Women’s Swimming & Diving Wins 14th-Straight MIAA Title

Women’s Swimming & Diving Wins 14th-Straight MIAA Title

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – For the 14th-straight year, the Calvin women's swimming & diving team has claimed the MIAA crown. The title is the 16th MIAA title in program history for the Knights. The No. 20-ranked Knights finished the four-day meet with 929 points, 184 points ahead of Hope College in second place. Calvin won two events on Saturday and eight on the week. The Knights are coming off a perfect 6-0 MIAA season.

"This is going to go down as one of my top-four teams I have had here at Calvin," said head coach Dan Gelderloos. "They are deep, they are strong, they are motivated and they showed what they did all year long and swam fast. I was proud to see them not slow down."

Senior Abby Van Harn (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian) claimed the honor of MIAA Most Valuable Swimmer for the second-straight year. She is seventh Calvin swimmer to claim the honor and is the first to repeat since 2013, when Libby Westrate of Hope won. Van Harn won 10 individual MIAA titles at Calvin, including all four 100-yard freestyle and 200-yard freestyle races at Calvin. This year she won the 50-yard freestyle (23.35), 100-yard freestyle (50.04) and the 200-yard freestyle (1:50.79). She was also on the winning 200-yard freestyle, 400-yard freestyle, 800-yard freestyle and 200-yard medley relay.

"I can't imagine a better championship meet to go out on," said Van Harn. "I only had one best time and I still can't think of a better meet."

In the 1650-yard freestyle, junior Kendall Murphy (Modesto, Calif./Home School) led the charge in the 1650-yard freestyle for the Knights in second place at 17:44.83, the fourth-fastest time in school history. Junior Anna Serino (Pinckney, Mich./Pinckney) clocked in at 17:51.18 in third place for Calvin. In seventh place was freshman Robyn Ellens (Hamilton, Mich./Holland Christian) at 18:37.46.

Three Knights advanced to the 200-yard backstroke on Saturday. Sophomore Abbey Wellman (Crown Point, Ind./Crown Point) was the fastest Knight in the race in third place at 2:05.93. Her prelim time of 2:05.28 was the second-fastest time in program history. Freshman Hannah Chao (Farmington Hills, Mich./North Farmington) was right behind in fourth place at 2:06.33 with the third-fastest time in school history. Sophomore Sydney Boyer (Bristol, Ind./Northridge) wrapped up the pack at 2:12.48 in eighth place.

The 100-yard freestyle was littered with Maroon and Gold on Saturday. Abby Van Harn was victorious with an MIAA and school record time of 50.04, the second-fastest time in NCAA Division III. Sophomore Libby Engle (Troy, Mich./Troy) won the bronze medal at 52.38 for the sixth-fastest time in program history. Junior Madelyn Smith (Allegan, Mich./Allegan) followed right behind in fourth place at 52.51. Senior Rachel Mattson (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) touched the wall at 53.01 to place fifth. Sophomore Emily Gunderson (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) finished in eighth place at 53.44. It was the sister act once again on Saturday in the consolation finals with the Oezer sisters claiming the top-two spots. Freshman Jenna Oezer (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian) finished in ninth place at 54.12. Junior Alyssa Oezer (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian) was the 10th place finisher at 54.32.

Junior Elyssa Wolf (Austin, Texas/Regents School of Austin) finished eighth in the 200-yard breaststroke at 2:35.66.

The night finished with the 400-yard freestyle relay, where the Knights ended the meet with a victory. The team of Rachel Mattson, Libby Engle, Anna Serino and Abby Van Harn won at 3:27.49.

The Knights will wait to see who will advance to the NCAA Division III Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana, in March. The divers will head to the NCAA Division III Central Regional Championships in Chicago, Illinois, on Friday and Saturday.

Final Team Scores

1. #20 Calvin College 929
2. Hope College 745
3. Albion College 692
4. Alma College 239
5. Olivet College 208