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Women’s Swimming and Diving Team Competes Against Grand Valley State Friday at Venema Aquatic Center

Friday, October 28, 2011

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Story by Sports Information Student Assistant Derek Neice/Photos by Paul Evans

Only two meets deep into a long season, the women of Calvin’s Swim and Dive team looked good Friday evening against local opponent Grand Valley State as the Knights as a team lost to the powerhouse Lakers 175-63.

Friday marked the first meet for the Knights that included individual events for the swimmers as well as diving events, and aside from a disqualification in the first event, Calvin started well in both areas as the women seek to defend their conference title from last year.

“It’s a long season and we fewer swimmers than we did last year but we’re still very competitive,” head coach Dan Gelderloos said afterward.  “We’ve got our work cut out for us this year but we like our chances.”

Notable finishes from the women included the 200 yd medley relay as the Calvin B team [Erika Waugh, Alexi Scott, Bridget Scott, Samantha Musolf] finished third overall with a time of 1:57.72 in the 1000 yd free as Shelby Cloyd finished first with a time of 10:55.28, in the 200 yd IM as Alexi Scott finishing third with a time of 2:16.27, in the 100 yd free as Stephie Fox finished third with a time of 54.89, in the 500 yd free as Elizabeth Counsell finished third with a time of 5:26.85, in the 100 yd breast as Alexi Scott finished second [1:11.59], Margaret Rechel finished third [1:15.83], and Elizabeth Schleh finished fourth [1:16.84], and in the 200 yd free relay as the Calvin A team [Alex Dhaenens, Rachel Colasurdo, Samantha Musolf, Maria Sedjo] finished second with a time of 1:41.89, and the Calvin B team [Shelby Cloyd, Savanna VanWormer, Kathryn Worbel, Briana Seaks] finished third with a time of 1:46.09.

“We were trying to be strategic with our events in giving some of the kids a little change and variety,” said Gelderloos.  “But overall I think we swam very consistent.”

On the diving boards the Knights got a great performance from their number one diver, Sam Klaasen, as she finished second in both the 1 meter and 3 meter diving events with 255.60 and 236.20 points respectively.  Klaasen’s performance was enough to make the national cut.

“Diving was looking very strong,” said Gelderloos of his divers.  “They’re going to be leading the charge in the conference.”

As the Knights now get into the swing of meets each week, the women will continue to improve as they hope to win yet another MIAA title later in the season.  They next event for Calvin will be November 5th at home against Wheaton.

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