HOLLAND, Mich. - The Calvin women's swimming and diving team had a strong posting at the MIAA Championships on Thursday night at the Holland Aquatic Center.
Starting the Knights out strong winning the 200 Yard Freestyle Relay was the team of junior Emily Gunderson (Ann Arbor, Mich. / Pioneer), sophomore Hannah Chao (Farmington Hills, Mich. / North Farmington), senior Alyssa Oezer (Grand Rapids, Mich. / Grand Rapids Christian)and senior Anna Serino (Pinckney, Mich. / Pinckney) with a time of 1:34.84 edging out Albion by .07.
Serino claimed a second-place finish in the 500 Yard Freestyle hitting the wall in a time of 5:05.42.
In the 200 Yard IM, Chao finished second recording a time of 2:08.31.
Declaring the first-place finish in the 50 Yard Freestyle was Gunderson with a time of 23.71.
Winning the 3 Meter Diving was sophomore Joselyn Smith (Zeeland, Mich. / Zeeland West) with a score of 431.90. Smith won by just one point having three clutch dives to close out the finals.
Finishing in third-place in the 400 Yard Medley Relay was the team of junior Abbey Wellman (Crown Point, Ind. / Crown Point), junior Anna Kutchke (Manistee, Mich. / Manistee), freshman Valerie Edewaard (Holland, Mich. / Holland Christian), and Serino with a time of 3:54.66.
Head Diving Coach Aaron Paskvan touched on his divers' performances. "It was a good day of performances, both prelims and finals. We have talked a lot about consistency and we did that. Hannabeth was focused and determined. Joselyn did a great job on getting vertical lines with minimal splash. Paige performed great for her first year of diving, ninth place is a good start to her career. Jos and HB push each other to be better divers and great people day in and day out. It's a fun dynamic."
Head Coach Dan Gelderloos stated, "We were probably the favored team coming in, but it's never easy and I think our times are what we were shooting for and will get some of our relays on to the next step at the NCAA Meet."
Calvin continues to lead through day two as the Knights have 326 points, 63 points ahead of Hope heading into Friday.
Action continues Friday with prelims set to begin at 10 a.m. and championship finals slated for 5:30 p.m.
1. Calvin 326, 2. Hope 263, 3. Albion 208, 4. Kalamazoo 174, 5. Olivet 92, 6. Alma 80