GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Calvin men's swimming & diving team came out strong on the first day of 2018 MIAA Swimming & Diving Championships. The Knights lead with 40 points after the first day.
"If we would've gone that fast and gotten touched out, I could've easily lived with that," said head coach Dan Gelderloos. "Getting the win in a meet that's going to be close is always a good start."
The Knights kicked the meet with a first-place finish in the 800-yard free relay. The team of junior Ben Holstege (Keswick, Va./Covenant), freshman Julian Iturbe (Caracas, Venezuela/Colegio Emil Freidman), sophomore Tim Randall (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian) and senior Max DeYoung (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Eastern) earned the victory with a time of 6:44.69.
"I'm feeling very hype about the meet this week," said Iturbe. "We've been training for this, and we're going to show it this weekend."
Calvin also had strong performances in the men's 50-yard breaststroke exhibition race. Sophomore Sam Holstege (Keswick, Va./Covenant) notched a first-place finish at 26.21, while sophomore Jacob Deysher (Colorado Springs, Colo./Palmer Ridge) took second place at 28.28.
The Knights are back in action tomorrow in day two of the MIAA Swimming and Diving Championships.
Team Rankings - Through Wednesday
1. Calvin College 40
2. Albion College 34
3. Hope College 32
4. Olivet College 28
5. Alma College 26