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Swimming and Diving Teams Fall to GVSU in Dual Meet Action

Friday, October 26, 2012

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By Mark DeHaan

With a swim meet tomorrow at Olivet, the Calvin swim and dive team hopes to look strong on back-to-back days as they swam Friday night against Division II Grand Valley State. The Lakers won both the men’s and women’s competitions, defeating the Calvin men 163-77 and the Calvin women 157-83.

On the men’s side, Calvin earned second place in the first even of the night, the 200 yard medley relay. The team of junior Andrew Mitchell, freshman Johnson Cochran, senior Mark Rushlow, and freshman Mitchell Schroder swam to a second place finish in 1:37.45.

In the next event, the 1000 yard freestyle, freshman Aaron Venema put in a strong swim as he earned first place in 10:01.94.

In the 50 yard freestyle, Calvin finished third and fourth as Rushlow took third in 22.26 and Schroder finished four in 22.35.

The tenth event saw the Knights earn an eighth place finish as senior Stephen Kraft swam the 200 yard individual medley in 2:05.69.

In the 100 yard free, Mitchell took second for Calvin in 48.35.

The 100 yard breaststroke saw the Calvin men take their only first place finish of the night as Cochran earned a close win in 59.31, just 13-hundredths faster than second place.

In the men’s diving, junior Jon Dennison took second in the one meter board with 234.55 points while finishing first in the three meter with 226.85 points. 

On the women’s side, Calvin took second in the opening relay. Seniors Kristy Kinzer, Elizabeth Counsell, Rachel Colasurdo, and freshman Michaela Rookus finished the 200 yard medley relay in 1:50.77.

In the 1000 yard freestyle, the Knights earned a 1-2 finish as sophomore Kathryn Wrobel took first in 10:47.99 and senior Shelby Cloyd finished second in 10:55.04.

Senior Stephie Fox took second in the 200 yard freestyle in 1:59.72.

The 50 yard freestyle saw Rookus continue her strong night as she finished second in a time of 24.74.

Sophomore Alexi Scott then earned a second place finish in the 200 yard IM in 2:16.56.
In the 100 yard butterfly, Colasurdo earned second in 1:01.14.

Fox then took third in the 100 yard freestyle, finishing in 55.46.

Kristy Kinzer, coming of an injury last season, continued to swim well as she finished third in the 100 yard backstroke in 1:02.81.

Calvin then earned a pair of consecutive 2-3 finishes, first in the 500 yard freestyle as senior Shelby Cloyd took second in 5:19.66 and senior Margaret Rechel finished third in 5:32.39. Then, in the 100 yard breaststroke, Cousell finished second in 1:08.42 while Scott took third in 1:10.94.

Calvin’s relay teams took a 2-3 finish in the 200 yard freestyle relay. Fox, senior Margaret Rechel, sophomore Alex Dhaenens and senior Rachel Colasurdo took second in 1:41.69 while sophomore Betsey Otten,Wrobel, freshman Leah Meyer, and Kinzer finished third in 1:43.88.

On the boards, senior Sam Klaasen took second in one meter with 245.40 points and second in the three meter board with 257.60 points.

“We’re just trying to work on the preparation of swimming fast Friday night and then again on Saturday,” said Gelderloos. “Eventually, we have to do that three and a half days in a row (at the MIAA Championships). Aaron Venema had a fantastic thousand, another freshman Johnson Cochran had a very respectable 100 breaststroke, both men’s and women’s relays were pretty good and Kristy Kinzer, coming back from a broken hand had a fantastic outing.”

Calvin returns to the pool tomorrow when it travels to Olivet to take on the Comets with the meet starting at 1 p.m.

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