GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Calvin athletics department celebrated a successful campaign during the 2017-18 school year.
Calvin claimed its fourth-straight MIAA Commissioner's Cup with nine MIAA titles. The Knights took the crown in men's cross country, men's golf, volleyball, men's soccer, men's indoor track & field, women's swimming & diving, men's swimming & diving, women's lacrosse and men's outdoor track & field. The Maroon and Gold won MIAA Tournament titles in men's soccer, volleyball and women's lacrosse.
"We had another great year," said Director of Athletics Dr. Jim Timmer. "There were a lot of highlights from this year. I want to thank all of our student-athletes, coaches and our support staff for all of the hard work everyone put in. With how happy I am with this season, I am even more excited for the future."
13 Calvin teams competed in NCAA postseason play during the academic year. The Calvin volleyball team finished with the highest finish, advancing to the semifinal round. Calvin finished 26th in the Learfield Directors' Cup, the highest of any MIAA school.
20 Knights claimed All-American honors over the last year. Junior Anna Kamp was named the AVCA NCAA Division III National Player of the Year. Trent Vegter was named the D3Soccer.com National Defender of the Year. Senior Ben VanScoyk became the first All-American in Calvin men's golf history.
Calvin student-athletes excelled in the classroom this year.
170 student-athletes claimed Academic All-MIAA honors, the second-most in Calvin history. 14 teams also posted a combined team G.P.A. of 3.30.
Seven student-athletes were named to CoSIDA Academic All-District teams. Senior setter Jenna Lodewyk was named the Academic All-American on the Year in volleyball.
Calvin athletes helped in the community as well.
Calvin SAAC created the first-ever D3Week Dodgeball Tournament, where the student-athletes played for $500 for local charities.
"I was very happy with how active our SAAC group was this year," said Becky Hilgert. "We had a very successful Toys for Tots fundraiser during the first semester. As a part of Division III Week, we initiated the first annual D3 Week Athletic Department Dodgeball Tournament which was a huge success as our athletes came together for a night of fun and competition but also raised money for charity."
Calvin also hosted the first-ever Unified Sports Experience at the MIAA Swimming & Diving Championships in February. Calvin helped field two relay teams in the Unified Sports Experience.
SAAC members raised money in the fall for Toys For Tots.
The volleyball team bowled with Special Olympic athletes in November.
Student-athletes also volunteered at the Southwest Michigan Special Olympics Spring Games in May.
The Calvin staff were kept busy during the 2017-18 school year. Calvin was given the honor to host the NCAA Division III Women's Volleyball Championships, the MHSAA Girls Basketball State Finals and the MIAA Championships for men's soccer, volleyball, swimming & diving, men's golf and women's lacrosse.
Calvin looked to the future and added women's triathlon as the 22nd varsity program at Calvin in May.
Calvin athletics would like to thank all of our fans and followers for all of the support that was shown this year.