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College Showcase: SL grads go head-to-head in the pool

Nate Thompson • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:06 PM

Spring Lake graduates squared off in the pool on Saturday, as Maria Kieft and the Hope College women’s swimming and diving team competed against Becca Mumby and Calvin College.

Calvin’s women pulled out a 164-136 victory over the host Flying Dutch.

Mumby, a sophomore, placed fifth overall in the diving competition with a finals score of 224.20.

Kieft, a junior, captured first-place honors in the 200-yard backstroke in a time of 2 minutes, 12.94 seconds. She also swam to a runner-up finish in the 100 backstroke, as she was beaten out by teammate Klare Northuis by seven tenths of a second.

In relays, Kieft swam a leg on the Flying Dutch’s 200 medley relay team that finished in second, and was on the fourth place 400 freestyle relay.


Grand Haven's Natalie Myers, a sophomore runner at St. Louis University, finished 10th out of 37 competitors in the women's 5,000-meter run at the Gladstein Invite on Jan. 18 in Bloomington, Ind. The event was hosted by the University of Indiana.

Myers posted a time of 17 minutes, 44.33 seconds, and was the third-fastest St. Louis runner in the event.

Myers also led St. Louis' cross country program to a fourth-place finish in the Atlantic 10 Conference in late October. She placed 20th overall in the league championship meet.


With more than half of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference schedule completed Grand Haven graduate Emma Veach has to be happy where her Michigan Tech Huskies are sitting – in first place.

The Huskies are currently tied for first in the GLIAC's North Division with Ferris State with a 9-3 record, while Wayne State sits a half-game behind at 8-3 and Grand Valley State a game back at 8-4.

Veach, a 5-foot-9 senior guard, has seen her scoring average dip this season, as she's averaging 7.6 points per game, but she's pulling down a rock-solid five rebounds a game and also dishing off an average of 2.1 assists per contest. Her assist-to-turnover ratio leads the team at nearly 4-to-1.

Michigan Tech (11-5 overall) faces a key three-game road trip, beginning Thursday at Northwood. They return to the Upper Peninsula on Saturday to face Lake Superior and on Feb. 2 against rival Northern Michigan.

Veach's younger brother, Noah Veach, also has his hoops team in the thick of the conference championship race.

His Augsburg (Minn.) College men's basketball team is currently in second place — two games behind St. Thomas — in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Veach, a 6-foot-3 junior forward, is averaging 8.3 points and 4.8 rebounds a game for the Auggies. Veach notched a season-high 17 points — aided by a 13-of-14 effort at the free throw line — during a Jan. 12 win at St. Olaf College.

Augsburg, a Division 3 school located in Minneapolis, has won four of its last five games to improve to 14-3 this season.

To submit info on a local athlete enjoying success at the college level, e-mail Tribune reporter Nate Thompson at [email protected].

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