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Day Two Report from MIAA Swimming And Diving Championships

Thursday, February 16, 2012

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HOLLAND Ė With two days of competition left at the MIAA Swimming and Diving Championships, the Calvin womenís team is in second place while the Calvin menís team is in third place. On the womenís side, Calvin sits two points behind host Hope as the Knights have 253 points with Hope holding the lead at 255. On the menís side, Calvin is in third place with 217 points, 19 points ahead of Olivet and 31 points behind Hope with Kalamazoo in first with 296 points.

In the menís competition, sophomore Andrew Krafft highlighted the competition by repeating as MIAA champion on the one-meter diving board, recording a score of 534.55 after posting a score of 546.10 in the prelims. Krafft was part of three Calvin divers to score on the menís one-meter board as freshman Jordan Kaster was fourth (423.30) and junior Josh Dreska eighth (288.85).

The Calvin menís team had a strong evening as its 400 medley relay team of sophomore Andrew Mitchell, senior Greg Gorham, junior Mark Rushlow and senior Ross Battoclette took second place with an NCAA III Bí cut qualifying time of 3:24.76. The time was also a new school record, breaking the previous mark of 3:24.97 set by Calvinís 2002 medley relay team.

In the 200 IM, freshman Travis Vincent was third (1:55.85) and junior Stephen Kraft sixth (1:57.65). Battoclette added a fourth place finish in the 500 freestyle (4:42.06). Calvinís 200 freestyle relay of Rushlow, Mitchell, Battoclette and freshman Alex Baumann took fourth in a season-best time of 1:24.93.

On the womenís side, Calvinís lone win of the evening came in the 200 freestyle relay as its quartet of senior Rachel Bos, junior Stephanie Fox, junior Rachel Colasurdo and sophomore Margaret Rechel clocked in with a winning time of 1:38.17.

Calvinís biggest point production came in the 500 freestyle as freshman Kathryn Wrobel was third (5:09.34), junior Shelby Cloyd fourth (5:13.27), freshman Erika Waugh sixth (5:15.88) and junior Elizabeth Counsell seventh (5:19.37).

In the 200 IM, Fox took second in a time of 2:10.45 with freshman Lexi Scott third (2:11.51) and junior Savannah VanWormer in seventh (2:17.51).

In the 50 freestyle, junior Rachel Colasurdo was fifth (25.02) and Rachel Bos seventh (25.15). In the three-meter diving competition, junior Samantha Klaasen took second with a score of 418.25 points after posting a season-best score of 425.85 in the morning prelims. Freshman Rebecca Mumby was fifth with a score of 349.25.

ďBoth teams had a solid day,Ē said Calvin head menís and womenís swim coach Dan Gelderloos Thursday night. ďThe performance by our menís 400 medley relay team electrifying and our divers all had a good day. Weíve had a few ups-and-downs in some of our events but weíre holding strong. We need a strong final two days and Iím confident that both teams will do just that.Ē

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