HOLLAND, Mich. – The Calvin women's swimming & diving team leads after the second day of the four-day MIAA Championships at the Holland Community Aquatic Center. The Knights won four events on Thursday and have a two-day total of 332 points; Hope is in second place at 235 points.
"It's always nice to have things going early in the week," said head coach Dan Gelderloos. "The women have five event wins right now. I am not a big stat guy, but we were able to score over 100 points tonight in the 50 freestyle. They are swimming well up and down."
Calvin started the day with a victory in the 200-yard freestyle relay. The team of freshman Emily Gunderson (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer), junior Abby Van Harn (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian), freshman Anna Kutschke (Manistee, Mich./Manistee), and junior Rachel Mattson (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) won with a NCAA B-Cut time of 1:34.64.
Sophomore Anna Serino (Pinckney, Mich./Pinckney) kept the winning ways going in the 500-yard freestyle. Serino touched the wall first with a season-best time of 5:04.54, holding off Elizabeth Fris of Hope. Sophomore Kendall Murphy (Modesto, Calif./home school) recorded a third-place finish at 5:09.86. Murphy recorded the fifth-fastest time in school history in the prelims at 5:07.86. Sophomore Madelyn Smith (Allegan, Mich./Allegan) dropped 3.61 seconds from the prelims to take fifth place at 5:11.62. Freshman Libby Engle (Troy, Mich./Troy) scored points for Calvin with an eighth-place time of 5:19.81.
Freshman Emily Slenk (Zeeland, Mich./Holland Christian) was the fastest Knight in the 200-yard individual medley finals. Slenk clocked in a time of 2:14.71. Junior Klara Oh (Kent, Wash./home school) checked in at 2:16.70 to take seventh place.
Abby Van Harn recorded the third Calvin victory of the night. Van Harn had a season-best time and NCAA B-Cut time of 23.48 to edge Tristyn Edsall of Kalamazoo. Emily Gunderson finished in third place at 23.95, the eighth-fastest time in school history. In fourth place was Rachel Mattson at 24.48. Sophomore Alyssa Oezer (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian) touched the wall at 24.60 to finish in seventh place and senior Adrienne Wesselius (Sioux Center, Iowa/Unity Christian) was in eighth place at 24.73.
"We had some really good swims on the women's side," said Van Harn. "I feel good after my swims. I am excited for the rest of the week."
Junior Sarah Bradley (Wheaton, Ill./Wheaton North) owned the 3-meter boards on Thursday. Bradley won with a score of 459.35. Sophomore Amelia Andrilenas (Kirkland, Wash./Juanita) was in fifth place at 337.35.
"Sarah did a great job," said Calvin diving coach Aaron Paskvan. "Millie had a great run of her dives tonight. Sarah, I could not be more proud. We have talked all year putting the list together, getting them up and down. She had a good run tonight with a season-best for her."
The Knights closed the night with a fourth-place finish in the 400-yard medley relay. The team of freshman Abbey Wellman (Crown Point, Ind./Crown Point), Klara Oh, Emily Gunderson, and Anna Serino clocked in at 3:39.29.
The Knights return to the pool on Friday morning for day three of the MIAA Championships.