GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The 17th-ranked Calvin women's swimming and diving team took third at its own Calvin Winter Invitational, posting a three-day team total of 1,220 points, trailing only Division II Grand Valley State (13th-ranked, DII) and Northern Michigan (11th-ranked, DII).
Calvin produced a pair of school records over the three-day competition with junior Hannah Chao (Farmington Hills, Mich./North Farmington HS) breaking her own school record in the 100 backstroke with a time of 56.49 in the morning prelims before coming back to take third in the evening finals with a time of 56.52. Her 100 backstroke time ranks 13th nationally.
Senior Emily Gunderson (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer HS) set a new school record in the 100 butterfly, taking fourth with a time of 57.36, breaking the previous mark of 57.56 set by Jenna Oezer last December. Oezer took eighth in the 100 butterfly with a time of 58.22.
Gunderson also took home a win in the 50 freestyle with a season-best time of 23.65.
Chao took third in the 200 backstroke with a season-best time of 2:03.88 that ranks 16th nationally. Senior Abbey Wellman (Crown Point, Ind./Crown Point HS) was eighth in a season-best time of 2:06.59.
Sophomore Grace Anne Delcompare (Naples, Fla./Home School) was eighth in the 200 butterfly (2:12.76) and 12th in the 400 IM (4:48.04). Both times were season-best efforts.
Sophomore Samantha Sonday (Portage, Mich./Portage Central HS) had a season-best time of 1:08.07 that was good for eighth in the 100 breaststroke. She was also 11th in the 200 breaststroke with a season-best time of 2:29.27.
Junior Robyn Ellens (Hamilton, Mich./Holland Christian HS) was ninth in the 500 freestyle with a season-best time of 5:10.84 while also placing eighth in the 200 freestyle with a season-best time of 1:56.44.
In the 100 freestyle, freshman Hannah Brown (Palmyra, Va./Home School) was ninth in a season-best time of 53.71.
Calvin's 200 freestyle relay of Gunderson, Chao, freshman Jayda Kelly (Coldwater, Mich./Coldwater HS) and Oezer took third with a season-best time of 1:35.69 that currently ranks 10th nationally. Calvin's 400 freestyle relay of Gunderson, Chao, Kelly and sophomore Valerie Edewaard (Holland, Mich./Holland Christian HS) was third with a season-best time of 3:33.63 that ranks 17th nationally.
Its 200 medley relay team of Chao, Sonday, Edewaard and Gunderson took fifth in a time of 1:46.49 that ranks 14th nationally. Meanwhile, its 400 medley relay team of Chao, Sonday, Oezer and Gunderson took sixth in a season-best time of 3:58.06 that ranks 23rd nationally.
Junior Hannabeth Magnussen (Oakdale, Ca./Ripon Christian HS) qualified for the NCAA III Regional meet on the diving board, placing second with a score of 429.05 points. She also placed fifth on the three-meter board with a score of 387.30 points.
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."