Women’s Swimming & Diving Finishes 12th at NCAA Championships

Women’s Swimming & Diving Finishes 12th at NCAA Championships

SHENANDOAH, Texas – The Calvin women's swimming & diving team finished the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships on Saturday night. Calvin finished in 12th place with 92.5 points. The Knights scored on all four days of the championships. Emory claimed the title with 645.5 points. The 12th place finish is the highest finish for Calvin since 2009, when the Knights finished in seventh place with 171 points.

"I am very proud to coach this group," said head coach Dan Gelderloos. "They worked hard for each other, for their team and for Calvin. We had many highs and lows and in time it will provide us with lessons to motivate many future Calvin swimmers and divers."

Junior Abby Van Harn (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian) claimed All-America honors in the 100-yard freestyle, finishing in a three-way tie for third place at 50.38. Van Harn broke her own school record in the prelims at 50.19.

"I am really proud of everyone and all they've done this week," said Van Harn. "Everyone had such good attitudes and really gave it their all. On the women's side, I am happy with how things went down. It was so much fun to see records go down and people continue to lower their personal bests. What's even more exciting is that all of us will be returning next year and will be more motivated than ever to improve."

The 400-yard freestyle relay team claimed All-America honorable mention honors on Saturday. The team of sophomore Madelyn Smith (Allegan, Mich./Allegan), junior Rachel Mattson (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron), sophomore Anna Serino (Pinckney, Mich./Pinckney), and Abby Van Harn clocked in a school-record time of 3:26.95 in the prelims. They would break the school again in the final at 3:26.74, placing 13th.

The Knights finish the year with a record of 6-5 and claimed the MIAA title for the 13th straight year.