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Calvin Women’s Swimming & Diving Team Closing in On 8th Straight MIAA Title

Friday, February 17, 2012

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HOLLAND - In women’s swimming and diving Friday night at the MIAA Championships, Calvin used depth across the board to build a commanding 112.5 point lead over second place Hope. The Knights are bidding for their eighth straight MIAA title including their 10th in the last 12 years.

Heading into Saturday’s final day of competition, Calvin has a total of 562.5 points with Hope second (455) and Kalamazoo third (396.5).

Calvin claimed two individual titles on Friday with junior Elizabeth Counsell repeating as league champion in the 100 breaststroke with an NCAA III B’ cut qualifying time of 1:05.42 while junior Samantha Klaasen repeated as league champion on the one-meter diving board, winning with a season-best time of 433.30 points. Calvin also posted a win in the 200 medley relay with the quartet of Erika Waugh, Counsell, Rachel Colasurdo and Stephanie Fox posting a time of 1:48.18.

“Our women stepped things up tonight,” said Calvin head swim coach Dan Gelderloos. “We have a lot solid contributions which was good to see. Our goal tomorrow is to seal the deal.”

Klaasen led a 1-4 Calvin finish on the one-meter board as freshman Rebecca Mumby was fourth (381.00). In the 100 breaststroke, sophomore Maria Sedjo added a seventh place time (1:10.46).

Calvin’s depth was in evidence in the 400 IM as junior Savannah VanWormer was third (4:48.74), senior Bridgett Scott fifth (4:50.09) and sophomore Elizabeth Schleh seventh (4:55.02).

Calvin also packed a punch in the 100 butterfly as Colasurdo was second (59.34), senior Rachel Bos third (59.55) and Sedjo seventh (1:01.50).

Calvin also placed three in the top eight in the 200 freestyle with Fox finishing second (1:55.19), freshman Kathryn Wrobel placing third (1:55.76) and freshman Alex Dhaenens fifth (1:59.03).

In the 100 backstroke, Waugh took second (58.99), freshman Lexi Scott fifth (1:01.46) and senior Brianna Seaks eighth (1:02.72).

Action continues on Saturday with morning prelims set for 10 a.m. and finals slated for 5:30 p.m.

Dan Gelderloos Audio Interview

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