Thursday, December 05, 2013
The Calvin men’s swimming and diving team had a record-breaking night of competition Thursday at the Calvin Winter Invitational, setting four school records and moving into second place with a team score of 85 points. Thursday’s competition featured just the 1,650 freestyle and 800 freestyle relay. In the 1,650 freestyle, sophomore Caleb Meindertsma (Annondale, VA/Trinity Christian HS) took second with a school-record and NCAA III B’ cut qualifying time of 15:59.16, breaking the his own school mark of 16:06.12. Meindertsma’s initial 1,000 freestyle time was 9:40.52, breaking the previous Calvin 1,000 freestyle record of 9:51.83 set by A.J. Penninga in 2003. Meindertsma was one of two Calvin swimmers to place in the top eight as sophomore Aaron Venema (Grand Haven/Grand Haven HS) was seventh in 16:35.25. Venema’s opening 1,000 time of 9:44.98 also surpassed the old Calvin record in the 1,000 free. In the 800 freestyle relay, Calvin went to work again, placing second in a school-record and NCAA III B’ cut qualifying time of 6:49.11. The Calvin relay team consisted of senior Andrew Mitchell (Iron Mountain/Kingsford HS), sophomore Mitch Schroder (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS), Venema and junior Alex Baumann (Holland/Holland Christian HS). The old record of 6:49.16 was set by Calvin’s 2003 relay squad of A.J. Penninga, Brad White, Ryan Johnson and Peter Boumgarden. Mitchell led off the relay with a 200 freestyle split of 1:40.11, breaking the previous Calvin 200 freestyle record of 1:40.94 set by A.J. Penninga in 2002. Mitchell’s time was also an NCAA B’ cut qualifying time.
Thursday, December 05, 2013
Competing in a field of six teams, the Calvin women’s swimming and diving team is in third place through one night of competition at the Calvin Winter Invitational. The Calvin women’s team has 63 points, trailing Northern Michigan and Grand Valley State. Thursday’s competition included the 1,650 freestyle and 800 freestyle relay. In the 1,650 freestyle, junior Kathryn Wrobel (Arden Hills, MN/Mounds View HS) took fourth in a time of 17:54.35. Calvin’s 800 freestyle relay team of senior Margaret Rechel (Worthington, OH/Thomas Worthington HS), Wrobel, freshman Megan Schroder (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) and junior Alex Dhaenens (Howell/Howell HS) took seventh in a time of 7:56.04. Calvin’s B’ relay team of junior Erika Waugh (Berne, IN/South Adams HS), senior Elizabeth Schleh (Mount Vernon, WA/Academy West), senior Claire Strunk (Evanston, IL/Evanston Township HS) and junior Lexi Scott (Richmond, IN/Richmond HS) also scored points, placing ninth in 8:04.03. Prelims on Friday morning begin at 10 a.m. with evening finals slated for 6 p.m.
Thursday, December 05, 2013
Story by Mark DeHaan/Photo by Sandy Palmatter
The Calvin women’s basketball team returned to conference play on Wednesday evening, hosting the Britons of Albion at Van Noord Arena. The game was the MIAA opener for the Britons, while Calvin came in with an 0-1 conference mark. Both teams entered the contest with 3-2 overall records. Calvin, after leading by two at halftime, opened up a 24 point margin in the second half and coasted to a 77-69 win. Junior Kayla Engelhard (Unionville/Saginaw Valley Lutheran HS) led the Knights with 15 points while junior Breanna Verkaik (Holland/Holland Christian HS) had 14 points and eight assists. Junior Hannah Acre (DeWitt/DeWitt HS) added a career high 14 points on 7-for-7 shooting while junior Abby VanderWoude (Hudsonville/Unity Christian HS) had 10 points and six rebounds. Calvin is now 7-0 all-time against Albion at Van Noord Arena.
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Three members of the Calvin women’s soccer team have been named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Continental Tire Division III All-Central Region second team. Named to the NSCAA/Continental Tire Division III All-Central Region second team are senior Danielle Carter and sophomores Paige Capel and Taylor Ten Harmsel. Under the direction of head coach Mark Recker, Calvin finished the year with an overall record of 19-3-2 and captured the MIAA regular season title with a league mark of 13-2-1. The Knights then captured the MIAA Tournament crown with tournament wins over Adrian and Hope and then advanced to the second round of the NCAA III Tournament before bowing to top-ranked Washington University of St. Louis. Calvin’s 19 wins were the second highest single-season total in Calvin women’s soccer history.
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
The Calvin mens’ and women’s swimming and diving teams will host the Calvin Winter Invitational this weekend, welcoming teams from around the state and Midwest. The Calvin sports information office caught up with head Calvin swim coach Dan Gelderloos to preview the upcoming Calvin Winter Invitational while also looking back on the season thus far as well as looking ahead. The interview with Gelderloos is available in podcast format at: Dan Gelderloos Interview The Calvin Winter Invitational will begin on Thursday night at 6 p.m. with prelims on Friday set for 10 a.m. and evening finals slated for 6 p.m. The 10 a.m./6 p.m. schedule will also hold on Saturday. All competition will take place inside Calvin’s Venema Aquatic Center.
