Men’s Swimming & Diving Team Remains in Fourth Place After Day Two of MIAA Championships
Saturday, February 21, 2009
NOTRE DAME, IN—The Calvin men’s swimming and diving team had a strong second day of competition at the MIAA Championships, building its point total to 246 points. The Knights remain in fourth place but now hold a 31-point lead over fifth place Alma.
Calvin senior Keith Conrad (Wheaton, IL) established a new school record in a 100 breaststroke time trial, clocking in with a time of 59.88, breaking the previous record of 59.94 set by Ryan Preston in 2002. Conrad also swam in the finals of the 100 butterfly and placed sixth with a season-best time of 51.56. In addition, he helped Calvin’s 200 medley relay team place sixth with a time of 1:38.71. He was joined on the relay by sophomore Tyler Westman (Naperville, IL), junior Jon Herrema (Grand Rapids Christian HS) and junior Kurt Van Allsburg (Grand Rapids Christian HS).
In the 200 freestyle, freshmen Ross Battoclette (Cincinnati, OH) and Ethan Tatum (Grand Rapids Christian HS) both reached the finals with Battoclette placing seventh (1:45.73) and Tatum eighth (1:46.96). The duo then hooked up with Conrad and senior Matt Bolles (West Ottawa HS) to finish fourth in the 800 freestyle relay with a season-best time of 7:02.14.
In the three-meter diving competition, senior Dennis Steenbergen (Aylmer, ON) reached the finals and took sixth with a score of 340.25 to go with his fourth place finish on the one-meter board the night before.
Van Allsburg also posted a top-eight finish, placing seventh in the 100 backstroke (54.45).
Also scoring points for the Knights on Friday were Bolles with a 12th place finish in the 400 IM (4:29.40), freshman Luke Griffioen (Williamsburg, VA) with a 15th place finish in the 400 IM (4:52.36), Herrema with a 13th place performance in the 100 butterfly (53.30), Westman with a 10th place finish in the 100 backstroke (54.97), freshman Chris Sheperly (Harper Creek HS) with a 13th place finish in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.20) and freshman Anthony Julius (Forest Hills Northern HS) with a 16th place finish in the 100 butterfly (59.47).
“I was extremely pleased with our performance today,” said head swim coach Dan Gelderloos. “It was great to see so many individuals contribute tonight and our finish in the 800 freestyle relay at the end was a great way for us to end the night. We’re hoping to continue our strong swims tomorrow.”
MIAA TEAM SCORES THROUGH DAY TWO