GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The 14th-ranked Calvin men's swimming and diving team had a record-breaking weekend at its own Calvin Winter Invitational. The Knights took third in a field filled with Division II schools, producing a final team score of 1,377 points.
Calvin shattered four school records over the three-day meet with junior Julian Iturbe (Caracas, Venezuela/Colegio Emil Friedman) accounting for three of the new marks.
Iturbe established new school records in the 200 freestyle, 400 IM and 100 freestyle during the meet.
On Thursday, Iturbe turned in a split of 1:37.92 in the opening leg of Calvin's 800 freestyle relay. The swim broke his own school record in the 200 freestyle of 1:38.50. In addition, the time currently ranks fourth on the NCAA III performance list. On Friday, he clocked a time of 3:59.60 in the 400 IM prelims, breaking his own Calvin record of 4:01.44. On Saturday, Iturbe broke Jared Britton's record (44.88) in the 100 freestyle, clocking a time of 44.30 to lead off Calvin's 400 freestyle relay. Iturbe's time currently ranks second nationally.
Sophomore Noah Holstege (Keswick, Va./The Covenant School) shattered Britton's record (20.33) in the 50 freestyle Friday morning, clocking a time of 20.20 in the morning prelims. He then took first place in the evening finals with a time of 20.27.
Calvin had a banner weekend in the relays. Its 800 freestyle relay team of Iturbe, 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) took third with a time of 6:43.41 that currently ranks eighth nationally.
Its 400 freestyle relay team of Iturbe, Randall, sophomore Trevor Sparks (Otsego, Mich./Otsego HS) and Heeres took first place on Saturday with a time of 3:01.18 that currently ranks fifth nationally.
Calvin's 200 medley relay team of Noah Holstege, senior Sam Holstege (Keswick, Va./The Covenant School), freshman Julien Camy (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) and Heeres took third in a time of 1:31.29. That time currently ranks 10th nationally. Calvin's 400 medley relay team of Noah Holstege, senior Gabriel Kirk (Irvine, Ca./University HS), Camy and Iturbe took fifth in a time of 3:23.49. The time ranks 15th nationally.
Iturbe also took fifth in the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:51.46, just missing another school record. Senior Brian Goins (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams HS) was eighth in 1:55.24 after clocking a season-best time of 1:54.46 in the prelims.
Heeres took fourth in the 200 freestyle (1:39.88) and eighth in the 50 freestyle (20.99).
In the 100 breaststroke, Kirk took eighth with a season-best time of 57.45 while freshman William Toomey (Runnells, Ia./Southeast Polk HS) was ninth in the 100 backstroke (51.56) and eighth in the 200 backstroke (1:55.47). Toomey had a season-best time of 1:52.99 in the morning prelims. Junior Alex Bergsma (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) took sixth on the three-meter board (369.45) and sixth on the one-meter board (364.35).
Camy was seventh in the 100 butterfly (50.42). He clocked a season-best time of 49.64 in the morning prelims.
COACHES COMMENTS: "It was a great two-and-a-half days," said Calvin head swim coach Dan Gelderloos. "It was what we wanted to script out from the beginning. We wanted best times and we got that at a really high percentage. To see the school records go down at this time of the year was exciting and see us place athletes on the national list is also great to see. It will provide motivation for us as we head into Christmas break training and I think we will be ready to hit the second half of the season strong."