Day Two Complete at Calvin Winter Invitational
Friday, November 30, 2012
By Mark DeHaan
In a long morning and early afternoon of prelims on Friday, Calvin saw nine individuals advance to the finals in 12 events. Despite a strong day in the pool, the women are in fourth place with 242 points while the men dropped from second to fourth with 263 points. Northern Michigan held its lead on the women’s side with 348 points while Grand Valley kept the top spot on the men’s side with 423 points.
The finals events began shortly after six with the women’s 400 yard medley relay. The Calvin A relay team of seniors Kristy Kinzer, Elizabeth Counsell, Rachel Colasurdo, and Stephie Fox earned a fourth place finish in the relay in a time of 3:58.62. The Knights then picked up a third place finish in the 200 yard freestyle relay as the team of freshman Michaela Rookus, Fox, Colasurdo, and sophomore Kathryn Wrobel finished in 1:37.34. In the 200 yard butterfly, senior Shelby Cloyd took first in the consolation heat, taking ninth overall in a time of 2:12.20. Wrobel followed up with a 1:56.13 in the 200 yard freestyle, also good for first in the consolation heat and ninth overall.
A fantastic race by Counsell in the 100 yard breaststroke saw her take the first top finish of the invitational for Calvin as she swam the race in 1:04.08. Rookus finished sixth in the same race in 1:06.86. Kinzer added more points to the Calvin tally in the 100 yard backstroke, finishing eighth in 1:00.97. Rookus rounded out the points for the women as she took fourth in the 50 yard freestyle in 24.26.
Senior Samantha Klaasen also highlighted the night with a win on the three-meter board with a score of 438.65 points.
The Calvin men picked up their first points of the day in the 400 yard medley relay as junior Andrew Mitchell, freshman Johnson Cochran, senior Mark Rushlow and freshman Mitchell Schroder took fifth in 3:28.51. In the 200 yard freestyle relay, Rushlow, freshman Brandon Muma, Schroder, and sophomore Alex Baumann swam the race in 1:26.50 to finish sixth. Freshman Aaron Venema then took an eight place finish in the 200 yard freestyle in 1:46.57. Cochran followed up with a 58.52 in the 100 yard breaststroke, good for seventh. In the finals of the 100 yard backstroke, senior Sam Allison finished in 53.62 to take eighth place. Mitchell took the top spot in the consolation race of the same event in 52.71 to earn ninth place overall.
The Calvin men’s best finals heat of the night came in the 400 year IM as sophomore Travis Vincent took fifth in 4:13.73 while freshman Caleb Meindertsma took eighth in 4:16.81. Senior Stephen Kraft took first in the consolation race to earn ninth overall in the 400 yard IM in 4:18.07. In the final event of the night, Schroder and Mitchell fininshed 10th and 11th in the 50 yard freestyle in 21.67 and 21.70, respectively.
“Tonight was fantastic. We really came out with a lot more emotion,” said head coach Dan Gelderloos. “We really swam well in that people were moving up in their races from their morning seeds. We had some good personal bests. The women’s 200 yard freestyle relay was lights out. Counsell’s 100 yard breaststroke will get her to Texas (for Nationals). Overall, we’re pretty pleased.”
The Calvin Winter Invitational concludes tomorrow with the final 16 events. Prelims again start at 10:00 a.m. with the finals scheduled to start at 6:00 p.m.