Calvin Men’s Swim Team Shatters School Records on Day One of Calvin Winter Invitational
Thursday, December 05, 2013
The Calvin men’s swimming and diving team had a record-breaking night of competition Thursday at the Calvin Winter Invitational, setting four school records and moving into second place with a team score of 85 points. Thursday’s competition featured just the 1,650 freestyle and 800 freestyle relay.
In the 1,650 freestyle, sophomore Caleb Meindertsma (Annondale, VA/Trinity Christian HS) took second with a school-record and NCAA III B’ cut qualifying time of 15:59.16, breaking the his own school mark of 16:06.12. Meindertsma’s initial 1,000 freestyle time was 9:40.52, breaking the previous Calvin 1,000 freestyle record of 9:51.83 set by A.J. Penninga in 2003.
Meindertsma was one of two Calvin swimmers to place in the top eight as sophomore Aaron Venema (Grand Haven/Grand Haven HS) was seventh in 16:35.25. Venema’s opening 1,000 time of 9:44.98 also surpassed the old Calvin record in the 1,000 free.
In the 800 freestyle relay, Calvin went to work again, placing second in a school-record and NCAA III B’ cut qualifying time of 6:49.11. The Calvin relay team consisted of senior Andrew Mitchell (Iron Mountain/Kingsford HS), sophomore Mitch Schroder (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS), Venema and junior Alex Baumann (Holland/Holland Christian HS). The old record of 6:49.16 was set by Calvin’s 2003 relay squad of A.J. Penninga, Brad White, Ryan Johnson and Peter Boumgarden.
Mitchell led off the relay with a 200 freestyle split of 1:40.11, breaking the previous Calvin 200 freestyle record of 1:40.94 set by A.J. Penninga in 2002. Mitchell’s time was also an NCAA B’ cut qualifying time.
“It was a great opening night for our team,” said Calvin head swim coach Dan Gelderloos. “We started out with a ton of energy and now the goal is to keep that momentum going.”
Calvin Women’s Swimming and Diving in Third Place Through Day One of Calvin Invitational
Competing in a field of six teams, the Calvin women’s swimming and diving team is in third place through one night of competition at the Calvin Winter Invitational. The Calvin women’s team has 63 points, trailing Northern Michigan and Grand Valley State. Thursday’s competition included the 1,650 freestyle and 800 freestyle relay.
In the 1,650 freestyle, junior Kathryn Wrobel (Arden Hills, MN/Mounds View HS) took fourth in a time of 17:54.35.
Calvin’s 800 freestyle relay team of senior Margaret Rechel (Worthington, OH/Thomas Worthington HS), Wrobel, freshman Megan Schroder (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) and junior Alex Dhaenens (Howell/Howell HS) took seventh in a time of 7:56.04. Calvin’s B’ relay team of junior Erika Waugh (Berne, IN/South Adams HS), senior Elizabeth Schleh (Mount Vernon, WA/Academy West), senior Claire Strunk (Evanston, IL/Evanston Township HS) and junior Lexi Scott (Richmond, IN/Richmond HS) also scored points, placing ninth in 8:04.03.
“I was pleased with our swims tonight,” said Calvin head swim coach Dan Gelderloos. “We have a lot of races coming up in the next two days so we need to take everything one at a time but I liked our spirit and attitude.”
Prelims on Friday morning begin at 10 a.m. with evening finals slated for 6 p.m.
Big Second Half Propels Calvin Women’s Basketball Team to 77-69 Victory Over Albion
Story by Mark DeHaan/Photo by Sandy Palmatter
The Calvin women’s basketball team returned to conference play on Wednesday evening, hosting the Britons of Albion at Van Noord Arena. The game was the MIAA opener for the Britons, while Calvin came in with an 0-1 conference mark. Both teams entered the contest with 3-2 overall records.
Calvin, after leading by two at halftime, opened up a 24 point margin in the second half and coasted to a 77-69 win.
The Knights got off to a fast start, hitting their opening three shots to take a 7-0 lead less than two minutes in.
Calvin continued to hold the lead, going up 15-8 with 13:38 remaining in the first half.
A 9-0 for the Britons then gave Albion a 17-15 lead, forcing a timeout from Calvin head coach John Ross.
The Knights responded with a 7-0 run of their own, including five points from junior Breanna Verkaik (Holland/Holland Christian HS).
Albion closed the deficit to one on multiple occasions, but Calvin held the lead for the remainder of the first half, taking a 33-31 lead into halftime.
The Knights played very well out of break, again opening with seven straight points to take a 40-31 lead.
The Britons cut the Calvin lead to five at 43-38, but ten straight by the Knights opened up a 53-38 lead and Calvin did not look back.
The Knights saw their largest lead of the game at 75-51 on a layup from junior Hannah Acre (DeWitt/DeWitt HS) with 3:50 remaining, and Calvin closed out the 77-69 victory.
Junior Kayla Engelhard (Unionville/Saginaw Valley Lutheran HS) led the Knights with 15 points while Verkaik had 14 points and eight assists. Acre added a career high 14 points on 7-for-7 shooting while junior Abby VanderWoude (Hudsonville/Unity Christian HS) had 10 points and six rebounds.
Brett DeBear paced Albion with a game-high 20 points while Miranda Bates scored 12.
“Albion took us out of our defensive game, their point guards were too quick so we just couldn’t press them,” said Ross. “We made a few changes defensively in the second half. If we’re going to be good, the people off the bench have to come in and do a great job and we got that in the second half tonight.”
Calvin moves to 4-2 and 1-1 in conference play with the win, while Albion falls to 3-3. Calvin is now 7-0 all-time against Albion at Van Noord Arena.
The Knights now look forward to Saturday when they will travel to Trine to face the Thunder. Saturday’s contest will start at 3 p.m.