Men’s Swimming and Diving Finishes In Fourth Place at MIAA Championships
Sunday, February 20, 2011
JENISON - The Calvin men’s swimming and diving team finished in fourth place at the MIAA Championships with 486 points. Calvin’s point total marked a 58-point improvement over its 2010 conference meet score and it marked Calvin’s highest point total since the MIAA moved to eight places for both for championship and consolation finals. At the conclusion of Saturday’s competition, Calvin freshman Andy Krafft (Fort Wayne, IN/Home Schooled) was named the MIAA’s Most Valuable Diver, becoming the first individual in Calvin men’s swimming and diving history to receive the award. During the conference meet, Krafft captured league titles on both the one and three-meter boards, joining 1982 Calvin graduate Dirk Pruis as the only two divers in Calvin men’s history to win both events in the same year. Pruis was the first to do so, winning both the one and three-meter titles at the 1982 MIAA Championships.
Kalamazoo won the men’s team title with 815 points while Hope was second (775) and Olivet third (672).
Although Calvin did not have any individual titles on Saturday, the Knights did have several strong performances. Sophomore Mathias Bares (Holland, MI/West Ottawa HS) got things rolling for Calvin with a fifth place time of 16:42.10, marking a 13-second improvement upon his 2010 finish at the conference meet when he finished seventh in the event.
In the 100 freestyle, junior Ross Battoclette (Cincinnati, OH/Clark Montessori HS) was eighth (47.70). In the 200 breaststroke, sophomore Stephen Kraft (Warsaw, IN/Home Schooled) was fifth (2:10.43) while junior Greg Gorham (Minneapolis, MN/Richfield HS) was eighth (2:15.09).
In the 400 freestyle relay, the Calvin quartet of Battoclette, sophomore Mark Rushlow (Goshen, IN/Northridge HS), freshman Casey Harless (DeWitt, MI/DeWitt HS) and sophomore Kenton Cooper (Galesburg, IL/Galesburg HS) was fourth in a season-best time of 3:11.05.
Also of note, Rushlow won the consolation finals of the 100 freestyle with a ninth place time of 47.29 while freshman Peter Johnson (Oak Forest, IL/Home Schooled) won the consolation finals of the 200 butterfly with a ninth place time of 1:58.24.
“We are improving by leaps and bounds as a team,” said Calvin head coach Dan Gelderloos. “I think we discovered our indentity this weekend as a team. We have a very young group but we were swimming for a purpose which was very exciting. I wish I could start next season right now.”
FINAL MIAA CHAMPIONSHIPS MEN’S SWIMMING AND DIVING TEAM SCORES
Kalamazoo - 815 points