Calvin Men's Swim Team Shatters Records at Calvin Winter Invitational

Calvin Men's Swim Team Shatters Records at Calvin Winter Invitational

The Calvin men's swimming and diving team had a record-setting Friday in building a third place total of 653 points at its own Calvin Winter Invitational.

Calvin's record-setting performances began on Thursday night in the opening leg of the 800 freestyle relay as sophomore Julian Iturbe (Caracas, Venezuela/Colegio Emil Friedman) clocked a time of 1:38.50, shattering the previous record of 1:39.45 set by Brandon Muma in 2015. Iturbe then shattered the Calvin record in the 400 IM, taking second with a time of 4:01.44 Friday evening. His time broke the previous school record of 4:01.45 set by Caleb Meindertsma in 2014.

In the morning prelims of the 100 backstroke on Friday, senior Ben Holstege (Keswick, Va./Covenant HS) eclipsed his own record in the 100 backstroke with a time of 47.98, breaking his mark of 48.64 set last year. In the evening finals, Holstege took fourth with a time of 48.15.

Also in the morning prelims, senior Jared Britton (Falls Church, Va./Chesapeake HS) broke his own record in the 50 freestyle, clocking in with a time of 20.16 with the previous record standing at 20.33. In the evening finals, Britton was sixth in a time of 20.91.

Calvin's 200 freestyle relay team of Ben Holstege, freshman Noah Holstege (Keswick, Va./Covenant HS), Britton and Iturbue took second in a school record time of 1:21.62. The previous school record was 1:21.91 set last winter.

Calvin's 400 medley relay team of Ben Holstege, junior Fear Churchwell (Athens, Va./Clarke Central HS), Britton and Iturbue took third in a time of 3:19.83, just missing the school record of 3:18.43 set in 2016.

Other top eight individual finishes for Calvin on Friday included senior Skyler Fish (Ionia, Mich./Ionia HS) with an eighth place finish in the 100 backstroke (51.62) and Noah Holstege with a fifth place time of 20.77 in the 50 freestyle.

Calvin currently sits in third place in the team standings with 653 points.

"Last night I thought we flexed our muscles in the 800 relay and that got the momentum rolling for our team," said Calvin head swim coach Dan Gelderloos. "We carried that momentum into the morning session today. I think it was probably the best morning session we have had as a team since we have started this invitational. 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.