Calvin Women’s Swimming and Diving Takes Over the Lead at MIAA Championships
Friday, February 14, 2014
The Calvin women’s swim and dive team entered the third day of the MIAA Championships trailing rival Hope by nine points, 280-271.
A strong night by the Calvin women, including a pair of top finishes on Friday however, set up the Knights with a 42 point lead over Hope heading into the final night.
The Knights began the finals of the third day with a first place finish as the relay team of junior Erika Waugh, sophomore Michaela Rookus, senior Kristin Kinzer, and junior Kathryn Wrobel finished the 200 medley relay in 1:46.66.
In the 400 yard individual medley, sophomore Alayna Gallegos took fourth in 4:48.87 while senior Elizabeth Schleh finished sixth in 4:52.81.
Kinzer, Gallegos, and freshman Karine Rone then placed in the 100 yard butterfly. Kinzer finished third in 59.73, Gallegos sixth in 1:01.09, and Rose eighth in 1:04.14.
The Knights continued to place numerous swimmers in each final. The 200 yard freestyle saw Wrobel finish second in 1:56.13, junior Alex Dhaenens claim fourth in 1:57.74, and senior Margaret Rechel take seventh in 1:58.70.
Calvin then earned four out of the six top spots in the 100 yard breaststroke. In a time of 1:05.31, Rookus took first for the Knights. Junior Lexi Scott followed in third in 1:06.16, freshman Adrienne
Wesselius fourth in 1:08.00, and freshman Nicole Karl in sixth in 1:09.81.
In the final women’s swimming event of the night, Waugh took second in the 100 yard backstroke in 57.85, out-touched by .04, while Kinzer continued her busy night taking fourth in 58.95.
The night then concluded with the 1-meter board. Junior Rebecca Mumby earned a third-place finish with 378.60 points while sophomore Lizz Roth finished seventh with 342.65 points.
The strong night from the Calvin women puts them into first heading into the final night, with 586 points while Hope sits in second at 544 points. Kalamazoo is in third with 391, Albion in fourth with 335, Alma in fifth with 283, and Olivet in sixth with 170.
On the women’s side, just a championship performance. On paper, Hope came strong this morning and we really dropped in all of our places, I can’t think of any race where we lost points, and we really swam as a team, said head coach Dan Gelderloos. I was not expecting (a win in the 200 medley relay). We didn’t even know the order of the relay until mid-way through the afternoon. We told the ladies to just race, and they really stepped up to the occasion and had a great moment.
The 42 point lead sets up an exciting final night on Saturday. Again, preliminaries begin on Saturday at 10 a.m. while finals are at 5:30 p.m.