The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has named Calvin’s Aaron Venema its Men’s Athlete of the Week in swimming and diving for meets through Jan. 18.
Venema, a sophomore from Grand Haven, won two individual events and swam on a winning relay in leading Calvin to a 175-122 MIAA dual meet victory over Kalamazoo, the Knights’ first win over the Hornets since 2006.
Venema won the 200-yard freesetyle in 1 minute, 44.98 seconds and the 500 freestyle in 4:46.10, and swam a 48.30 split in helping Calvin win the 400 freestyle relay.
Venema was honored as Athlete of the Week for the first time in his career. In early December at the Calvin Winter Invitational, Venema shattered a 14-year old record in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:35.44 breaking the previous record by three seconds. His time currently ranks in the top-25 on the Division III national list.
Venema is part of a Calvin men’s team that is currently ranked 13th nationally by Collegeswimming.com.
Meanwhile, Calvin junior Rebecca Mumby has played an integral role on a Calvin women’s swimming and diving team that is currently ranked 15th nationally by Collegeswimming.com and seeking to capture it 10th consecutive MIAA title.
A graduate of Spring Lake High School, Mumby ruled the diving boards this past weekend in a dual meet against Kalamazoo, winning the one-meter (244.50) and three-meter (246.25) boards.
EIDSON RECORDS 1ST DOUBLE-DOUBLE
Hope sophomore Alex Eidson (Grand Haven) recorded his first double-double of the season on Saturday, helping the Fyling Dutchmen defeat Olivet, 80-72.
Eidson poured in 14 points and snatched 10 rebounds in the victory. Fellow Grand Haven graduate Nate VanArendonk added eight points and six rebounds.
LAW PROPELS PANTHERS
Grand Haven’s Alex Law has been outstanding on the court for the No. 4-ranked Davenport women’s basketball team, which has won 13 consecutive games and is now 18-1 on the season.
Law tossed in 16 points — all in the first half — during Saturday’s 75-41 win over Lourdes.
Law hit 5-of-7 from 3-point range and added a free throw to reach 16 points.
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