Posted: Feb 22, 2018
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The Calvin men's swimming and diving team continued to ride a tidal wave of momentum in building its first place lead on day two of the MIAA Championships at the Venema Aquatic Center.
Paced by five event victories as well as plenty of supporting depth Thursday, Calvin has a first place score of 346 points, 77 points ahead of defending MIAA champion Albion College.
Calvin won both the 200 freestyle and 400 medley relays in NCAA III B' Cut qualifying times.
Junior Ben Holstege (Keswick, Va./Covenant HS) led off both relays in strong fashion. In the 200 freestyle relay, he clocked a time of 20.69 and was followed by freshman Julian Iturbe (Caracas, Venezuela/Colegio Emil Friedman), junior Skyler Fish (Ionia, Mich./Ionia HS) and junior Jared Britton (Falls Church, Va./George Mason HS). The quartet clocked in with an NCAA III B' cut qualifying time of 1:21.91 to set a new Calvin record.
The Knights then posted a NCAA III B' cut qualifying time of 3:20.28 to win the 400 medley relay, holding off a furious charge by Albion down the stretch. Ben Holstege led off the relay with an NCAA III B' cut and Calvin record time of 48.64. Senior Tanner Vincent (Novi, Mich./Novi HS) followed with the breaststroke leg, Britton swam the butterfly leg and Iturbe brought home the victory with the freestyle leg.
Ben Holstege led a 1-2-3 Calvin finish in the 50 freestyle, winning with an NCAA III B' Cut qualifying time of 20.64 with Brittton second (20.76) and Fish third (21.12). Sophomore Tristan Hazlett (Lutz, Fla./Home Schooled) was seventh (21.41). Freshman Colin Murphy (Troy, Mich./Brother Rice HS) also won the consolation final with a time of 21.65.
Vincent claimed a dramatic win in the 200 IM with an NCAA III B' cut qualifying time of 1:51.96, holding off Hope's Dan Clyde who came in at 1:52.51. Sophomore Fear Churchwell (Athens, Ga./Clarke Central HS) took fifth (1:53.83). Freshman Ryan Gelderloos (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) won the consolation final with a time of 1:58.05.
In the 500 freestyle, Calvin took four of the top eight spots led by Iturbue who won the race with an NCAA III B' cut qualifying time of 4:31.87 with sophomore Tim Randall (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) second in 4:38.04. Sophomore Brian Goins (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams HS) was sixth (4:49.15) and senior Max DeYoung (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Eastern HS) was seventh (4:53.81).
Calvin also racked up points in the men's one-meter diving competition as senior Michael Moentman (Solon, Oh./Solon HS) was second (460.20) and freshman Alex Bergsma (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) eighth (380.50).
"I'm very proud of our divers," said Calvin diving coach Aaron Paskvan. "I thought we had some good runs on our list and some good entries into the water. In our group meeting before tonight, we talked about having faith in the skills we have developed in training. I was very pleased with the way our men competed."
Calvin head swim coach Dan Gelderloos was also pleased with the overall performance of the men's team. "I thought our morning (prelims) session was strong and got us to where we needed to be tonight," said Gelderloos. "In the finals tonight, I don't think we could have done much better. I realistically think we got every single tenth of a second we could out of our team. That's a testament to the platform we build with our team. They are very comfortable because they know each other well. They love to work hard. They have their goals in a great perspective and they place value in the right things."
The MIAA Swimming and Diving Championships continue on Friday morning with prelims set to begin at 10 a.m.
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