Men’s Swimming and Diving Continues to Build Lead at MIAA Championships
Friday, February 14, 2014
By Mark DeHaan
A day after setting the MIAA record in the 800 yard freestyle relay, the Calvin men’s swim and dive team looked to continue its strong swimming on day two of the MIAA Championships.
In the first event of the evening, the 200 freestyle relay, Calvin’s relay team of sophomore Brandon Muma, sophomore Mitch Schroder, freshman Eli Holstege, and junior Alex Boumann took fourth in 1:24.92.
In the 500 freestyle, sophomores Aaron Venema and Caleb Meindertsma dominated the field. The two sophomores took 1-2 in the event, finishing in 4:34.00 and 4:35.59, respectively. Both times beat the previous Calvin record, set by Venema earlier in the year, and both swimmers finished ahead of defending champion Brad Melpolder of Albion, who placed third in 4:42.26.
In the 200 yard individual medley, the Knights picked up another 1-2 finish, with junior Travis Vincent taking first in 1:53.64 and freshman Brett Stoughton finishing second in 1:54.48. Sophomore Johnson Cochran finished seventh in the final in 1:56.33.
The 50 yard free final saw Calvin earn a fourth place finish, as senior Andrew Mitchell finished in 21.07, and a seventh place finish, with Holstege swimming a 21.44.
The men’s 1m board saw two Knights place in the top eight. Freshman Dirk Tanis took third with a score of 399.40 while freshman Michael Stephens finished seventh with a total of 273.30.
In the final event of the night, the Calvin 400 medley relay team took first in a school record of 3:21.96. Mitchell, Cochran, Stoughton, and Schroder were the foursome that set the record for the Knights.
“I was proud of Travis standing up there on the awards stand. He works his tail off and is one of the nicest kids, and to see him up on the top there and see his work pay off was a cool moment,” said head coach Dan Gelderloos. “(The 200 IM) was a big event for us and I think we benefitted from having several guys in the heat and swimming like a team.”
After day two, the men’s team sits in first place at 290 points while Hope is second with 243. Kalamazoo is in third with 215 points while Albion sits in fourth at 210. Olivet’s in fifth at 127 points while Alma rounds out the field in sixth at 69 points.