Men’s Swimming & Diving Posts an All-American Friday at NCAA Championships

Men’s Swimming & Diving Posts an All-American Friday at NCAA Championships

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Calvin men's swimming & diving team scored in three events on Friday at the NCAA Division III Men's Swimming & Diving Championships. The Knights are in 20th place after three days with 32 points.

"I am proud of this team for continuing to step into the ring each day," said head coach Dan Gelderloos. "We are accumulating more scoring swims than last year and we are close to having everyone score. I know we will get up tomorrow morning and sprint to the finish."

Junior Ben Holstege (Keswick, Va./Covenant) earned All-American honors in the 100-yard backstroke on Friday. He finished the finals with a time of 48.66 in fifth place.

Junior Skyler Fish (Ionia, Mich./Ionia) finished in 21st place in the 100-yard backstroke at 50.04.

Senior Michael Moentmann (Solon, Ohio/Solon) scored at the NCAA Championships for the first time in his career on Friday. Moentmann finished 15th in the 1-meter event with 422.75 points.

"I can not say enough about Michael," said head diving coach Aaron Paskvan. "He's been a joy to work with for four years. Today, his performances were rock solid in a very tight competition and we are very proud of him."

In the 800-yard freestyle relay, the team of freshman Julian Iturbe (Caracas, Venezuela/Colegio Emil Friedman), Ben Holstege, senior Tanner Vincent (Novi, Mich./Novi) and senior Max DeYoung (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Eastern) finished 17th at 6:49.53.

The Knights finish the season on Saturday for the final day of the championships.