Monday, December 02, 2013
The ACHA D3 Selectsí Program is proud to announce the coaching staff for Division 3ís third bi-annual trip to Europe over Christmas break. Mike Petrusma, head coach of the Calvin College Knights, has been selected as the head coach of the 2014-15 Selectís trip. Mike previously served as an assistant under Sean Weaver during the second Selectís trip in 2012-13 who went 5-0 on their trip. The rest of the coaching staff is still being selected and will be announced soon. Mike Petrusma is currently in his 18th season at Calvin College and is an active leader in the Michigan Collegiate Hockey Conference and the ACHA Division 3. His coaching record includes over 360 wins, one national championship (2004) and 3 other 3rd place finishes. Mike has built a consistent program at a Calvin College that regularly qualifies for regionals in the North Region. He was given the coach of the year award in the MCHC in 2006. The MCHC hosted the D3 nationals in Holland, MI in 2011 at which Mike was one of the key league representatives on site. Mike also traveled to the 2013 D3 nationals in Springfield, MO to assist the D3 commissioner on site and even provided some color commentary for a few of the game broadcasts.
Sunday, December 01, 2013
By Mark DeHaan
Calvin men’s basketball faced off against the Saints of Aquinas College in the fourth and final contest of the Grand Rapids Hall of Fame Classic on Saturday evening. The Knights were looking to bounce back from their first defeat of the year, an 85-66 loss against the Golden Eagles of Cornerstone on Friday night. Calvin did just that, defeating Aquinas 77-55 to improve to 5-1 on the year. Junior guard Jordan Brink led the Knights offensively with 18 points, while senior Mickey DeVries added 15 points and seven rebounds. Senior Tyler Kruis had 12 points. Brink was named to the all-tournament team for the second straight year.
Men’s Basketball Suffers First Loss of Season in 85-66 Defeat to Cornerstone in Hall of Fame Tourney
Saturday, November 30, 2013
By Mark DeHaan
Calvin men’s basketball returned to work on Friday evening after a short Thanksgiving break, hosting the Grand Rapids Hall of Fame Classic at Van Noord Arena this weekend. The Knights faced off against the Golden Eagles of Cornerstone University, playing in the second matchup of the evening as Hope College took a come-from-behind win from Aquinas College, 69-67, in the tournament opener. Friday night’s game was the 24th meeting between the Knights and Golden Eagles, with Calvin holding a 16-7 series advantage. Cornerstone added a win to its end of the series by the time the clock read all zeroes, handing Calvin its first loss of the season 85-66. Sophomore B.J. Van Loo led the Knights with 16 points and seven rebounds while junior Jordan Brink had 14 points. Calvin is back in action on Saturday, facing Aquinas at 8 p.m. with Hope facing Cornerstone in the 6 p.m. contest.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
MANCHESTER, IN - The 11th-ranked Calvin men’s basketball team rolled to a 78-50 victory at Manchester University Tuesday night to improve to 4-0 on the young season. After trailing 20-18 early, Calvin put on a 21-8 scoring run to grab a 39-28 halftime advantage. Calvin then held Manchester to 22 second half points while continuing to shoot at a 50 percent clip to put the game away. Junior guard Jordan Brink (Dyer, IN/Illiana Christian HS) led Calvin with 17 points including four three-pointers. Brink connected on three consecutive triples midway through the second half that allowed the Knights to build a 17-point lead. Brink was part of a solid back-court combo as sophomore guard Jordan Daley (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) had 12 points, six rebounds and three assists. Inside, Calvin featured the combo of senior Tyler Kruis (Grand Rapids/Calvin Christian HS) and junior Tyler Dykstra (Holland/Holland Christian HS) as Kruis had 11 points and two blocks while Dykstra had 13 points and four boards. Senior Mickey DeVries (Lansing/Lansing Christian HS) was also stellar with eight points and eight rebounds. Calvin will now prepare to host the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame Tournament Friday and Saturday at Van Noord Arena. Friday games will see Hope facing Aquinas at 6 p.m. and Calvin facing Cornerstone at 8 p.m. On Saturday, Hope will meet Cornerstone at 6 p.m. and Calvin will face Aquinas at 8 p.m. Tickets for each day are $10.00 and will be available at the door each night.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
MANCHESTER, IN - The Calvin women’s basketball team got back on the winning track with a 65-55 victory at Manchester University Tuesday night. The win lifts Calvin’s season record to 3-2. Calvin held a 39-31 halftime lead and used a 12-5 run over the final three minutes of regulation to seal the win. Calvin led throughout the second half with Manchester closing to within two points on one occasion and then with three points at 53-50 late in the contest before the Knights pulled away for the win. Junior Breanna Verkaik (Holland/Holland Christian HS) led Calvin with 15 points including three baskets from beyond the three-point arc. Junior Maria DeKuiper (Bradenton, FL/Bradenton Christian HS) had 13 points while junior Hannah Acre (DeWitt/DeWitt HS) had 11 points. Junior Kayla Engelhard (Unionville/Saginaw Valley Lutheran HS) added 10 points to round out a balanced Calvin scoring attack. Sophomore Abby Springer (Vernon Hills, IL/Vernon Hills HS) also chipped in with eight points including a pair of three-pointers.