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Swimming and Diving Teams Split With Kalamazoo

Saturday, February 07, 2009

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GRAND RAPIDS – The Calvin men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams held their second-ever dual meets inside the Venema Aquatic Center on Saturday and came away with a split against Kalamazoo. On the women’s side, Calvin defeated Kalamazoo 195-100. On the men’s side, Kalamazoo defeated Calvin 177-97.

Calvin senior diver Erica Deur (Holland Christian HS) continued her record-breaking pace, breaking her own school records on the one and three-meter diving boards (six dives). Deur has now established at least one school record in each of the last four weekends.

On Saturday, Deur won the three-meter board with a score of 328.75, breaking her previous record of 315.20. She also won the one-meter competition with a score of 320.25, breaking her previous record of 301.55. Both scores were NCAA III qualifying marks.

Deur was part of a strong contingent of Calvin divers as the Knights took four of the top five spots on the three-meter board and the top four spots on the one-meter board. On the one-meter board, junior Casey Herman (Libertyville, IL) took second with an NCAA III qualifying score of 269.60.

Senior Cara VanWoerkom (Calvin Christian HS) also had a big meet, winning the 100 freestyle (53.83) along with a second place finish in the 200 freestyle (1:58.31).

Junior Laura Price (Warren, PA) captured the 200 freestyle (1:57.27) and was second in the 100 free 955.14). In the 500 free, junior Libby Veldkamp (Calvin Christian HS) had a career-best and first place time of 5:16.70. Sophomore Kendra Kinzer (Fort Wayne, IN) also had a career-best performance in winning the 1,000 freestyle in a time of 10:59.01.

Other individual winners for the Calvin women included junior Maggie Vail (Portage Northern HS) in the 100 breaststroke with an NCAA III conditional qualifying time of 1:06.70, senior Julie Wolfe (Westerville, OH) in the 50 freestyle (25.16), sophomore Brianna Vanden Ende (Huntsville, ON) in the 200 backstroke (2:15.06) and junior Emily Roberts (Dekalb, IL) in the 200 breaststroke (2:27.23).

Calvin’s 200 medley relay team of Vanden Ende, Roberts, Wolfe and Vail also clocked in with a first place time of 1:50.34.

On the men’s side, Calvin received victories from senior Dennis Steenbergen (Aylmer, ON) on both the one-meter (249.25) and three-meter (213.35) boards. His score on the one-meter board was a career-best.

Senior Keith Conrad (Wheaton, IL) also had a big day, winning the 100 breaststroke with a season-best time of 1:00.05 and the 200 IM with a tie of 2:05.24. Conrad was also third in the 500 freestyle (4:56.27).

Other notables included senior Matt Bolles (West Ottawa HS) taking second in the 1,000 freestyle (10:45.71) and freshman Ethan Tatum (Grand Rapids Christian HS) taking second in the 50 freestyle (22.56).

Calvin’s 200 freestyle relay of junior Kurt VanAllsburg (Grand Rapids Christian HS), freshman Ross Battoclette (Cincinnati, OH), Tatum and junior Jon Herrema (Grand Rapids Christian HS) also took first place with a season-best time of 1:28.47.

“I thought both of our teams had strong days all the way around,” said Calvin head swim coach Dan Gelderloos. “We swam beyond my expectations today which was pleasing to see.”

Gelderloos also praised the work of Calvin diving coach Aaron Paskvan and the performance of the entire Calvin diving contingent. “Our divers are on fire right now and Aaron Paskvan has played a key role in that,” said Gelderloos. “We are truly blessed to have him as our diving coach and our divers would be the first ones to tell you that as well.”

Calvin will now prepare for the upcoming MIAA Championships, scheduled to be held at Notre Dame University February 19-21 with Saint Mary’s College serving as host.

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