GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The 14th-ranked Calvin men's swimming and diving team picked up a 196-104 dual meet victory over rival Hope Saturday afternoon at the Venema Aquatic Center.
Junior Julian Iturbe (Caracas, Venezuela/Colegio Emil Friedman School) had a big afternoon, winning the 1000 freestyle (9:58.16), 100 freestyle (46.22) and 500 freestyle (4:46.26).
Calvin open the meet by winning the 200 medley relay with the team of sophomore Noah Holstege (Keswick, Va./The Covenant School), senior Sam Holstege (Keswick, Va./The Covenant School), freshman Julien Camy (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) and freshman Jacob Heeres (Zeeland, Mich./Holland Christian HS) taking first place in a time of 1:35.32.
In the 100 backstroke, Calvin took the top three spots led by freshman William Toomey (Runnels, Ia./Southeast Polk HS) in first (53.50), junior Collin Murphy (Troy, Mich./Brother Rice HS) second (55.68) and freshman Josiah Vis (Crestwood, Il./Lockport HS) placing third (56.78).
Toomey also took second in the 200 backstroke (1:59.79) while Murphy was third (2:02.52).
In the 100 breaststroke, senior Tristan Hazlett (Lutz, Fla./Home Schooled) was first (1:00.46) while senior Gabrielle Kirk (Irvine, Ca./University) was third (1:00.97).
In the 200 butterfly, senior Brian Goins (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams HS) took first (1:58.40).
The Knights also went 1-3 in the 100 butterfly with Camy winning in 52.27 while junior Lucas Holcombe (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron HS) was third (54.97).
In the 200 breast, the Knights went 1-3 with Kirk winning (2:15.37) and sophomore Bryce Miner (Sunnyvale, Ca./Homestead HS) placing third (2:02.52). Miner also won the 200 IM (2:01.86) with Kirk third (2:05.37).
Heeres was third in the 100 freestyle (46.94) while senior Tim Randall (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) was third in the 500 free (4:53.44).
Calvin's diving team put up strong points with junior Alex Bergsma (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) winning the three-meter board (237.90) and freshman Jay Cen (Deerfield, Il./Deerfield HS) taking third (145.25). Bergsma was second on the one-meter board (240.35) with Cen third (152.60).
Calvin is now 3-1 in dual meet competition with its only loss coming to Division II Grand Valley State University.
COACHES COMMENT: "This is always a starred meet on our schedule," said Calvin head swim coach Dan Gelderloos. "The big rivalry gives both teams the ability to perform at a high level and that is what we had this afternoon. It was a great way to close out the fall and enjoy the rest over Thanksgiving."