Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Teams Take Fourth Place at Calvin Winter Invitational
Saturday, December 01, 2012
By Mark DeHaan
The Calvin Winter Invitational concluded Saturday evening after its third day of competition. Another strong day in the pool for the Knights saw a number of top finishes as both teams took fourth in the final team standings.
The Calvin women started the finals portion of the meet with a fifth place finish in the 400 yard freestyle relay. The relay team of senior Stephie Fox (Kentwood, Mich./Home Schooled), senior Rachel Colasurdo (Chesapeake, VA/Home Schooled), freshman Michaela Rookus (Hudsonville/Hudsonville HS) and sophomore Kathryn Wrobel (Arden Hills, MN/Moundsview HS) swam the race in 3:36.81. In the 200 yard medley relay, the team of senior Kristy Kinzer (Fort Wayne, IN/Homestead HS), senior Elizabeth Counsell (Indianapolis, IN/Heritage Christian HS), Colasurdo and Rookus finished second in 1:47.14, just off an NCAA III B’ cut time. In the 500 yard freestyle, Wrobel picked up an eighth place finish by swimming a 5:17.91.
Sophomore Erika Waugh (Berne, IN/South Adams HS) followed that up with a record-setting performance in the 200 yard backstroke. Waugh swam the race in 2:05.59, breaking her own school record of 2:06.29 she set last year as a freshman. She finished second in the race. Her time was also an NCAA III B’ cut time. Colasurdo continued her strong night in the pool in the 100 yard butterfly by finishing in 1:00.15, good for sixth. Counsell also had a strong night, finishing second in the 200 yard backstroke in 2:21.65. Rookus added a first place finish in the 200 yard IM, finishing in 2:08.97, just missing the NCAA B’ cut standard.
In the one meter board, senior Sam Klaasen (Holland/Holland Christian HS) picked up her second first place finish of the invitational with a total score of 427.95.
On the men’s side, the Knights relay team of junior Andrew Mitchell (Iron Mountain/Kingsford HS), freshman Johnson Cochran (Mount Vernon, OH/Mount Vernon HS), junior Peter Johnson (Oak Forest, IL/Home Schooled) and senior Mark Rushlow (Goshen, IN/Northridge HS) earned a fourth place finish in the 200 yard medley relay in 1:34.32. Calvin freshmen Aaron Venema (Grand Haven/Grand Haven HS) and Caleb Meindertsma (Annondale, VA/Trinity Christian HS) added seventh and eighth place finishes in the 500 yard freestyle in 4:47.56 and 4:48.67, respectively. Mitchell then claimed a fifth place finish in 1:55.21 in the 200 yard backstroke.
A great swim by Rushlow saw him take second place in the 100 yard butterfly in 49.92. In the morning prelims, he clocked an NCAA III B’ cut time of 49.91. In the 200 yard breaststroke, Cochran took sixth in 2:10.59 while sophomore Travis Vincent (Novi/Novi HS) finished seventh in 2:11.17. Rushlow then earned a top finish in the consolation race, good for ninth overall in the 100 yard freestyle, finishing in 47.06.
The final swimming event of the invitational was the 200 yard IM. Senior Stephen Kraft (Warsaw, IN/Home Schooled) took fourth in that event for Calvin, finishing in 1:59.19 while Vincent took the top spot in the consolation race, good for ninth overall in 1:59.51.
The final point tallies saw both men and women finish fourth. The Calvin women totaled 451.5 points, with Grand Valley State University taking first with 824 points. The Calvin men earned 487.5 points over the three days, with Grand Valley also taking the top spot with 943 points.
“No matter what happens at the meet, it’s always a successful meet because the team gets to go through the whole process of prelims-finals for two and a half days. It’s a good test to reiterate what we train for,” said head coach Dan Gelderloos. “This last evening, we’re highlight by Erika Waugh, set a school record in the 200 backstroke. Elizabeth Counsell swam a very nice 200 breaststroke and Mark Rushlow had another solid 100 butterfly. Both relays put up times that are really solid and set us up well for trying to qualify to go to NCAAs in Texas. It has been a very successful meet.”
The Calvin swim team now looks forward to its annual trip to Florida over Christmas break before returning to action January 11 and 12 at the University of Chicago Classic.