Calvin Women's Swimming and Diving Has Strong Day Two at Calvin Winter Invite

Calvin Women's Swimming and Diving Has Strong Day Two at Calvin Winter Invite

The Calvin women's swimming and diving team had a strong second day of competition at its own Calvin Winter Invitational. The Knights currently sit in third place in the team standings with 793 points.

In the morning prelims, sophomore Hannah Chao (Farmington Hills, Mich./North Farmington HS) broke her own school record in the 100 backstroke, clocking a time of 56.61, breaking her previous record of 57.31 set last winter. In the evening finals, Chao took fourth in a time of 57.38. She was one of three Calvin swimmers to finish in the top eight. Junior Abbey Wellman (Crown Point, Ind./Crown Point HS) was fifth (57.82) while junior Emily Gunderson (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer HS) was sixth (57.86).

Senior Anna Serino (Pinckney, Mich./Pinckney HS) had a sterling performance in the 200 freestyle, taking second with a time of 1:53.06. Senior Madelyn Smith (Allegan, Mich./Allegan HS) also finished in the top eight, placing eighth with a time of 1:57.43.

In the 50 freestyle, senior Alyssa Oezer (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) was seventh in a time of 24.62.

Calvin's 200 freestyle relay team of Chao, Gunderson, Alyssa Oezer and Serino took third in a time of 1:34.88. Calvin's 400 medley relay team of Chao, freshman Samantha Sonday (Portage, Mich./Portage Central HS), freshman Anna Weber (North Royalton, Oh./North Royalton HS) was sixth in a season-best time of 3:58.02.

In the one-meter diving competition, Calvin sophomore Joselyn Smith (Zeeland, Mich./Zeeland West HS) was fifth (368.35) while sophomore Hannabeth Magnussen (Oakdale, Ca./Ripon Christian HS) was sixth (364.95) and freshman Paige Lynch (Ionia, Mich./Ionia HS) was 15th (206.95).

"We really got things going in the 800 freestyle relay last night as well as in the mile (1,650 freestyle)," said Calvin head swim coach Dan Gelderloos. "We carried that momentum into the prelims Friday and into the evening finals. We had a lot of individuals pumping their fists in celebration. Our goal at this meet is to have 100 percent of our team hit season-bests and 50 percent hit career-bests. We have had 75 percent of our swimmers hit career-bests which is an amazing statistic. We wanted our swimmers to be willing to go out and take a risk in their races and feeling safe within the support of the team. I thought we did a good job of following that plan."

Action continues on Saturday with morning prelims set for 10 a.m. and evening finals slated to start at 6 p.m.