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Relay Finds All-America Finish - Klaasen Honorable Mention All-American in Diving at NCAAs

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

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SHENANDOAH, TX - Calvin’s 200 medley relay team struck home for an All-America berth on the first day of competition at the NCAA III Swimming and Diving Championships, finishing eighth with a time of 1:46.02.  Calvin qualified for the evening finals with a school record time of 1:45.16 in the morning prelims. Calvin’s relay consisted of senior Kristy Kinzer (Fort Wayne, IN/Homestead HS), senior Elizabeth Counsell (Indianapolis, IN/Heritage Christian HS), senior Rachel Colasurdo (Chesapeake, VA/Home Schooled) and freshman Michaela Rookus (Hudsonville/Hudsonville HS). The finish marks Calvin’s first All-America relay since 2009 and its first in the 200 medley since 2007.

Meanwhile, senior Samantha Klaasen (Holland/Holland Christian HS) took home an honorable mention All-America berth in the women’s three-meter diving with a score of 456.75 points that was good for 10th place.

Klaasen was 9th in the morning prelims, missing the evening finals by just three points. She is competing in her first national meet and is scheduled to compete on the one-meter board on Friday.

Rookus also competed in the morning prelims in the 200 IM but did not advance to the evening rounds.

With the relay finish and Klaasen’s diving performance, Calvin is in 10th place with 29 points through the first day of competition.

“We had a very strong first day,” said Calvin head swim coach Dan Gelderloos. “It was important for our relay to get us off to a good start and the four individuals on the team all stepped up in the morning and got us to the big dance this evening. It took a school record time to do it and I’m very pleased with how they swam.”

Calvin diving coach Aaron Paskvan was also pleased with how Klaasen performed in her first national meet. “Sam was very steady and had an excellent first day,” said Paskvan. “She was extremely close to making it into the evening finals. The three-meter is the weaker of her two events so for her to come that close to being a (top eight) All-American is pretty remarkable.  Now our focus it to get her ready for the one-meter on Friday and I am confident that she will do well.”

Scheduled to compete on Thursday for Calvin are Kinzer, Counsell, Colasurdo and Rookus in the 200 freestyle relay and 400 medley relay.

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