HOLLAND, Mich. - The Calvin women's swimming and diving team holds a 37-point lead over rival Hope heading into the final day of competition at the MIAA Championships.
Bidding for their 15th consecutive league title, The Knights have a first place total of 561 points with Hope second with 524.
Calvin had just one event champion on Friday but flashed strong depth throughout the evening to remain on top of the point standings.
Senior Anna Serino (Pinckney, Mich./Pinckney HS) led a Calvin calvacade in the 200 freestyle, winning the race with an NCAA III B' cut qualifying time of 1:52.18. Serino helped the Knights produce 79 points in the 200 freestyle. Senior Kendall Meyer (Modesto, Ca./Home School) was third (1:54.70) while junior Libby Engle (Troy, Mich./Troy HS) was fifth (1:55.82). Senior Madelyn Smith (Allegan, Mich./Allegan HS) was sixth (1:55.84), sophomore Robyn Ellens (Hamilton, Mich./Holland Christian HS) ninth (1:56.24) and freshman Emilia Shokoohi (Saginaw, Mich./Heritage HS) 11th (1:59.01).
In the 200 medley relay, the Calvin team of sophomore Hannah Chao (Farmington Hills, Mich./North Farmington HS), junior Anna Kutschke (Manistee, Mich./Manistee HS), freshman Valerie Edewaard (Holland, Mich./Holland Christian HS) and junior Emily Gunderson (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron HS) was second with an NCAA III B' cut qualifying time of 1:44.62.
Calvin gained 38 points in the 100 butterfly with freshman Anna Weber (North Royalton, Oh./North Royalton HS) fourth (58.36), Gunderson seventh (59.03) and Edewaard eighth (59.10).
The 100 breaststroke netted the Knights 37 points with Kutschke clocking a career-best time of 1:06.77 to take third. Freshman Samantha Sonday (Portage, Mich./Portage Central HS) was seventh (1:08.84) and freshman Kylie Shaw (Dixon, Il./Dixon HS) ninth (1:09.17).
The Knights collected 31 points in the 100 backstroke with Chao fourth (57.28), Gunderson ninth (58.64) and sophomore Abbey Wellman (Crown Point, Ind./Crown Point HS) 10th (58.93).
In the 400 IM, junior Emily Slenk (Zeeland, Mich./Holland Christian HS) was seventh (4:47.06) and Shaw 12th (4:55.91).
"We had a strong evening. Some strong swims," said Calvin head swim coach Dan Gelderloos. "We are working hard and staying enthusiastic. There were several exciting races tonight. It was a fun night to watch. We're in the position we want to be but we have more work left in front of us. We will refocus in the morning and get right back after it."
Action continues with prelims at 10 a.m. with evening finals set for 5:30 p.m.
MIAA WOMEN'S TEAM SCORES THROUGH 2-22-19