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Men’s Swimming & Diving Competes Against Grand Valley State at Venema Aquatic Center

Friday, October 28, 2011

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Story by Sports Information Student Assistant Mark DeHaan/Photos by Paul Evans

A week after opening up its season at the MIAA Relays, the Calvin men’s swim and dive team hosted Grand Valley State for their it’s first dual meet of the season. The Knights were able to get off to a quick start as they were able to take first and third place in the 200 Yard Medley Relay, the first event of the night.

Unfortunately for the Knights, it was not until the diving that they would capture another top spot. Sophomore Andrew Krafft dove like he was in mid-season form, though, setting two pool records as well as making two NCAA cuts. In the 1 meter diving, Krafft finished with a final score of 328.85, more than 70 points ahead of second place. The 3 meter dive seemed to be almost a replica performance as Krafft racked up 329.35 points, more than 85 points ahead of second place.

During the second half of the swimming events, sophomore Andrew Mitchell was able to grab a second place finish in the 100 Yard Backstroke, while Calvin would take a 2-3-4 finish in the 100 yard breaststroke via senior Greg Gorham, freshmen Andrew Vanderlei, and senior Chris Shepperly, respectively.

The Knights would also take second and third in the 200 Yard Freestyle Relay. GVSU would prove to be too strong, however, taking the meet at a final score of 162-78.

“It was our first real dual meet, we were being strategic with events, we want to be consistent with training,” said Head Coach Dan Gelderloos. “Monday through Friday, that’s when it really matters. We want to see some fight, (the team) is wanting respect, and that comes little bit by little bit. We just want to come in each week and get better.”

The Knights will now look forward to next week Saturday, November 5, when they host Wheaton at 1:00 p.m.

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