GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Calvin men's swimming and diving team claimed its third relay All-America berth in as many nights on Saturday as its 400 freestyle relay took fifth at the NCAA III Championships with a school-record time of 3:00.31.
The relay finished helped Calvin finish 12th in the final team standings with 118 points. The team finish is the second-highest in program history and Calvin's highest national team finish since 2003.
The relay finish on Saturday night also marked the second-highest finish by a relay in Calvin men's swimming history, surpassed only by the fourth place 800 freestyle relay finish in 2002. The Knights also lowered the school record less than 10 hours after setting a school record of 3:00.45 in the morning prelims that gained the Knights the fourth spot for the evening finals.
The All-America relay included sophomore Julian Iturbe (Caracas, Venezuela/Emil Friedman), senior Jared Britton (Falls Church, Va./George Mason HS), Skyler Fish (Ionia, Mich./Ionia HS) and Ben Holstege (Keswick, Va./Covenant School).
In the morning prelims, Britton was 25th in a season-best time of 45.43.
"I'm just extremly proud and pleased with the way our guys swam tonight and over the last three days," said Calvin head swim coach Dan Gelderloos. "We swam with enthuasiasm and rallied together. To see our seniors go out on a high note like they did tonight is amazing. They really rose to the occasion and came up with a meet that we will remember for a long time."
Calvin finished the meet with five All-America swims including three in the relays as its 400 medley and 200 freestyle relays took seventh earlier in the meet while its 800 freestyle (15th) and 200 medley (12th) relays were honorable mention All-Americans.
Ben Holstege was an All-American in the 100 backstroke (fourth place) while Iturbe was an All-American in the 200 freestyle (8th place).
Emory won the team national title with 351 points with Kenyon second with 340 points.