Calvin Men's Swimming and Diving Captures First Place at Own Calvin Quad Invitational

Calvin Men's Swimming and Diving Captures First Place at Own Calvin Quad Invitational

Calvin captured first place at its own Calvin Quad Invitational. Saturday action included a morning session and a late afternoon session as team from Albion, Calvin, Carthage and Ohio Northern swam in championship schedule events.

Over the two-day, three-session event, Calvin piled up 1,258.5 points with Carthage second (813.5), Albion third (693) and Ohio Northern fourth (626).

Junior Julian Iturbe (Caracas, Venezuela/Colegio Emil Friedman) took first in the 400 IM (4:12.55) and 100 freestyle (46.82). He led a 1-2-3-4-5 Calvin finish in the 100 free with freshman Jacob Heeres (Zeeland, Mich./Holland Christian HS) taking second (47.05), sophomore Noah Holstege (Keswick, Va./The Covenant School) third (47.86) senior Tim Randall (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) fourth (48.18) and sophomore Trevor Sparks (Otsego, Mich./Otsego Hs) fifth (48.37).

Calvin swept the top three spots in the 200 freestyle with Heeres taking first (1:45.38), Randall second (1:46.85) and Sparks third (1:47.83).

Freshman William Toomey (Runnells, Ia./Southeast Polk HS) claimed victory in the 200 backstroke (2:01.53) and was part of a 1-2 Calvin finish in the 100 backstroke with Noah Holstege winning the race in 53.03 and Toomey second (54.01).

In the 1650 freestyle, freshman Caleb Terschak (Wildwood, Mo./Westminster Christian Academy) powered his way home to a first place time of 17:40.18.

Freshman Julien Camy (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) was second in the 100 butterfly (52.39). Senior Brian Goins (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams HS) was second in the 200 butterfly (1:57.30).

In the diving competition, junior Alex Bergsma (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) piled up points, taking second on the three-meter board (338.90) and third on the one-meter board (345.10).

Calvin sparkled in the relay events. Calvin's 200 medley relay of Noah Holstege, senior Sam Holstege (Keswick, Va./The Covenant School), Camy and Heeres took first place in a time of 1:35.13.

Calvin's 800 freestyle relay of freshman Levi VanAst (Zeeland, Mich./Holland Christian HS), Iturbe, Heeres and Randall took first place in a time of 7:05.27. The time currently ranks fourth nationally.

Calvin's 400 freestyle relay team of Iturbe, Heeres, Noah Holstege and Randall took first in a time of 3:08.02. The time ranks eighth nationally.

COACHES COMMENT: "It was a great weekend of competition for us, coming away with three sessions of racing and diving in little over 24 hours," said Calvin head swim coach Dan Gelderloos. "This will be great for our preparation for our mid-season invitational in four weeks. We accomplished all of our goals by riding the roller coaster of ups and downs of multiple sessions. We lead by talking to each other and not about each other. We challenged oursevels by being willing to look at things in news eyes."

NEXT UP: Calvin will travel to Kalamazoo on Saturday for a dual meet scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.