HOLLAND, Mich. – The Calvin men's swimming & diving team is in second place after day three of the four-day MIAA Championships at the Holland Community Aquatic Center. The Knights tallied one first-place finish on Friday to stand with 522 points. Albion leads with 685 points; Hope is in third place at 458 points.
"We had some things that didn't quite go the way we were hoping," said head coach Dan Gelderloos. "But that is what happens in life and the lesson learned is to put it behind you and keep grinding. I am happy for Ben Holstege. He kept his chin up, worked hard and got the victory. We have to regroup and come back with our best effort tomorrow."
The Knights started the day getting nipped at the finish line in the 200-yard medley relay. The team of sophomore Ben Holstege (Keswick, Va./Covenant), senior Eli Holstege (Keswick, Va./Covenant), senior Brett Stoughton (Centerville, Ind./Centerville), and sophomore Jared Britton (Falls Church, Va./George Mason) clocked in a season-best and NCAA B-Cut time of 1:31.50. Albion won with a time of 1:31.26.
Junior Tanner Vincent (Novi, Mich./Novi) notched a second-place finish in the 400-yard individual medley for a NCAA B-Cut time of 4:05.16. Freshman Fear Churchwell (Athens, Ga./Clarke Central) was in sixth place at 4:14.75.
Calvin had two of the three fastest times in the 100-yard butterfly. Jared Britton clocked in at 49.41 to take second place with the third-fastest time in school history. In third place was Brett Stoughton at 49.49, the fourth-fastest time in school history. Both times are NCAA B-Cut times.
Freshman Tim Randall (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian) was the fastest Knight in the 200-yard freestyle at 1:42.26 with the eighth-fastest time in school history. Junior Max DeYoung (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Eastern) was in fifth place at 1:44.31. DeYoung had the 10th-fastest time in school history in the prelims at 1:42.96. Sophomore Nathan Olberding (Noblesville, Ind./Noblesville) was in eighth place at 1:47.08.
In the 100-yard breaststroke, Eli Holstege touched the wall at 58.38 to take third. Sophomore Jacob Lensing (Pella, Iowa/Pella Christian) was in seventh place at 1:00.47, Lensing had the 10th-fastest time in school history in the prelims at 59.91.
Ben Holstege posted the first Calvin victory at the MIAA Championships in the 100-yard backstroke. Holstege touched the wall first at 49.98 with a NCAA B-Cut time. Holstege is the only swimmer is Calvin history to swim under 50 seconds.
The Knights finished the night with junior Michael Moentmann (Solon, Ohio/Solon) finishing in seventh place on the 3-meter boards at 423.80.
The MIAA Championships resume on Saturday for the final day of competition.