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Women’s Swimming and Diving Team Wins U. of Chicago Invitational - Deur Breaks Another Diving Record

Sunday, January 18, 2009

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CHICAGO, IL—The Calvin women’s swimming and diving team closed out an impressive two days of competition at the University of Chicago Invitational, winning the meet with a team score of 1,251.83 points.

Senior Erica Deur (Holland Christian HS) broke her second school record in as many days, winning the one-meter diving competition with a school record point total of 489.50 points, breaking her previous school record of 487.00 points. On Friday night, Deur broke her own school record on the three-meter board with a first place score of 505.55 points.

Also taking first place for Calvin on Saturday individually were senior Cara VanWoerkom (Calvin Christian HS) in the 200 freestyle (1:57.57) and 100 freestyle (54.40), junior Maggie Vail (Portage Northern HS) in the 100 breaststroke (1:07.39) and 200 breaststroke (2:25.47) and sophomore Monica Bressler (Sandusky, OH) in the 200 backstroke (2:15.95).

Calvin’s 400 freestyle relay of VanWoerkom, junior Emily Roberts (DeKalb, IL), sophomore Kendra Kinzer (Fort Wayne, IN) and junior Laura Price (Warren, PA) took first place with a time of 3:40.92 while its 800 freestyle relay of VanWoerkom, Kinzer, Price and senior Julie Wolfe (Westerville, OH) clocked in with a first place time of 8:02.31. Calvin’s 200 medley relay of sophomore Brianna VandenEnde (Huntsville. ON), Roberts, Wolfe and Vail took first place with a time of 1:51.41.

Calvin was particularly affective in the one-meter diving competition as the Knights took the top five spots with junior Casey Herman (Libertyville, IL) posting a season-best and second place score of 411.50 points while senior Jeena Velzen (Unity Christian HS) was third (384.30), junior Joy Leach (Charlottsville, VA) fourth (371.75) and sophomore Carmen Brummel (Unity Christian HS) fifth (339.70).

Other notables for the Calvin women included second place finishes by Price in the 200 freestyle (1:58.08), Roberts in the 100 breaststroke (1:07.90), Bressler in the 100 backstroke (1:02.64) and Jo Vander Linde (Grand Rapids Christian HS) in the 200 backstroke (2:17.76).

Calvin will now prepare to host its first-ever dual meet inside the Venema Aquatic Center. Calvin will host rival Hope in a conference dual meet inside the facility on January 24 at 1:00 p.m.


1. Calvin - 1,251.83 points
2. University of Chicago – 1,011.33
3. Lawrence – 403
4. Loras – 345
5. Illinois Tech – 300.5
6. Lincoln – 200.33
7. College of Dupage – 90

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