Women’s Swimming and Diving Team Has Big Night at MIAA Relays
Friday, October 19, 2012
By Mark DeHaan
The Calvin women’s swimming and diving team opened up the season Friday night by hosting the unscored MIAA Relays at the Venema Aquatic Center. The women, despite dropping the first relay, went on to win the next seven en route to a strong night in the pool.
The opening relay was the 200 yard medley. The Knights claimed second in the first event of the season, as the team of sophomore Erika Waugh, senior Elizabeth Counsell, senior Rachel Colasurdo, and freshman Michaela Rookus swam to a time of 1:52.83.
In the 200 yard backstroke relay, Calvin began its streak of consecutive firsts as sophomore Betsy Otten, senior Stephie Fox, sophomore Alexi Scott, and sophomore Kathryn Wrobel took first in 1:55.75.
In the 200 yard breaststroke relay, the Knights blew out the competition as Rookus, Counsell, junior Maria Sedjo and freshman Mary Hudson earned first in 2:10.30, while second did not come in until about three seconds later.
The team of sophomore Alex Dhaenens, Wrobel, Rookus, and Fox also put in a strong showing in the 500 yard freestyle in 4:50.36.
Freshman Alayna Gallegos, Colasurdo, Sedjo, and Dhaenens kept the streak alive in the 200 yard butterfly relay with a slim three-hundredths of a second victory over Kalamazoo, finishing in 1:53.22.
The distance swimmers then put in a dominating performance in the 3x500 yard freestyle relay, as Wrobel, senior Shelby Cloyd, and Fox won by over 25 seconds, taking first in 16:23.17. Otten, Fox, Scott, and Waugh took the seventh straight first place in the 100 yard backstroke relay in a time of 53.86. The Knights streak was then broken in the next race as no Calvin swimmers participated in the 100 yard breaststroke relay.
In the 100 yard freestyle relay, the Knights team of Rookus, Dhaenens, Colasurdo, and Fox took second in 46.31.
Calvin followed that up with a third place finish in the 400 yard 4x100 individual medley relay, as Counsell, Scott, senior Savannah VanWormer and Gallegos swam to a 4:24.87 finish.
The Knights wrapped up the MIAA Relays with a 2-3 finish in the 200 yard freestyle relay as Rookus, Dhaenens, Colasurdo, and Fox took second in 1:41.38 and senior Margaret Rechel, Otten, Wrobel, and Sedjo took third in 1:43.66.
The meet was not scored, but the feeling around the pool after it had concluded was that the Calvin women had put in the strongest performance. Despite that, head coach Dan Gelderloos says the focus is still on Monday through Friday, at least until after Christmas break when real MIAA competition begins.
“You never know what to expect coming into the event. We’re just trying to get everyone involved and put some numbers on paper,” said Gelderloos. “It’s fun to get some good splits up on the clock, it gets (the team) a little bit more motivated, but the biggest thing on my mind is Monday through Friday.”
Calvin now looks forward to next weekend when it will host Grand Valley State on Friday and travel to Olivet on Saturday.