No. 20 Women’s Swimming & Diving Sinks Kalamazoo

No. 20 Women’s Swimming & Diving Sinks Kalamazoo

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The women's swimming & diving team moved to 4-1 in the MIAA with a road victory over Kalamazoo on Saturday afternoon. The Knights defeated the Hornets, 168-129. Calvin won eight events 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."

Sophomore Kendall Murphy (Modesto, Calif.) picked up the first Calvin victory of the day in the 1000-yard freestyle at 10:58.13.

The Knights had the three-fastest times in the 200-yard freestyle on Saturday. Sophomore Anna Serino (Pinckney, Mich./Pinckney) touched the wall first at 1:58.86, in second place was sophomore Madelyn Smith (Allegan, Mich./Allegan) at 2:00.36 and in third place was freshman Libby Engle (Troy, Mich./Troy) at 2:02.69.

Calvin recorded the four-fastest times in the 50-yard freestyle. Junior Abby Van Harn (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian) led the way at 24.73. Freshman Emily Gunderson (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) recorded a second-place finish at 25.17, in third place was junior Rachel Mattson (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) at 25.38 and in fourth was junior Ana Estrella (Hudsonville, Mich./Calvin Christian) at 26.01. Van Harn won her second event of the day in the 100-yard freestyle at 53.76. In second place was Rachel Mattson at 55.84 and in third place was 55.93.

Junior Sarah Bradley (Wheaton, Ill./Wheaton North) won the 1-meter diving event at 268.90.

The Maroon and Gold went one-two-three in the 200-yard backstroke on Saturday. Freshman Abbey Wellman (Crown Point, Ind./Crown Point) recorded a winning time of 2:13.15. In second place was freshman Emily Slenk (Zeeland, Mich./Holland Christian) and Madelyn Smith clocked in at 2:18.60.

Kendall Murphy picked up her second victory of the day in the 500-yard freestyle at 5:24.22. Anna Serino checked in at 5:25.16 in second place.

Calvin closed the day winning the 200-yard freestyle relay. The team of Emily Gunderson, freshman Anna Kutschke (Manistee, Mich./Manistee), Rachel Mattson and Madelyn Smith won at 1:40.28.

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.