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Women’s Swimming & Diving Team Defeats Kalamazoo/Men’s Team Defeated by Hornets

Saturday, January 22, 2011

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The Calvin women’s swimming and diving team defeated MIAA foe Kalamazoo 155-140 at the Venema Aquatic Center in dual meet action while the Calvin men’s team was defeated by Kalamazoo 191-106. The Kalamazoo women entered Saturday’s meet ranked 17th nationally but the Calvin women’s team used depth in its lineup and decisive 1-2-3 sweeps in both the one and three-meter diving competitions to gain the win. The Calvin women’s team is now 4-3 overall including 4-0 against MIAA teams. On the men’s side, the Knights were defeated by sixth-ranked Kalamazoo. The Calvin men are now 2-4 in dual competition this year including 1-3 against MIAA opponents.

In the women’s meet, Kalamazoo took first place in 10 of a possible 14 swimming events including both relays but the Knights hung tough with four first place finishes in the swim events and quality depth throughout its lineup. Calvin’s diving contingent of senior Carmen Brummel (West Olive/Unity Christian HS), sophomore Sam Klaasen (Holland/Holland Christian HS) and freshman Elise Kaufman (Sugarland, TX/Clements HS) also played a crucial role in the win. Klaasen won the one-meter diving competition with a score of 253.05 with Kauffman second (246.15) and Brummel third (224.35) while Kaufman won the three-meter competition with a score of 271.05 while Klaasen was second (253.95) and Brummel third (212.35).

Sophomore Shelby Cloyd (Kalamazoo/Plainwell HS) led a 1-2-3 Calvin finish in the 1,000 freestyle with a first place and season-best time of 10:58.15 while junior Bridgett Scott (Oakville, ON/Kings Christian Collegiate Academy) was second (11:12.03) and freshman Claire Strunk (Evanston, IL/Evanston Township HS) third (11:16.22).

Other first place finishes for the Calvin women included senior Monica Bressler (Sandusky, OH/Perkins HS) in the 100 backstroke (1:01.61), sophomore Rachel Colasurdo (Chesapeake, VA/Home Schooled) in the 100 freestyle (54.86) and junior Briana Seaks (East Lansing, IL/Okemos HS) in the 200 backstroke (2:17.71).

On the men’s side, Calvin had several notable performances led by the double-victory performance of freshman Andrew Krafft (Fort Wayne, IN/Home Schooled) who won the one-meter diving competition with a score of 310.45 and the three-meter board with a season-best and NCAA III qualifying score of 296.70. The three-meter score by Kraff was less than two points shy of breaking the school record of 298.50 set by Bill VanEe in 1985.

In addition, sophomore Mathias Bares (Holland/West Ottawa HS) had a superb effort in the 1,000 freestyle, winning in a time of 10:19.86. Sophomore Greg Gorham (Minneapolis, MN/Richfield HS) won the 100 breaststroke in a time of 1:01.01 while freshman Peter Johnson (Oak Forest, IL/Home Schooled) won the 200 butterfly (2:01.15).

Both Calvin teams return to action next Saturday, competing in dual meets at Albion at 1 p.m.

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