GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Calvin men's swimming & diving team opened the three-day Calvin Winter Invitational on Thursday evening. The Knights are in fourth place with 137 points and broke one school record.
"It is an odd start to the meet with how disjointed the start was," said head coach Dan Gelderloos. "With everyone starting at various times of the night. We had some people starting two hours apart in their events. All day long, we had groups going in from start to finish. Our miles, for being eight weeks into the season, I believe we were seven of nine for best times, by chunks of 20, 30, 40 seconds. In the men's relays, all of the splits were good, best 200 times by far. Ben Holstege had a really good split, who dropped a ton of time off his best. The highlight of the night individually was Jared Britton. A time trial in the 100 freestyle set a school record."
Freshman Julian Iturbe (Caracas, Venezuela / Colegio Emil Friedman) opened the action for Calvin in the 1650-yard freestyle in 11th place at 16:47.46. Janne Roovers of Northern Michigan broke the invitational record at 15:43.52.
Sophomore Brian Goins (Rochester Hills, Mich. / Rochester Adams) at recorded a time of 16:37.66 in the B-Finals to finish in 10th place. His time is the eighth-fastest time in school history.
In the 800-yard freestyle relay, the Knights finished in sixth place at Julian Iturbe, junior Ben Holstege (Keswick, Va./Covenant), sophomore Tim Randall (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian) and senior Max DeYoung (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Eastern) finished at 6:52.68.
The evening finished with the 100-yard freestyle time trial. Junior Jared Britton (Falls Church, Va./George Mason) broke the school record with a time of 44.88.
The Knights return to the pool on Friday morning for the second day of the three-day invitational.