GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The Calvin men's swimming and diving team moved into a first place lead through day one of its own Calvin Quad Invitational with Albion, Carthage and Ohio Northern.
The Knights have a first day total of 329 points with Carthage second with 279 points, Albion third with 185 and Ohio Northern fourth with 144.
Calvin opened the competition by winning the 200 freestyle relay in a season-best time of 1:24.20. The relay consisted of sophomore Noah Holstege (Keswick, Va./The Covenant School), freshman Jacob Heeres (Zeeland, Mich./Holland Christian HS), sophomore Trevor Sparks (Otsego, Mich./Otsego HS) and junior Julian Iturbe (Caracas, Venezuela/Colegio Emil Friedman). The time currently ranks fifth nationally.
The Knights then took the top three spots in the 500 freestyle with Iturbe winning in 4:42.52, senior Tim Randall (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) taking second (4:53.31) and senior Brian Goins (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams HS) taking third in 4:55.19.
Calvin used a 1-2 finish in the 50 freestyle with Noah Holstege winning in a season-best time of 21.03 while Heeres was second (21.69).
Calvin's 400 medley relay team of freshman William Toomey (Runnells, Ia./Southeast Polk), senior Sam Holstege (Keswick, Va./The Covenant School), freshman Julien Camy (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) and Iturbe took third in a time of 3:34.22.
COACHES COMMENT: "We had several season-best times and I loved the way our men's team competed," said Calvin head swim coach Dan Gelderloos. "They are using what they are learning in practice in competition and the results are showing."
NEXT UP: Action continues on Saturday with the second session set for 10 a.m. and the third and final session of the quad set to begin at 6 p.m.