Records Fall and NCAA III Cuts Galore on Day Two of Calvin Winter Swimming & Diving Invite
Saturday, December 03, 2011
(Photo by Paul Evans)
With one day of competition left at the Calvin Winter Invitational, the Calvin men’s swimming and diving team is in fourth place with 216 points while the Calvin women’s swimming and diving team is in fifth place with 210 points. Grand Valley State leads both competitions with the Laker men leading with 651.5 points while the Laker women have a first place total of 546 points.
In the men’s meet, Calvin got the morning off to a bang as senior Greg Gorham blasted away his own record in the 100 breaststroke prelims, recording an NCAA III B’ cut qualifying time of 57.73. In the evening finals, Gorham took seventh with a time of 58.40.
Other individual highlights for the Calvin men included senior Ross Battoclette taking fifth in the 200 freestyle with a season-best time of 1:43.90, junior Mark Rushlow taking eighth in the 100 butterfly (1:58.50) and sophomore Andrew Mitchell placing eighth in the 100 backstroke (54.10).
Calvin’s 200 freestyle relay team of Rushlow, Battoclette, freshman Alex Baumann and Mitchell took fifth with a time of 1:25.87.
On the women’s side, junior Elizabeth Counsell had a monster swim in the 100 breaststroke, winning the event with a strong NCAA III B’ cut qualifying time of of 1:03.62 that was less than two-tenths of a second of an NCAA III A’ cut time. Junior Stephanie Fox also had a huge night, placing second in the 100 freestyle with a time of 1:54.07. Her swim came one night after she clocked an NCAA B’ cut qualifying time of 1:53.42 as the leadoff leg of Calvin’s 800 freestyle relay. Fox was was one of two Calvin swimmers to finish in the top eight of the 200 freestyle as junior Shelby Cloyd was seventh in a time of 1:58.11. Fox also placed ninth in the 400 IM with a time of 4:43.43.
Calvin’s 200 freestyle relay team of senior Rachel Bos, freshman Alex Dhaenens, sophomore Sam Musolf and junior Rachel Colasurdo took seventh with a time of 1:39.66.
Action continues on Saturday with prelims set for 10 a.m. and evening finals slated for 6 p.m.