HOLLAND, Mich. - The Calvin men's swimming and diving team opened the MIAA Championships in record-setting fashion Wednesday night at the Holland Aquatic Center.
The Calvin 800 freestyle relay team of senior Ben Holstege (Keswick, Va./Covenant HS), sophomore Julian Iturbe (Caracas, Venezuela/Colegio Emil Friedman), sophomore Ryan Gelderloos (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) and junior Tim Randall (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) cruised to a first place time of 6:42.94.
The time broke the previous Calvin and MIAA record of 6:43.04 set by its 2016 quartet. The time is a strong NCAA III B' cut qualifying time that places the relay in the top eight in Division III heading into the weekend. It also gave Calvin an early lead in the team standings as the Knights have 40 points heading into the final three days of competition.
"It was a great start to the meet," said Calvin head swim coach Dan Gelderloos. "The two stars of the relay were now who you would expect. Our two big dogs - Ben and Julian - did what they normally do but Ryan and Tim both dropped over a second off of their best times which was unbelievable."
Action continues with prelims on Thursday morning at 10 a.m.