Women’s Swimming and Diving in Second After Day Two of MIAA Championships - Waugh Breaks Record
Friday, February 14, 2014
Story By Brett VenHuizen/Photo by Bobby Lee
With two days of competition left to go at the MIAA Swimming and Diving Championships, the Calvin women’s team sits in second place with 271 points – nine points behind first place Hope.
The Knights started out the second session of Thursday’s meet with a second place finish in the 200 free relay final with the quartet of Adrienne Wesselius, Michaela Rookus, Kristen Kinzer, and Kathryn Wrobel. The team posted a time of 1:36.25. Next was the 500 free finals where the Knights took fourth and sixth. Fourth place was taken by Kathryn Wrobel with a time of 5:07.93 and sixth was taken by Elizabeth Schleh with a time of 5:16.68.
Junior Erika Waugh had a big day, breaking the MIAA record in the 100 backstroke twice as the leadoff leg of Calvin’s 400 medley relay. In the morning prelims, she clocked a time of 57.52 and then came back with a record time of 57.44 in the evening finals. Waugh’s 100 back time broke a 20-year-old MIAA record, set originally by Hope’s Susan Looman (:57.82) in 1994 and equaled in 2009 by Hope’s Brittaney Reest Delo.
Calvin posted a strong showing in the 200 IM Finals by taking first, second and fourth. Michela Rookus came in first for the Knights with a 2:07.62, Lexi Scott came in second with 2:09.11, and Erika Waugh took fourth with 2:10.00. In the 50 freestyle, Calvin’s Adrienne Wesselius was eighth with a time of 24.91.
During the three-meter diving final, Calvin’s Lizz Roth took second with a score of 432.80. In fourth was Rebecca Mumby with a score of 412.85 and in sixth was the Knights Rebecca Freed with a score of 372.92. The final event of the night for the women was the exciting 400 medley relay. Calvin came in second with a season-best time of 3:52.90. The relay consisted of Erika Waugh, Lexi Scott, Kristen Kinzer and Michaela Rookus.
“I think the one thing that is quite clear after two days of competition is that every team came here to swim fast and give it their best shot and that’s exciting but it’s also a challenge to our team over the next two days,” said Calvin head swim coach Dan Gelderloos. “We’ve got to work to do if we want to take back the lead. We have some opportunities tomorrow but it won’t be given to us by any stretch of the imagination. That’s what a championship competition should be about though – giving it your best shot.”
Kalamazoo currently sits in third place with 231 points followed by Albion and Alma with 153 and Olivet with 102 points.