GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The No. 17 ranked Calvin men's swimming & diving improved to 2-2 on the year and 2-0 against NCAA Division III schools. The Knights sank MIAA-foe Olivet, 197-70. Calvin recorded 14 victories on Saturday.
"It was a good weekend for us, I thought that we net our goals today," said head coach Dan Gelderloos. "We were trying to be thankful and celebrate eight weeks. We have had a really healthy eight weeks. We can probably rattle off 10 other things that went in our favor these eight weeks. We wanted to put our stamp on that and limit the distractions. We knew coming in, this is no offense to Olivet that the atmosphere was going to be low and we wanted to hold ourselves to it and stay in it as much as possible and I think we did for the most part. Finally, we wanted to try to give thanks towards our teammates and towards the way we prepare and towards the way we raced and put an emphasis on giving thanks."
The Knights started the day with a victory in the 200-yard medley relay. The team of sophomore Sam Holstege (Keswick, Va./Covenant), sophomore Gabriel Kirk (Irvine, Calif./University), freshman Curtis DeZwaan (Hamilton, Mich./Holland Christian) and sophomore Jacob Deysher (Colorado Springs, Colo./Palmer Ridge) won with a time of 1:43.97.
In the 200-yard freestyle, junior Ben Holstege (Keswick, Va./Covenant) won at 1:46.58. He also won the 50-yard freestyle at 22.08 and reigned supreme on Saturday in the 500-yard freestyle at 5:10.57.
Freshman Levi Nelesen (Zeeland, Mich,/Holland Christian) was the fastest swimmer in the 100-yard backstroke at 56.89.
Sophomore Nick Pecoraro (Chicago, Ill./Nazareth Academy) won the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:05.81. His second victory of the day came in the 200-yard breaststroke, where he clocked in a time of 2:26.64.
Freshman Ryan Gelderloos (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian) joined in on the winning wave with a winning time of 2:14.19 in the 200-yard butterfly.
Senior Michael Moentmann (Solon, Ohio/Solon) won both diving events on Saturday. He won the 3-meter at 293.03 points and the 1-meter at 291.15.
In the 200-yard I.M., junior Jacob Lensing (Pella, Iowa/Pella Christian) recorded a winning time of 2:09.28.
The Maroon and Gold also won the 200-yard backstroke with freshman Lucas Holcombe (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) at 2:07.84.
Junior Jared Britton (Falls Church, Va./George Mason) was four seconds faster than the rest of the competition in the 100-yard butterfly, winning at 53.24.
The Knights closed the day with a first-place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay. The team of senior John Kutschke (Manistee, Mich./Manistee), freshman Ryan Ruba (Ludington, Mich./Ludington), Nick Pecoraro and Levi Nelesen won at 3:24.43.
The Knights will rest and enjoy Thanksgiving and return to action on Nov. 30 for the three-day Knight Invite.