Calvin Men's Swimming and Diving Produced Record-Setting Night at MIAA Relays

Calvin Men's Swimming and Diving Produced Record-Setting Night at MIAA Relays
MIAA RELAYS DIVING RESULTS

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The Calvin men's swimming and diving team produced a banner night of performances at the MIAA Relays Friday evening inside the Venema Aquatic Center. Friday's competition was unscored but featured all six MIAA schools that sponsor men's and women's swimming and diving.
 
Calvin took first in seven of a possible nine swimming events and set five MIAA Relays records in the process.

The annual MIAA Relays featured a handful of traditional relay events as well as several non-traditional relays.

Calvin opened the meet with a bang as the relay of junior Ben Holstege (Keswick, Va./Covenant HS), sophomore Sam Holstege (Keswick, Va./Covenant HS), junior Jared Britton (Falls Church, Va./George Mason HS) and junior Jacob Lensing (Pella, Ia./Pella Christian HS) took first place with an MIAA Relays record time of 1:34.98. The time surpassed the previous record of 1:35.21 set by Calvin last year. It also ranks as the eighth-fastest time this season in Division III men's swimming.

Calvin's quartet of freshman Lucas Holcombe (Ann Arbor, Mich./Ann Arbor Huron HS), Ben Holstege, junior Skyler Fish (Ionia, Mich./Ionia HS) and freshman Julian Iturbe (Caracas, Venezuela/Colegio Emil Friedman) followed with a first place swim in the 200 backstroke relay with an MIAA Relays record time of 1:36.52. The time surpassed the previous record of 1:37.03 set by Albion last year.

Calvin's 200 breaststroke relay of sophomore Fear Churchwell (Athens, Ga./Clarke Central HS), sophomore Nick Pecoraro (Chicago, Il./Nazareth Academy), Lensing and Sam Holstege took first in a time of 1:52.18.

The Knights followed with  a win in the 500 progressive freestyle relay with Lensing, Britton, senior Max DeYoung (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Eastern HS) and Iturbue clocking in with an MIAA Relays record time of 4:11.75, eclipsing the previous record of 4:12.88 set by Calvin in 2015.

Calvin's 1500 freestyle relay of sophomore Tim Randall (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS), Iturbe and senior Tanner Vincent (Novi, Mich./Novi HS) took first in a time of 15:52.55, just missing the MIAA Relays record of 14:52.40.

In the 4x100 individual medley relay, Churchwell, Vincent, Ben Holstege and Iturbue crused to a win with an MIAA Relays record time of 3:39.49. The previous record was 3:39.85 set by Albion in 2015.

Calvin's 200 freestyle relay of Lensing, Iturbe, DeYoung and Britton won gold with an MIAA Relays record time of 1:26.22. The previous record was 1:26.97 set by Albion in 2013. Calvin's winning time currently ranks ninth in Division III men's swimming this year.

The Knights placed second in the 200 butterfly relay with a time of 1:35.85. The relay consisted of junior Nathan Olberding (Noblesville, Ind./Noblesville HS), freshman Ryan Gelderloos (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS), Holcombe and Britton.

Calvin also competed in the mixed 200 medley relay as the co-ed team of Ben Holstege, Lensing, freshman Jenna Oezer (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) and senior Abby Van Harn (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) took second with a time of 1:40.81, finishing three-hundreths of a second behind the winning team from Albion.

The MIAA Relays also featured mixed diving competition. In the one-meter diving competition, Calvin helped produce two of the top three scores. Freshman Alex Bergsma (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) combined with Hope's Kyle Weck to place second on the one-meter board (194.10) while senior Michael Moentmann (Solon, Oh./Solon HS) and Colin Grogan of Kalamazoo took third (192.20).
 
On the three-meter board senior Sarah Bradley (Wheaton, Il./Wheaton North HS) and Kevin Franz of Hope took second (228.90). Moentmann and Grogan were third with a score of 208.70).

"We came out swinging," said Calvin head swim coach Dan Gelderloos. "It's great to see early-season speed. That's something we take pride in. We had good energy, good team energy and good performances. Overall it was just a win-win night for us."
 
Calvin returns to action next Friday and Saturday when it hosts a quadrangular with Albion, Carthage and Ohio Northern at the Venema Aquatic Center.