GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Calvin junior Julian Iturbe had a birthday to remember on Thursday night at the Venema Aquatic Center.
The Calvin junior celebrated his 20th birthday with a school record in the 200 freestyle while aiding Calvin's 800 freestyle relay team to a nationally-ranked team.
Iturbe (Caracas, Venezuela/Colegio Emil Friedman School) led off Calvin's 800 freestyle relay with a 200 freestyle split time of 1:37.92, shattering his own school record time of 1:38.50. His time in the 200 freestyle is the top time in Division III this season. Iturbe led off a Calvin relay that included junior Ryan Gelderloos (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS), senior Tim Randall (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) and freshman Jacob Heeres (Zeeland, Mich./Holland Christian HS). Competing in a field of Division II opponents, Calvin's relay placed third with a season-best time of 6:43.41. The time currently ranks third nationally in Division III men's swimming.
The Knights also piled up points in the 1,650 freestyle led by freshman Caleb Terschak (Wildwood, Mo./Westminster Christian Academy) who placed ninth with a season-best time of 16:45.22 Terschak was part of a Calvin contingent that placed 9-13.
Through two events, Calvin sits in second place in the team scoring with 201 points, 41 points behind Division II Grand Valley State.
COACHES COMMENT: "Julian's race was as pretty as it can get," said Calvin head swim coach Dan Gelderloos. "He told me that he's been feeling really calm in races and I told him it's because of the work he's been putting in practice every day. He's putting it all together at the right time. On his birthday - it doesn't get much better than that. Overall I'm extremely pleased. We had time drops all over the place. It was a great start to the meet. Love seeing our athletes support one another."
NEXT UP: Action continues with Friday morning prelims at 10 a.m. followed by evening finals at 6 p.m.