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.
ZACEK SPARKS GVSU
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.
MOYNIHAN WRESTLES WELL
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.”