GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The No. 17 ranked Calvin men's swimming & diving team finished the 2017 Calvin Winter Invitational with a successful Saturday. The Knights finished the three-day Calvin Winter Invitational in third place with 1180.5 points. The Knights defeated teams from NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and the NAIA.
"I am kind of mind blown," said head coach Dan Gelderloos. "I am somewhat speechless; I am just in utter awe of what the team was able to do. It was fun to sit back and watch this unfold. To see their hard work come to fruition. We did some absolutely phenomenal things this weekend."
The Knights started the evening with a record-tying performance in the 200-yard medley relay. The team of junior Ben Holstege (Keswick, Va./Covenant), senior Tanner Vincent (Novi, Mich./Novi), junior Jared Britton (Falls Church, Va./George Mason) and junior Jacob Lensing (Pella, Iowa/Pella Christian) swam a time of 1:30.06. Grand Valley won the race with a pool-record time of 1:28.34.
In the morning session, the Knights finished in third place in the 400-yard freestyle relay. The team of Ben Holstege, freshman Julian Iturbe (Caracas, Venezuela/Colegio Emil Friedman), senior Max DeYoung (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Eastern) and Jared Britton clocked in at 3:01.89.
Freshman Julian Iturbe touched the wall at 4:36.44 in the 500-yard freestyle in sixth place. His time was the fourth-fastest time in school history.
In the 200-yard backstroke, freshman Colin Murphy (Troy, Mich./Brother Rice) was the fastest Knight at 1:59.67 in 12th place.
Jared Briton finished the 100-yard butterfly in fourth place at 49.80.
Sophomore Nick Pecoraro (Chicago, Ill./Nazareth Academy) dropped over three seconds in the 200-yard breaststroke finals on Saturday to finish in 14th place at 2:16.98.
Max DeYoung placed 16th in the 100-yard freestyle at 48.26.
Senior Michael Moentmann (Solon, Ohio/Solon) finished in seventh place on the 1-meter boards.
"We had a very good weekend," said head diving coach Aaron Paskvan. "We had some very good performances. Mike put up some good dives. Overall, we had some new dives, they did well, but we have to work on our consistency."
Tanner Vincent was the fastest Calvin swimmer in the 200-yard individual medley at 1:53.67. His time is the fourth-fastest time in program history.
"I am really proud of what the team has done," said Vincent. "We came into the year unsure of our chances, this year, losing a handful of seniors. I think this weekend showed that we are not to be trifled with."
The Knights will travel to Trinidad at the end of the month.
"I cannot wait to travel with the team," said coach Gelderloos. "It is going to be a great and new experience for us. We hope that it will be one that will be memorable for the student-athletes and enhance their experience here at Calvin."
The Maroon and Gold will return to action on Jan. 13 at Albion.