in three years.
Counsell (Indianapolis, IN/Heritage Christian HS) was one of just three swimmers to be named All-MIAA for her fourth straight year at this year’s MIAA Championships. Counsell placed first individually in both the 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke, earning national B-Cut times in both events, and as part of a relay in the 400 medley relay, 200 medley relay, and 800 freestyle relay.
Counsell won the two breaststroke events for the third consecutive year. Counsell’s five overall first place finishes tied her for the most with Hope’s Libby Westrate, who was named the MIAA’s most valuable swimmer.
Kinzer (Fort Wayne, IN/Homestead HS) is being named All-MIAA for the first time in her career.
Kinzer swam legs in the winning 200 medley and 400 medley relays for the Knights. The Calvin 200 medley relay team set an MIAA record while earning a national B-Cut qualifying time in 1:45.84. Individually, Kinzer earned points for the Knights by placing second in the 100 backstroke and fifth in both the 100 butterfly and 200 backstroke.
Waugh (Berne, IN/South Adams HS) is on the All-MIAA team for her second consecutive year. Waugh provided strong depth throughout the Championship meet for the Knights. Waugh earned fourth place in the 200 backstroke, fifth place in the 100 backstroke, and tenth in the 500 freestyle. In the prelims for the 200 backstroke, Waugh swam to a national B-Cut qualifying time of 2:06.77.
Wrobel (Arden Hills, MN/Mounds View HS) also earned her second consecutive All-MIAA selection. Wrobel was part of Calvin’s winning 800 freestyle relay team while tying for first in the 500 freestyle in a time of 5:00.07. Wrobel’s 500 free earned her a national B-cut qualifying time. Wrobel also earned B-Cut times in a pair of second place finishes in the 200 freestyle (1:53.78) and 1650 freestyle (17:30.81). Wrobel’s 1650 freestyle swim broke Calvin’s previous record by half a second, set in 2009 by Laura Price.
Rookus (Hudsonville, MI/Hudsonville) is being named All-MIAA in her first collegiate season. Rookus placed first in the 200 individual medley and as part of a relay in the 800 freestyle, 400 medley, and 200 medley relays. Rookus’s 200 IM time of 2:06.60 beat her nearest competitor by over three seconds while making a national B-Cut qualifying time. In the 100 yard breaststroke, Rookus finished second behind teammate Elizabeth Counsell, earning a B-Cut time of 1:05.05. Rookus also placed second in the 100 yard freestyle.
Roth (Brighton, MI/Brighton) is Calvin’s second diver to make the All-MIAA team. Roth finished third in the one-meter board with a score of 395.85 and fourth in the three-meter with a score of 340.00.
Calvin continued its championship streak by earning 802.5 points over the MIAA Championships, defeating second-place Hope by 38 points. The Knights have now earned nine straight MIAA Championships and 11 in the last 13 years.