Kalamazoo, Calvin Lead After Day One of MIAA Champs

Feb. 15. ONE leader is familiar while the other is not after one day of competition at the MIAA swimming and diving championships being hosted by Hope at the Holland Community Aquatic Center.

Kalamazoo is again leading the men's field while the Flying Dutchmen are second, but in the women's standings Calvin is ahead of defending champion Hope.

The meet resumes Friday and continues through Saturday night.

The Flying Dutchmen won two relays and an individual championship on Thursday.

A 1-2-3 sweep by Kalamazoo in the 200 individual medley propelled the Hornets into a big lead over the Dutchmen, 210-146 in the standings.

Sophomore Tim DeHaan captured the 50 freestyle beating defending champion Steve Domin of Kalamazoo. DeHaan's time of :20.95 was a pool record and a NCAA conditional qualifying effort.

The Dutchmen won the 200 freestyle relay in pool record time (1:24.23)with a team of sophomore Brian Slagh, freshman Chris Hamstra, senior Scott
Vroegindewey and DeHaan. It was also a NCAA conditional qualifying time.

Hope capped the evening by winning the 400 medley relay with an NCAA automatic qualifying time (3:24.90). The team of sophomore Ian Kobes, junior
Josh Boss, senior Chris Dattels and Slagh also established a pool record.

Bidding for a tenth consecutive MIAA championship, the Flying Dutch find themselves trailing rival Calvin by two points, 157-155, after Thursday's events.

Each team won a relay Thursday. Hope had three individual champions, but Calvin went 1-2-3 in the 50 freestyle.

Senior Betsy VandenBerg won the 200 individual medley for the second time in her career with an MIAA record time (2:10.45) and NCAA conditonal qualifying effort. She defeated defending champion Anne Kuiper of Calvin who a year ago defeated VandenBerg who was the 1999 winner.

The Flying Dutch finished one-two in two events. Freshman Michelle Smith (5:05.87) and sophomore Erin VandenBerg (5:06.91) were 1-2 in the 500-yard
freestyle. VandenBerg was the defending champion. Both times were NCAA conditional qualifying efforts.

Divers Hannah Rapson and Vivian Brooke finished one-two on the one-meter board. Rapson's winning point total was a NCAA conditional qualifying effort.

The Dutch concluded the day by winning the 400-yard medley relay. The team of freshman Audrey Arnold, Betsy VandenBerg, Michelle Smith and junior Laura Smith posted a pool record time (4:03.55).

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