Posted: Feb 23, 2018
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The Calvin men's swimming and diving team continues to lead heading into the final day of competition at the MIAA Championships
Through three days of competition, Calvin holds a 50-point lead over defending MIAA champion Albion. The Britons chipped into the Calvin lead on Friday, as the Knights led by 77 points heading into Friday.
Calvin had several outstanding swims on Friday led by senior Tanner Vincent (Novi, Mich./Novi HS) who won the 400 IM with an NCAA III B' cut qualifying time of 4:01.96. The win was the second in as many nights as it came on the heels of a win in the 200 IM Thursday evening.
Vincent led a 1-4-5 Calvin finish in the event as sophomore Fear Churchwell (Athens, Ga./Clarke Central HS) was fourth (4:05.36) and freshman Julian Iturbe (Caracas, Venezula/Colegio Emil Friedman) fifth (4:06.87).
Less than 30 minutes later, Iturbe came back to win the 200 free in clutch fashion, moving from third to first place in the final 25 yards to win with a time of 1:40.61. Sophomore Tim Randall (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) was third in 1:41.90 while senior Max DeYoung (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Eastern HS) was sixth (1:43.90).
In the 100 breaststroke, sophomore Tristan Hazlett (Lutz, Fla./Home Schooled) was fourth (58.65) and sophomore Sam Holstege (Keswick, Va./Covenant HS) fifth (1:00.16).
Junior Ben Holstege (Keswick, Va./Covenant HS) led a 1-2-5-7 Calvin finish in the 100 backstroke. Holstege won the race in a time of 48.99 while senior Skyler Fish (Ionia, Mich./Ionia HS) was second (50.11), freshman Lucas Holcombe (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron HS) fifth (52.16) and freshman Colin Murphy (Troy, Mich./Brother Rice HS) seventh (53.07).
In the 100 fly, junior Jared Britton (Falls Church, Va./George Mason HS) was second with an NCAA III B' cut qualifying time of 49.29 while Olberding was sixth (52.06) and freshman Ryan Gelderloos (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) eighth (52.95). Holcombe won the consolation final with a time of 51.29.
Calvin's 200 medley relay team of Ben Holstege, Sam Holstege, Britton and Fish placed second with an NCAA III B' cut qualifying time of 1:30.20.
"It was a good day," said Calvin head swim coach Dan Gelderloos. "I thought we had a ton of great swims. We will have to come out swinging tomorrow and protect our lead. It's going to be a close finish and we will need to be up to the challenge."
Action continues Saturday morning with prelims at 10 a.m. with evening finals set to begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Venema Aquatic Center.
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