Calvin Men's Swimming and Diving Holds Second Place Through Day Two MIAA Championships

Calvin Men's Swimming and Diving Holds Second Place Through Day Two MIAA Championships

HOLLAND, Mich. - The Calvin men's swimming and diving team is in second place through two days of competition at the MIAA Swimming and Diving Championships at the Holland Aquatic Center. The Knights have a two-day total of 283 points, 30 points behind first place Albion. Hope is in third with 228 points followed by Kalamazoo with 182, Olivet with 101 and Alma with 82.

Calvin had a number of solid efforts on Thursday. The Knights opened the finals on Thursday with a second place finish in the 200 freestyle relay as the quartet of sophomore Ben Holstege (Keswick, Va./Covenant HS), sophomore Jared Britton (Falls Church, Va./George Mason HS), senior Eli Holstege (Kewsick, Va./Covenant HS) and junior Max DeYoung (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Eastern HS) clocked in with a time of 1:23.29. The Knights finished just under two-tenths of a second behind Albion which won the race in a time of 1:23.14.

In the 500 freestyle, freshman Tim Randall (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) took second with a season-best time of 4:38.98, dropping more than five seconds off his previous best time. Junior Tanner Vincent (Novi, Mich./Novi HS) was fifth in 4:45.02 while freshman Brian Goins (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams HS) was 10th (4:50.36) and freshman Ian Hazlet 12th (4:55.02).

In the 200 IM, Calvin had four individuals score points led by Ben Holstege who placed third with a season-best tiem of 1:53.84. Senior Brett Stoughton (Centerville, Ind./Centerville HS) was fifth (1:55.05), freshman Fear Churchwell (Athens, Ga./Clarke Central HS) sixth (1:56.37) and freshman Sam Holstege (Keswick, Va./Covenant HS) 11th (2:00.88).

In the 50 freestyle, five Knights scored points led by Britton who was third with a season-best time of 20.94 while Eli Holstege was fifth (21.49), sophomore Jacob Lensing (Pella, Ia./Pella Christian HS) seventh (21.82), DeYoung ninth (21.66) and freshman Tristan Hazlett 13th (22.16).

In the one-meter diving competition, junior Michael Moentmann (Solon, Oh./Solon HS) was fifth (429.15) and senior Dirk Tanis (Holland, Mich./Holland Christian HS) eighth (394.35).

Calvin's 400 medley relay team of Ben Holstege, Eli Holstege, Stoughton and Britton then placed second in a season-best and NCAA III B' cut qualifying time of 3:21.27.
"We are competing against an Albion team right now that is really rolling right and has some momentum," said Calvin head swim coach Dan Gelderloos. "We're going to have to find a way to stay close, keep fighting and using that to motivate ourselves to put together some more great swims."

Action continues on Friday with morning prelims set to begin at 10 a.m.