HOLLAND, Mich. - The Calvin men's swimming and diving team has a 33-point lead over Albion after the second day of competition at the MIAA Swimming and Diving Championships at The Holland Aquastic Center.
The Knights took first place in both relay events on Thursday and crowned a pair of individual champions while using solid depth to build its overall lead.
After winning the 800 freestyle relay Wednesday night, Calvin captured the 200 freestyle relay in the opening event Thursday evening. Calvin's relay team of freshman Noah Holstege (Keswick, Va./Covenant), senior Jared Britton (Falls Church, Va./Chesapeake HS), junior Tristan Hazlett (Lutz, Fla./Home Schooled) and freshman Trevor Sparks (Otsego, Mich./Otsego HS) took first place with a pool record time of 1:22.62.
Sophomore Julian Iturbe (Caracas, Venezuela/Colegio Emil Friedman) then raced his way to an MIAA and school record time of 4:29.81 to win the 500 freestyle. The time was an NCAA III B' cut time and breaks the previous MIAA and Calvin record time of 4:30.69 set by Andrew Kasper in 2016. It currently ranks eighth on the NCAA Division III list.
His swim was part of a 50-point burst by the Knights in the event as junior Tim Randall (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) was second (4:37.42), senior Nate Olberding (Noblesville, Ind./Noblesville HS) 10th (4:48.00) and junior Brian Goins (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams HS) 11th (4:49.60).
In the 50 freestyle, Calvin piled up 88 points led by the 1-2 punch of Britton and Noah Holstege with Britton winning with an NCAA III B' cut time of 20.52 and Holstege taking second in an NCAA III B' cut time of 20.60. Sparks was sixth (21.27), Hazlett seventh (21.46) and senior Jacob Lensing (Pella, Ia./Pella Christian HS) eighth (21.50). Senior Skyler Fish (Ionia, Mich./Ionia HS) won the consolation final to place ninth (21.29) while sophomore Colin Murphy (Troy, Mich./Brother Rice HS) was 11th (21.53).
Calvin picked up 58 points in the 200 IM with senior Ben Holstege (Keswick, Va./Covenant HS) taking third with an NCAA III B' cut time of 1:51.53, sophomore Ryan Gelderloos (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) placing sixth (1:56.65) and freshman Bryce Miner (Sunnyvale, Ca./Homestead HS) eighth (1:58.56). Junior Sam Holstege (Keswick, Va./Covenant HS) captured the consolation final to place ninth in a time of 1:57.03. Sophomore Lucas Holcombe (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron HS) was 11th (1:58.10) and junior Gabriel Kirk (Irvine, Ca./University HS) 14th (2:00.85).
Calvin's 400 medley relay team of Ben Holstege, Fish, Britton and Iturbe capped off the evening with a first place and NCAA III B' cut qualifying time of 3:18.55.
"The thing about the relays is that is completely a team thing," said Calvin head swim coach Dan Gelderloos. "It gets everyone involved, allows a few more individuals to shine and gets the team pumped up. Our relays have done a nice job for us so far and have helped build the momentum."
1. Calvin 316, 2. Albion 2. 283, 3. Hope 185, 4. Kalamazoo 156, 5. Olivet 126, 6. Alma 35
Gelderloos also praised the quality and depth of his 50 freestylers Thursday. "We were able to put a little gap on our competition with that event which we were hoping to do," said Gelderloos. "I thought we did all-right in the prelims in the event but we stepped it up another notch tonight which was nice to see."
Calvin now turns its attention to Friday competition with prelims set to start at 10 a.m. and finals slated to begin at 5:30 p.m.