Rushlow and Battoclette Claim MIAA Individual Titles at Conference Meet
Friday, February 17, 2012
By Andrew Knot
The Calvin men’s swim and dive team is poised to complete one of its strongest finishes in recent memory after Friday’s MIAA conference meet at the Holland Aquatic Center.
After Friday’s action, the Knights sit in fourth place with 407 points. They trail Olivet, Hope, and Kalamazoo, who hold 420.5, 481 and 510.5 points respectively.
The Knights were led by standout performances from seniors Mark Rushlow and Ross Battoclette. Rushlow became the first Calvin swimmer since Peter Boumgarden to win the butterfly. Boumgarden was a four-team champion from 2002-to-2005. On Friday, Rushlow took the 100 butterfly with an NCAA III automatic qualifying time of 49.33, just missing the school record of 49.25 set by Boumgarden in 2002.
Meanwhile, senior Ross Battoclette, won the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:42.63, becoming the first-ever swimmer in Calvin men’s history to win the race at the conference meet. Battoclette came from behind in the final two lengths to take the event in dramatic fashion. Freshman Alex Baumann improved his preliminary time by nearly two seconds to place third.
The Knights’ Travis Vincent also clocked an impressive time of 4:08.33 in the 400 IM, just missing the school record time of 4:08.01. His time was good for second place.
Rushlow also came back to place third in the 100 backstroke with a time of 52.06.
Calvin’s performance thus far in the meet has the Knights in position for a third place finish. In order to do so, Calvin would need a strong finish from both its swimming and diving units tomorrow.
Coach Dan Gelderloos was impressed with his squad’s performance.
“I saw a lot of heart from my team. They were swimming for each other,” he said. Gelderloos praised his seniors’ performance.
“It was cool to see Mark and Ross rewarded for their hard work. The seniors have been the backbone of this team for the last couple of years. Even those who went unrecognized tonight don’t go unrecognized by me,” he added.