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Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Teams Have Big Performances at MIAA Championships

Friday, February 15, 2013

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JENISON - The Calvin women’s swim team increased its first place lead to 42 points at the MIAA Championship Friday night at Jenison High School. The Knights lead the overall standings with 531.5 points with Hope second with 489.5.

Calvin used depth to increase to bump up its lead as the Knights entered the evening with just an 11.5 point advantage over Hope.Senior Elizabeth Counsell (Indianapolis, IN/Heritage Christian HS) came up with the lone individual win for Calvin as she claimed the 100 breaststroke title for the third straight year, this time doing so out of lane one with a strong NCAA III B’ cut qualifying time of 1:04.37. Freshman teammate Michaela Rookus (Hudsonville/Hudsonville HS) was close behind in a second place and NCAA III B’ cut qualifying time of 1:05.05. It marks the eighth consecutive year a Calvin swimmer has won the event.

Calvin’s 200 medley relay team of senior Kristy Kinzer (Fort Wayne, IN/Homestead HS), Counsell, senior Rachel Colasurdo (Chesapeake, VA/Home Schooled) and Rookus highlighted the evening for Calvin by winning in an MIAA and school record time of 1:45.84, breaking the previous MIAA mark set by Calvin in 2009. The time is also an NCAA B’ cut qualifying time. Calvin has now won the event six out of the last seven years.

Other strong performances came in the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke. In the 200 freestyle, sophomore Stephanie Fox (Arden Hills, MN/Moundsview HS) took second in an NCAA B’ cut qualifying time of 1:53.78 while senior Stephanie Fox (Kentwood/Home Schooled) was third in 1:57.10. In the 100 backstroke, Kinzer made an early bid for the win before taking second in a season-best time of 58.79.

In the 100 butterfly, senior Shelby Cloyd (Kalamazoo/Plainwell HS) took third (59.52), Colasurdo took fourth (59.99) and Kinzer took fifth (1:00.06).

Calvin’s other top five finish came from senior Savannah VanWormer (Marshall/Marshall HS) in the 400 IM as she placed fifth in a time of 4:44.96.

“We knew this was an important night for our team,” said head coach Dan Gelderloos. “We had to build a little bit more of a cushion because tomorrow will be close between us and Hope. We still have work to do but we took a good step forward tonight. I thought our medley relay really got us going and Libby (Counsell) came up huge out of lane one in the breaststroke. She swam with a lot of heart but so did our entire team. I’m proud of them. Now we have to go out and seal the deal on Saturday.”

Saturday events include the 1,650 freestyle, the 200 backstroke, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, one-meter diving and 400 freestyle relay. Calvin has now taken three of the four relays thus far in the competition. 

Women’s Team Scores Through Day Three

Calvin 531.5
Hope 489.5
Kalamazoo 385.5
Alma 264
Albion 259
Olivet 163
Saint Mary’s 155.5


By Mark DeHaan

JENISON - The Calvin men’s swimming and diving team entered the third day of competition at the MIAA championships trailing only Kalamazoo in the standings at 299-219 while holding a slim advantage over third place Albion. Friday’s action saw the Knights increase their advantage over third, but a stronger Kalamazoo squad also expanded its margin on Calvin. The Knights finished the Knight with 466 points to the Hornets’ 623, while Hope grabbed third with 360.

In the first men’s event of the evening, the Calvin A relay team finished third in the 200 yard medley relay. Junior Andrew Mitchell, freshman Johnson Cochran, senior Mark Rushlow and freshman Mitchell Schroder swam to a time of 1:34.21.

In the 400 yard individual medley, the Knights finished 2-3 as freshman Caleb Meindertsma took second in 4:10.33 and sophomore Travis Vincent third in 4:13.03. Senior Stephen Kraft finished seventh for Calvin, recording a time of 4:18.15.

The Knights took their first top finish of the night in the men’s 100 yard butterfly, where Rushlow finished in 49.96, good for a National B Cut qualifying time. Junior Peter Johnson took fourth in that race, finishing in 51.67.

In the 200 yard freestyle, Calvin saw four Knights finish in the top eight, led by freshman Aaron Venema who took fourth in 1:44.09. Sophomore Alex Baumann followed in sixth in 1:44.36 while Schroder and fellow freshman Brandon Muma took seventh and eighth in 1:46.97 and 1:47.34, respectively.

Calvin earned another national qualifying time in the 100 yard breaststroke from Cochran, who finished third in a B Cut time of 56.83. Cochran was out-touched by first place by four hundredths of a second and second place by two hundredths of a second, making the 100 yard breaststroke the closest and most exciting race of the night. Cochran’s time of 56.83 is a new Calvin record. Cochran actually replaces his own record which he set in prelims earlier in the day.

In the final swimming event of the evening, Calvin took three out of the top eight spots. Mitchell took second in the 100 yard backstroke in 51.96, while senior Sam Allison took sixth in 53.35 and Rushlow earned his third top-eight finish of the evening, claiming seventh in 53.45.

“Tonight was probably our highest scoring night in all of our MIAA history. We had bucket-loads of guys out there swimming fast, starting with the 400 IM all the way to Mark (Rushlow) in the 100 fly. Johnson (Cochran) crushed a school record twice today, so he has been on a roll as well. ” said head coach Dan Gelderloos. “We put a pretty big gap between us and the teams behind us, so I’d imagine we’re looking pretty good for second place. We’re in good shape right now – we’re feeling good.”

The Knights wrap up the MIAA Championships Saturday with prelims starting at 10 a.m. and finals at 5:30 p.m. Six swimming events are scheduled for both the men and the women tomorrow while the men also compete in the three meter board.

Men’s Team Scores Through Day Three

Kalamazoo 623
Calvin 466
Hope 360
Albion 332
Olivet 261
Alma 160

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