Swimming & Diving Teams Fall to Division II Wayne State
Saturday, November 21, 2009
In another day of action for the Calvin swim and dive team and despite taking a pair of losses for both men and women’s teams, the Knights swam what coach Dan Gelderloos called their best meet of the year at home against Division II team Wayne State University.
A Saturday event held at Calvin’s Venema Aquatic Center, the losses pushed Calvin’s season record to 2-2 and 1-3 for the women and men respectively in dual meet action. The women, recently ranked at #5 in the Division III Top 25 poll, fell by a score of 146-92, and the men, who have received votes in the poll but are not ranked in the Top 25, lost by a team score of 164-74.
“Today we swam what was probably our best meet so far,” Gelderloos said after the meet had concluded. “Sometimes it’s good to step up your confidence and get out of your comfort zone to get a reality check of what else is out there.”
“We found out some things and got some good surprises here today,” Gelderloos continued, “and we found some other things that will need some more time to work on, but all in all we’re going to hit the break feeling good about ourselves.”
On the women’s side, the best finishes were a first place finish by Stephanie Fox in the 200 yd free at 1:56.53, and second place finishes in the 200 yd medley relay by the A-team at 1:51.56, the 50 yd free by Monica Bressler at 24.87, the 400 yd IM by Rachel Colasurdo at 4:51.14, the 100 yd free by Colasurdo at 54.64, the 500 yd free by Fox at 5:15.52, and in 1 metr diving by Cassandra Herman with a score of 255.35.
For the men there were second place finishes in the 50 yd free by Mark Rushlow at 22.32 and in the 200 yd free relay by the A-team at 1:31.30. Third place finishes included the 200 yd medley relay by the A-team at 1:41.21, the 50 yd free by Kurt Van Allsburg at 22.41, the 400 yd IM by Stephen Kraft at 4:37.00, the 100 yd free by Jon Herrema at 51.04, the 100 yd back by Tyler Westman at 57.70, and the 500 yd free by Ross Battoclette at 5:05.10.
Calvin will have one more meet before heading off to Puerto Rico for a team cross-cultural trip where the swimmers will get a chance to get out of the United States and experience another country, even getting the chance to do some swimming there.
“We’re going to treat it [Puerto Rico] as a cross-cultural experience,” Gelderloos said of the upcoming trip, “and it’ll be good to get these kids out to another place, somewhere different, which is always a fun thing for me, and it’ll definitely be a very busy and action-packed week.”
Before that trip, the Knights will host the Calvin Winter Invitational, a two-day event that will see teams from around the MIAA coming to compete. The meet is scheduled for December 3-5.