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Men’s Swimming and Diving Team Edges Hope 148-146 in Dual Meet Action

Sunday, November 13, 2011

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HOLLAND - Calvin picked up an exciting dual meet victory over Hope on Saturday afternoon, grabbing a two-point lead with two events remaining and then holding on down the stretch. The Knights are now 2-2 in dual meet action this year.

Key to the Calvin win was the performance of its 200 IM swimmers in the second-to-the-last event of the day as the Knights went 1-2-5 to garner 14 points. Junior Stephen Kraft led the 200 IM charge with a first place time of 2:03.06 while freshman Travis Vincent was second (2:03.49) and sophomore Peter Johnson fifth (2:06.73).

Calvin then needed to just finish second in the 400 freestyle relay to clinch the win and the Calvin quartet of freshman Alex Baumann, sophomore Andrew Mitchell, junior Mark Rushlow and senior Ross Battoclette did just that, placing second with a time of 3:16.70, finishing less than a half-second out of first place.

Calvin also outscored Hope 32-0 in the diving events. On the one-meter board, sophomore Andrew Krafft was first (255.05), freshman Jordan Kaster second (210.60) and junior Josh Dreska third (162.00). On the three-meter board, Krafft was first (229.20), Kaster second (166.70) and Dreska third (139.35).

In the pool, Battoclette was a winner in the 200 freestyle (1:46.79), Johnson a winner in the 200 butterfly (2:03.64) and Rushlow a winner in the 100 butterfly (54.60).

Calvin’s 200 medley relay team of Mitchell, senior Greg Groham, Johnson and Rushlow also won with a time of 1:38.56, edging Hope’s team by two-tenths of a second.

Calvin will now break until December 1-3 when it hosts its own Calvin Invitational.

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