Men’s Swimming and Diving Finishes Fourth at MIAA Championships
Sunday, February 22, 2009
NOTRE DAME, IN—The Calvin men’s swimming and diving team closed out a solid three days of competition at the MIAA Championships Saturday night, finishing fourth in the final team standings with a team score of 334 points, finishing more than 40 points ahead of fifth place Albion.
Senior Keith Conrad (Wheaton, IL) was Calvin’s top individual finisher on Saturday, placing fourth in the 200 butterfly with a season-best time of 1:55.30. Conrad also swam a leg on Calvin’s 400 freestyle relay team that finished fourth with a season-best time of 3:11.81. Conrad was joined on the relay by junior Kurt Van Allsburg (Grand Rapids Christian HS), freshman Ross Battoclette (Cincinnati, OH) and freshman Ethan Tatum (Grand Rapids Christian HS).
Battoclette added a career-best time of 1:58.02 in the 200 backstroke. Also scoring points for Calvin on Saturday were junior Brad Groenewold (Villa Park, IL) with a 16th place swim in the 1650 freestyle (18:15.45), sophomore Tyler Westman (Naperville, IL) with a 14th place finish in the 200 backstroke (2:04.57) and junior Jon Herrema (Grand Rapids Christian HS) with a 16th place finish in the 200 backstroke (2:06.16).
Calvin also received strong swims from Tatum and VanAllsburg in the 100 freestyle with Tatum placing 11th (47.91) and VanAllsburg 12th (47.94).
In the 200 breaststroke, Calvin had three swimmers score in the consolation finals with freshman Chris Shepperly (Harper Creek HS) finishing 10th (2:20.01), senior Matt Bolles (West Ottawa HS) finishing 13th (2:23.70) and senior Evan Chong (Gotha, FL) 15th (2:34.67).
Freshman Luke Griffioen (Williamsburg, VA) also placed 15th with a time of 2:09.19.
“I think our team feels very good about the way it performed over the last three days and throughout the season,” said Calvin head swim coach Dan Gelderloos. “Our roster was a little small but our effort was always big. We had 13 different individuals on our team score points this weekend and that was very satisfying. We are looking to continue to improve next year and hope that this season was a step in the right direction.”
FINAL TEAM STANDINGS
1. Hope 876.5 points
2. Kalamazoo 848 points
3. Olivet 542 points
4. Calvin 334 points
5. Albion 292.5 points
6. Alma 284 points