GREENSBORO, N.C. - Calvin senior Ben Holstege came up with a record-setting performance in claiming All-America honors in the 100 backstroke Friday night at the NCAA III Championships.
Holstege (Keswick, Va./Covenant HS) took fourth in the race with a school-record time of 47.82, breaking his previous record of 47.98. It marks the second straight year Holstege has claimed All-America honors in the event as he placed fifth in the race a year ago (48.66).
Calvin also gained points in the 800 freestyle relay as its squad of junior Tim Randall (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS), sophomore Julian Iturbe (Caracas, Venezuela/Emil Friedman), sophomore Ryan Gelderloos (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) and senior Skyler Fish (Ionia/Ionia HS) placed 15th in a time of 6:48.10 for an honorable mention All-America performance.
"Ben was awesome tonight," said Calvin head swimming and diving coach Dan Gelderloos. "To finish out his career in that event wth the highest finish of his career with a school record is not easy to do. I've very proud of him. In our 800 relay, Skyler Fish has a career-best split which was also awesome to see. We're looking forward to our final day in the pool."
Heading into the final day of action, Calvin is in 12th place in the team standings with a score of 90 points.
Action concludes on Saturday with prelims set for a 10 a.m. start and the championship finals slated to start at 6 p.m.