KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The men's swimming & diving team improved to 4-1 in the MIAA with a victory at Kalamazoo on Saturday afternoon. The Knights swatted the Hornets on Saturday, 168.5-127.5. Calvin won nine races on the day.
"Good afternoon of good old fashioned racing," said Calvin head coach Dan Gelderloos. "We were able to tie our laces and put up one good honest effort. We are happy to be finished with the duals and get into championship season, which is what we wait all year for."
The Knights started the day with a victory in the 200-yard medley relay. The team of senior Brett Stoughton (Centerville, Ind./Centerville), freshman Sam Holstege (Keswick, Va./Covenant), senior Eli Holstege (Keswick, Va./Covenant) and sophomore Ben Holstege (Keswick, Va./Covenant) won at 1:37.58.
The Maroon and Gold went one-two in the 200-yard freestyle, freshman Tim Randall (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian) led the way at 1:50.63 and freshman Fear Churchwell (Athens, Ga./Clarke Central) was in second place at 1:51.23.
Calvin would then notch the three-fastest times in the 100-yard backstroke. Brett Stoughton won at 55.61, in second was freshman Tristan Hazlett (Lutz, Fla.) at 59.72 and junior Max DeYoung (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Eastern) at 1:00.39. Stoughton was also victorious in the 100-yard butterfly at 52.91.
Sophomore Jacob Lensing (Pella, Iowa/Pella Christian) was victorious in the 100-yard backstroke at 1:02.11.
In the 100-yard freestyle, Ben Holstege touched the wall first at 48.04.
The Knights had the three-fastest times in the 200-yard backstroke. Junior Steven Tarske (Pinckney, Mich./Pinckney) won at 2:05.95, in second place was sophomore Brady Boehm (Chisholm, Minn./Hibbing) at 2:17.36 and in third place was junior Tanner Vincent (Novi, Mich./Novi) at 2:13.38.
Fear Churchwell clocked in a winning time of 2:18.40 in the 200-yard breaststroke and earned the final Calvin victory of the day in the 400-yard I.M. at 4:26.48.
The Knights return to action on Feb. 15 for the four-day MIAA Championships in Holland, Michigan. The competition will take place in the Holland Aquatic Center.