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Men’s Swimming and Diving Shatters MIAA and Calvin Marks in 800 Freestyle Relay Win

Thursday, February 13, 2014

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The Calvin menís swimming and diving team got off to a blazing start on the first night of competition at the MIAA Championships, winning the 800 freestyle relay in an MIAA record and school record time of 6:45.68. Calvinís relay consisted of senior Andrew Mitchell who led off the relay with a 200 freestyle (split) school record time of 1:40.08, sophomore Aaron Venema, sophomore Mitch Schroder and junior Alex Baumann.

Baumann held off a late charge from Albionís anchor Brad Melpolder who made a push for the win but came in less than two-tenths of a second behind Calvinís first place time.

Calvinís time took more than 2.6 seconds off the previous MIAA record set by Kalamazoo in 2011 and nearly four seconds off Calvinís school record time of 6:49.11 set back in December at the Calvin Winter Invitational.

Calvin also received solid performances in the prelims of the one-meter diving competition on Wednesday as freshman Dirk Tanis posted the third-best score of the night at 415.35 to advance to the finals. Freshman Michael Stephens also qualified for the finals by placing sixth with a score of 302.80. Freshman Ian Krug was 10th with a score of 238.15.

The one-meter diving finals are scheduled to be held Thursday night.

After one day of competition, Calvin has a first place score of 40 points. Action continues on Thursday morning with prelims set for 10 a.m.

All of the action is taking place inside Calvinís Venema Aquatic Center.

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