GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Calvin men's swimming & diving team recorded two victories with a split squad on Saturday. At home, the Knights defeated Alma, 149-42, winning all 11 events. In Indiana, the Knights were in a tri-meet with No. 18 DePauw and host Franklin. Calvin fell to DePauw 160-134 and defeated Franklin, 174-124. At Franklin, the Knights won seven of the 16 events.
"We split up trying to get everyone the races that they needed," said head coach Dan Gelderloos. "The team that stayed at Calvin was very enthusiastic, which made me very proud. We came to Indiana for some tough racing during a tough month to race and I feel that we came away battle tested and got some valuable racing that we will use to sharpen our skills. Not all of the races went our way and I am fine with that because of the way we raced."
The Knights started the meet with a victory over Alma in the 200-yard medley relay. The team of freshman Colin Murphy (Troy, Mich./Brother Rice), sophomore Gabriel Kirk (Irvine, Calif./University), senior Steven Tarske (Pinckney, Mich./Pinckney) and sophomore Jacob Deysher (Colorado Springs, Colo./Palmer Ridge) won at 1:42.94.
Sophomore Brian Goins (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams) notched a first-place finish in the 1000-yard freestyle at 10:31.37. He also won the 500-yard freestyle at 5:12.65.
In the 300-yard freestyle, sophomore Luke Herman (Waterford, Wis./Burlington) won with a time of 1:54.88.
Junior Skyler Fish (Ionia, Mich./Ionia) had a successful 50-yard freestyle, winning at 22.05. He also won the 100-yard freestyle at 48.51 and the 100-yard breaststroke at 1:02.95.
Steven Tarske kept the winning wave going in the 200-yard individual medley at 2:09.61.
Luke Herman touched the wall first in the 100-yard butterfly at 57.76.
Colin Murphy backed his way into a first-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke at 57.16.
Calvin closed the afternoon with a victory in the 200-yard freestyle relay. The team of freshman Sam Norman (Fulton, Ill./Fulton), Luke Herman, sophomore James Kempa (Granger, Ind./Penn) and Colin Murphy won at 1:31.83.
At Franklin, the first Calvin victory came in the 200-yard medley relay. The team of junior Ben Holstege (Keswick, Va./Covenant), sophomore Sam Holstege (Keswick, Va./Covenant), junior Jared Britton (Falls Church, Va./George Mason) and junior Jacob Lensing (Pella, Iowa/Pella Christian) finished at 1:35.17.
Freshman Julian Iturbe (Caracas, Venezuela/Colegio Emil Friedman) finished second in the 200-yard freestyle at 1:45.86. He also had a second-place finishes in the 500-yard freestyle at 4:49.42 and 400-yard individual medley at 4:21.22.
In the 100-yard backstroke, Ben Holstege touched the wall first at 51.94. He also earned the victory in the 100-yard freestyle at 47.09
Senior Tanner Vincent (Novi, Mich./Novi) was victorious in the 200-yard butterfly at 1:59.16.
The Knights had a 1-2 punch on the 3-meter board. Senior Michael Moentmann (Solon, Ohio/Solon) led the pack at 286.30. In second place was freshman Alex Bergsma (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian) at 232.30 points. Moentmann also won the 1-meter event at 249.10
Jared Britton brought home the victory in the 100-yard butterfly at 52.67.
The Knights closed the day with a second-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay. The team of Ben Holstege, senior Max DeYoung (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Eastern), Jacob Lensing and Jared Britton finished at 1:26.17.
The Knights return to action on Saturday at Kalamazoo.