College Showcase

Venema, Calvin competing at swim nationals
Matt DeYoung
Mar 20, 2014

Grand Haven’s Aaron Venema is one of six Calvin College swimmers participating in this weekend’s NCAA Division III Championships in Indianapolis.

Venema placed 33rd in Wednesday’s prelims of the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4 minutes, 39 seconds.

He’ll also likely swim in at least one relay for the Knights. Those prelims take place today.

Venema, who helped Calvin earn its first-ever MIAA men’s swimming and diving championship, was an all-conference selection as he set a school record in winning the 500-yard freestyle in a time of 4:34. Venema also placed first in the 200 freestyle (1:41.48) and was second in the 1,640 freestyle (16:19.81).

The former Buccaneer swam a leg on Calvin’s first-place and record-setting 800 freestyle relay team, and also contributed to the Knights’ second-place 400 freestyle relay squad.

On the women’s side, Calvin captured its 10th consecutive MIAA title, with Spring Lake’s Rebecca Mumby placing fourth on the 3-meter diving board. She scored 412.85 points in that event. Mumby was third on the 1-meter board with 378.6 points.


Spring Lake High School graduate Nick Zacek recenty wrapped up his sophomore season on the Grand Valley State men’s swim team with a great showing in the NCAA Division II Championships.

Zacek helped the Lakers place 10th in the nation, and the team set 10 school records in the process.

Zacek was a member of the school record-setting 800 freestyle relay team, which placed fourth at the national meet with a time of 6:33.06. That finish earned the relay All-American status.


Connor Moynihan of Grand Haven placed second in the 165-pound weight class at the Alma Open on Jan. 25.

Mohnihan started the day off with an 8-5 win over an opponent from Northern Ohio University before cruising to an 18-7 major decision and an 18-3 technical fall.

His final match was against James Bennett of Indiana Tech, who was ranked No. 4 nationally in NAIA. The match looked to be headed to overtime before Bennett scored a takedown in the closing seconds for a 10-8 win.

“I am happy that I made it to the finals match,” said Moynihan. “But I was disappointed with the results. I think that if it went into overtime I could have won. He was pretty gassed at the time.”



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