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NCAA Div. III: Calvin and Kalamazoo Early Leaders at MIAA Champs -- February 14, 2003

HOPE COLLEGE, Mich., Feb. 13. SEVERAL outstanding performances marked the opening day of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Association (MIAA) swimming and diving chamnpionships being hosted by Hope College at the Holland Aquatics Center.

The three-day meet continues through Saturday. Prelims on Friday will begin at 10 a.m. with finals at 6 p.m.

Building their first-day leads off dominating performances in diving, Kalamazoo and Calvin are leading the men's and women's competition respectively.

Kalamazoo, which is seeking its eighth straight men's crown, has 214 points after Thursday's competition followed by Hope 151, Calvin 124, Albion 68 and Alma 53. The Hornets took the top four places in one-meter diving amassing 57 points in the event. Hope had none.

In the women's meet Calvin collected 49 points collecting four of the top six spots to end Thursday with 181 points. Hope, which counted 17 points in
diving, follows with 174 points. Kalamazoo is next with 90, Alma 75, Albion 70 and Saint Mary's 47.

Hope was not without its outstanding performances on this first day. In the men's meet the Flying Dutchmen won both relays and had two qualifying performances for the NCAA Division III championships next month.

The individual standout was Hope senior Brian Slagh of Zeeland who established MIAA and pool records in winning the 500-yard freestyle. Slagh beat three-time defending champion J.D. Schneider of Kalamazoo with a national qualifying time (4:33.68).

Slagh also swam on Hope's two champion relay teams. The 200-yard medley relay team won the MIAA's gold medal for a 14th consecutive year. Joining Slagh in posting an NCAA conditional qualifying time (1:23.56) were sophomore Jeff Heydlauff, junior Chris Hamstra and freshman Travis Barkel.

Hope won the men's 400-yard medley relay for a fifth consecutive year with a national qualifying time (3:25.57). The relay included junior Ian Kobes, junior Ross Geurink, senior Dan Bouwens and Slagh.

In the women's meet Hope junior Michelle Smith won the 500-yard freestyle (5:07.37) for a third consecutive year while teammate Erin VandenBerg, a senior, was runnerup (5:10.13). Both times were NCAA conditional qualifying performances.

The women's 200-yard individual medley featured two national qualifying times. Calvin freshman Abby Johnson won the event with a league-record time (2:09.32) while Hope junior Audrey Arnold was just five-hundreths of a second behind (2:09.37). Arnold's time also bettered the old league record.

The 50-yard freestyle was also a thriller. Calvin senior Katie Nagelkirk won the sprint event for a third consecutive year (24.21) edging Hope sophomore
Erika Steele (24.64). Both times were conditional qualifying efforts.

The men's 50-yard freestyle was even closer with Kalamazoo's Ben Callam (21.25) edging Hope junior Chris Hamstra (21.27).

Calvin won the women's 200-yard freestyle relay for a fourth consecutive year. Calvin (1:38.74) and Hope (1:39.35) each had conditional qualifying time.
Members of the Hope relay were Steele, freshman Lisa Ekdom, VandenBerg and sophomore Sarah Smith.

The Flying Dutch set a pool record with an NCAA conditional qualifying time in winning the 400-yard medley relay (3:59.97). Relay members were junior Audrey Arnold, senior Kelly Parker, freshman Meagan O'Neil and sophomore Erika Steel.

MEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP MEET SUMMARY
Team Standings (through Thursday)
1. Kalamazoo 214
2. Hope 151
3. Calvin 124
4. Albion 68
5. Alma 53

A - Qualifies for NCAA Division III championships
B - Conditional qualifying performance for NCAA Division III championships DC - Defending Champion MR - MIAA Record PR - Pool Record

THURSDAY RESULTS

200 Yard Freestyle Relay
1. Hope (Jeff Heydlauff, Chris Hamstra, Travis Barkel, Brian Slagh), 1:23.56 (B)
2. Kalamazoo, 1:24.32 (B)
3. Calvin, 1:25.41
4. Alma, 1:28.75
5. Albion, 1:32.87

500 Yard Freestyle
Finals
1. Brian Slagh, Hope, 4:33.88 (A, MR, PR)
2. JD Schneider, Kalamazoo, 4:34.49 (DC)
3. AJ Penninga, Calvin, 4:38.37
4. Scott Whitbeck, Kalamazoo, 4:42.29
5. Michael Arce, Kalamazoo, 4:46.75
6. Will Green, Albion, 4:51.85
Consolation
7. Dan Hekman, Calvin, 4:46.28
8. Dave Ornee, Hope, 4:47.66
9. Matt Cook, Hope, 4:52.32
10. AJ Dancho, Albion, 4:53.89
11. Chris Roecker, Hope, 5:01.29
12. Peter Daining, Calvin, 5:04.83

200 Yard Individual Medley
Finals
1. Victor Stover, Kalamazoo, 1:54.71 (B)
2. Peter Boumgarden, Calvin, 1:54.92 (B)
3. Ryan Johnson, Calvin, 1:56.02 (B)
4. Matt Waterstone, Hope, 1:57.22
5. Ian Kobes, Hope, 1:58.86
6. Josh Pfau, Kalamazoo, 2:00.72
Consolation
7. Casey Lanser, Kalamazoo, 1:58.59
8. Luke Bagnall, Calvin, 2:01.22
9. Andrew Davidson, Albion, 2:03.21
10. Ross Geurink, Hope, 2:03.81
11. Dan VanderHeide, Calvin, 2:06.14
12. Martin Fisher, Kalamazoo, 2:07.10

