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Men’s Swimming Has Big Night at MIAA Relays

Friday, October 19, 2012

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GRAND RAPIDS – The Calvin men’s swimming and diving team opened up its season Friday afternoon participating in the MIAA relays at Calvin’s Venema Aquatic Center.  The event was not scored, but Calvin finished second or better in 11 of the 12 events including eight first place finishes. 

The first relay was the 200-yard medley.  Calvin won the event with a time of 1:37.89, finishing 0.22 seconds ahead of Kalamazoo.  Aaron Mitchell, Stephen Kraft, Peter Johnson and Mark Rushlow earned the first place finish for Calvin.

The next relay won by the maroon and gold was the 200-year breaststroke.  The team of Johnson Cochran, Kraft, Andrew Vanderlei and David Doud swam a time of 1:15.82.  Once again, the Knights barely edged out the Hornets, this time beating them by 0.11 seconds.

Two events later, Calvin won the 200-yard butterfly relay.  Peter Johnson, Doud, Mitchell and Rushlow swam a time of 1:36:89.  For the third straight time, the Knights defeated Kalamazoo by a mere 0.12 seconds. 

Calvin’s next victory came in the 100-yard backstroke relay.  Brandon Muma, Rushlow, Mitchell Schroder and Andrew Mitchell swam a time of 45.15 seconds. 

Calvin won the very next event, the 100-yard breaststroke relay.  Cochran, Kraft, Vanderlei and Travis Vincent swam a time of 50.04 seconds.  Kalamazoo again finished second with a time of 50.15 seconds.

The 100-yard and 200-yard freestyle relays also ended with Knights victories.

“We swam well as a team tonight,” said Calvin head coach Dan Gelderloos.  “You don’t really know what to expect at this point in the season.  We need to keep getting to know each other better.  We have bigger things to swim for than just times.”

Both men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will return to action Friday, when it hosts Grand Valley at Calvin’s Venema Aquatic Center. 

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