No. 13 Women’s Swimming & Diving Downs DePauw and Alma

No. 13 Women’s Swimming & Diving Downs DePauw and Alma

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Calvin women's swimming & diving team posted two victories on Saturday with a split squad in Michigan and Indiana. The No. 13-ranked Knights traveled to Franklin, where they fell to the host Grizzlies, 157-140. The Maroon and Gold downed DePauw 186-113. Calvin won seven of the 16 events in Indiana. The Knights also picked up a home MIAA victory over Alma, 145-80.

"We split up trying to get everyone the races that they needed," said head coach Dan Gelderloos. "The team that stayed at Calvin was very enthusiastic, which made me very proud. We came to Indiana for some tough racing during a tough month to race and I feel that we came away battle tested and got some valuable racing that we will use to sharpen our skills. Not all of the races went our way and I am fine with that because of the way we raced."

In Indiana, junior Anna Serino (Pinckney, Mich./Pinckney) recorded a second-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle at 1:57.40. She also placed second in the 500-yard freestyle at 5:17.21.

Freshman Hannah Chao (Farmington Hills, Mich./North Farmington) also notched a second-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke at 1:12.07. She finished the day with a victory in the 200-yard individual medley.

Senior Abby Van Harn (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian) clinched the first victory of the day for Calvin in the 50-yard freestyle, winning with a time of 24.32. Van Harn also won the 100-yard freestyle at 52.78.

Senior Sarah Bradley (Wheaton, Ill./Wheaton North) earned the victory on the 1-meter boards with a score of 244 points.

The Knights swept the 3-meter competition with a 1-2-3 finish. Bradley won with a score of 248.70, in second place was freshman Joselyn Smith (Zeeland, Mich./Zeeland West) at 222.6 and freshman Hannabeth Magnussen (Oakdale, Calif./Ripon Christian) placed third at 195.20.

In the 100-yard butterfly, freshman Jenna Oezer (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian) touched the wall first at 59.74.

The Knights closed the meet with a victory in the 200-yard freestyle relay. The team of Jenna Oezer, Anna Serino, senior Rachel Mattson (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) and Abby Van Harn clocked in at 1:40.64.

Against Alma, the day started with a first-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay. The team of sophomore Emily Gunderson (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer), sophomore Anna Kutschke (Manistee, Mich./Manistee), freshman Kiara Bromley (Manistee, Mich./Manistee) and freshman Lydia Ward (Chicago, Ill./Northside College Prep) won at 1:56.90.

Senior Rachel Kehren (Lansing, Mich./Grand Ledge) won the 1000-yard freestyle at 11:53.99.

In the 200-yard freestyle, sophomore Audrey Brinks (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian) won with a time of 2:07.95. Brinks also won the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:56.16.

Emily Gunderson was the fastest swimmer in the 50-yard freestyle at 25.24. She also won the 100-yard backstroke at 1:04.15.

Freshman Stephany Morrow (Eagle Lake, Minn./Mankato East) held off the Scots in the diving well, winning the 1-meter event with 216.50 points and the 3-meter with 196.35 points.

Anna Kutschke claimed the title in the 100-yard freestyle at 56.25.

The Knights closed the day with a victory in the 200-yard freestyle relay. The team of Audrey Brinks, Lydia Ward, senior Rachel Alexander (Holland, Mich./Holland Christian) and Rachel Kehren won at 1:48.78, almost 11 seconds faster than Alma.

The Maroon and Gold return to action on Saturday at Kalamazoo.