50 Yard Freestyle
Finals
1. Ben Callam, Kalamazoo, 21.25 (B)
2. Chris Hamstra, Hope, 21.27 (B)
3. Brad White, Calvin, 21.36 (B)
4. Jeff Heydlauff, Hope, 21.44
5. Ryan Crowley, Kalamazoo, 21.52
6. Andrew Kurtz, Kalamazoo, 21.75
Consolation
7. Jake Taber, Hope, 21.71
8. Travis Barkel, Hope, 21.86
9. Anthony Duda, Kalamazoo, 21.94
10. Matt Gruber, Albion, 22.21
11. Will Heyd, Alma, 22.26
12. Jon Buda, Kalamazoo, 22.33

1 Meter Diving
Finals
1. Tony Holt, Kalamazoo, 573.40 (B, DC)
2. Tim Ullrey, Kalamazoo, 496.70 (B)
3. Kyle Oberhill, Kalamazoo, 425.70
4. Eric Horsch, Kalamazoo, 417.55
5. JD Schaumberg, Calvin, 370.80
6. Cole Hughes, Alma, 343.30
Consolation
7. Chris Smith, Albion, 278.55
8. Todd Robosan, Kalamazoo, 262.45

400 Yard Medley Relay
Finals
1. Hope (Ian Kobes, Ross Geurink, Dan Bouwens, Brian Slagh), 3:25.57 (A)
2. Calvin, 3:27.88 (B)
3. Kalamazoo, 3:30.02
4. Albion, 3:39.60
5. Alma, 3:42.39


WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP MEET SUMMARY

Team Standings (through Thursday)
1. Calvin 181
2. Hope 174
3. Kalamazoo 90
4. Alma 75
5. Albion 70
6. Saint Mary's 47

A - Qualifies for NCAA Division III championships
B - Conditional qualifying performance for NCAA Division III championships DC - Defending Champion MR - MIAA Record PR - Pool Record

THURSDAY RESULTS

200 Yard Freestyle Relay
1. Calvin (Katie Nagelkirk, Jen Kool, Brittany Stevens, Anne Kuiper), 1:38.74
(B)
2. Hope, 1:39.35 (B)
3. Kalamazoo, 1:39.91
4. Saint Mary's, 1:42.57
5. Alma, 1:42.59
6. Albion, 1:48.51

500 Yard Freestyle
Finals
1. Michelle Smith, Hope, 5:07.37 (DC, B)
2. Erin VandenBerg, Hope, 5:10.13 (B)
3. Megan Ramsey, Saint Mary's, 5:14.28
4. Brittney Stevens, Calvin, 5:20.15
5. Jenny Los, Calvin, 5:21.54
6. Kelly Nelis, Saint Mary's, 5:21.75
Consolation
7. Kristin Brubaker, Albion, 5:19.21
8. Lynn Visser, Calvin, 5:22.97
9. Haley Martin, Hope, 5:23.69
10. Julie Fantone, Alma, 5:27.86
11. Lauren Yagiela, Kalamazoo, 5:31.85
12. Erica VanGilder, Hope, 5:38.24

200 Yard Individual Medley
Finals
1. Abby Johnson, Calvin, 2:09.32 (A, MR)
2. Audrey Arnold, Hope, 2:09.37 (A, DC)
3. Meagan O'Neil, Hope, 2:13.20
4. Anne Kuiper, Calvin, 2:14.89
5. Lisa Ekdom, Hope, 2:15.51
6. Meredith Henry, Alma, 2:18.82
Consolation
7. Kelly Parker, Hope, 2:17.80
8. Brianne Hauser, Alma, 2:18.51
9. Danielle Anstett, Kalamazoo, 2:18.67
10. Melissa Erickson, Hope, 2:18.73
11. Liz Smith, Alma, 2:19.32
12. Tanya Kreminski, Kalamazoo, 2:23.11

50 Yard Freestyle
Finals
1. Katie Nagelkirk, Calvin, 24.21 (B)
2. Erika Steele, Hope, 24.64 (B)
3. Liz Kiechle, Kalamazoo, 24.91 (B)
4. Jane Kopf, Kalamazoo, 24.96
5. Lauren Sisson, Albion, 25.01
6. Stephanie Druskinis, Alma, 25.17
Consolation
7. Sarah Smith, Hope, 25.29
8. Jen Kool, Calvin, 25.42
9. Shannon Bauer, Kalamazoo, 25.52
10. Maureen Palchak, Saint Mary's, 25.63
11. Megan Johnson, Kalamazoo, 25.64
12. Lane Herrington, Saint Mary's, 25.86

3 Meter Diving
Finals
1. Sara TerHaar, Calvin, 423.20 (B)
2. Rachel Maloney, Albion, 383.20
3. Jule Erickson, Calvin, 342.95
4. Anna Battoclette, Calvin, 342.70
5. Jodie Offringa, Calvin, 317.60
6. Lindsay Close, Hope, 297.15
Consolation
7. Lyndsy Carr, Alma, 296.30
8. Lindsay Fach, Hope, 260.40
9. Jenni Rone, Kalamazoo, 212.45
10. Emily Vaneklase, Hope, 202.40
11. DeAnna Saenz, Kalamazoo, 197.05

400 Yard Medley Relay
Finals
1. Hope (Audrey Arnold, Kelly Parker, Meagan O'Neil, Erika Steele), 3:59.97 (B, PR)
2. Calvin, 4:07.23
3. Kalamazoo, 4:08.40
4. Albion, 4:14.25
5. Alma, 4:14.27