Women’s Swimming & Diving Starts NCAA Championships in Record-Breaking Fashion

Women’s Swimming & Diving Starts NCAA Championships in Record-Breaking Fashion

SHENANDOAH, Texas - The Knights posted a record-breaking day at the NCAA Division III Women's Swimming & Diving Championships. Calvin had two individuals score points on Wednesday. Calvin is in 13th place with 21 points. Emory leads with 137 points.

"We had a really good start today," said head coach Dan Gelderloos. "We came out really sharp with some good top end speed which is exciting. Abby goes top-eight in the 50 and that was great for her; she keeps finding a way to go lower which is impressive. Sarah had the best finish on any board with a 10th-place finish."

Junior Abby Van Harn (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian) shattered the school record in the 50-yard freestyle in the prelims. Van Harn clocked in a fourth-place finish at 23.15. The previous school record was set in 2006, by Becky Weima at 23.30. Van Harn had the second-fastest time in Calvin program history at 23.43. Van Harn took fifth place in the finals at 23.30.

Junior Sarah Bradley (Wheaton, Ill./Wheaton North) recorded a 10th-place finish on the 3-meter boards. Bradley was in 13th place after prelims at 404.25. She jumped three spots in the finals to finish at 430.60 points.

"Sarah was strong and courageous today," said diving coach Aaron Paskvan. "I am very happy that she finished strong. At this meet, you have to manage your emotional level as much as you manage the technique side. I am very proud and am looking forward to Friday."

The Calvin women finished in 22nd place in the 200-yard medley relay on Wednesday. The team of sophomore Madelyn Smith (Allegan, Mich./Allegan), freshman Anna Kutschke (Manistee, Mich./Manistee) , sophomore Anna Serino (Pinckney, Mich./Pinckney) and freshman Emily Gunderson (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) clocked in a time of 1:47.40.

The Knights return to the pool on Thursday for the second day of the four-day championships.