HOLLAND, Mich. – The Knights started the four-day MIAA Championships with a victory in the 800-yard freestyle relay. Calvin sits in first place with 40 points after Wednesday night.
"The women got off to a great start with our first W," said head coach Dan Gelderloos. "We talked about how we didn't see anything flashy, but a lot of solid swims, we got the nerves out and will get better as we go."
The team of sophomore Madelyn Smith (Allegan, Mich./Allegan), sophomore Anna Serino (Pinckney, Mich./Pinckney), sophomore Kendall Murphy (Modesto, Calif./home school), and junior Abby Van Harn (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian) won the 800-yard freestyle with a time of 7:31.58. The time was the fastest-Calvin time of the year and is a NCAA B-Cut time. Hope was in second place with a school-record time of 7:39.15.
Hope is in second place at 34 points and in third place is Kalamazoo at 32 points.
The Knights return to action on Thursday for day-two of the MIAA Championships at the Holland Aquatic Center.