February 4 - MIAA Athletes of the Week
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Albion checked in at No. 25 in the CSCAA/TYR Division III Top 25 and seventh in the Central Region… Albion swimmers sought an opportunity to get the feel of a deep pool with the start of the MIAA Championship just three weeks away. So, the Britons loaded the bus Friday for a meet at Eastern Michigan. The Britons achieved many swims close to the mid-season meet at Wabash University in December. Mac Robertson closed the 500-yard freestyle with a 28.94 split to finish fourth in 4:52.72. Jake Huttenlocher achieved his best times of the season in the 200 breaststroke (2:12.68) and 200 individual medley (1:58.95).
The Scots came up short in the regular season finale at Hope on Saturday (Feb. 2) afternoon by a score of 136-53. Senior Eric Ferrara (Livonia, Mich.) earned a first-place finish for the Scots.
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Diver Grant Williams established three Hope records on Saturday during the Flying Dutchmen’s 136-53 win against Alma at Kresge Natatorium. The sophomore from Grand Rapids, Mich. topped previous six-dive bests for a dual meet in school and pool history while winning both events. In 3-meter diving, Williams scored 324.0 points to pass Jim Mitchell’s 1990 school record of 312.0. Williams finished within 2.60 points of equaling the pool record. In 1-meter diving, Williams totaled 310.60 points to top Jean Luc Miralda’s 2016 school and pool records of 308.5.
The Hornets defeated Olivet 150-82 on Friday before falling 183-105 to Calvin Saturday en route to a 1-1 week before the MIAA Championships. Sharif Shaker had a big week for Kalamazoo by winning the 200 free on Friday before coming out on top in the 200 backstroke and 100 butterfly against Calvin. Shaker was named MIAA Swimmer of the Week on Monday. Matt Howrey also picked up multiple wins over the weekend in winning the 1650 freestyle against Olivet and then the 200 IM on Saturday. This was the Hornets' last dual meet of the season as they prepare for the MIAA Championships Feb. 20-23 in Holland.
The Comets posted a 2-1 record last week. The Comets fell to Kalamazoo in a MIAA dual meet Friday night before sweeping a home non-conference double dual against Anderson (Ind.) and Manchester (Ind.) on Saturday afternoon. Junior Eric Wood had a big weekend for the Comets, winning five individual events and swimming on a winning relay. On Friday night, Wood took first in the 50 free (22.02) and 500 free (4:54.00), and on Saturday, won the 50 back (26.10), 50 free (22.00) and 100 back (56.55), and swam the anchor leg of the winning 200 free relay. Junior Dalton Miner swept the diving competition on both days, with best scores being 262.30 points on the one-meter against the Hornets and 233.10 points on the three-meter against AU & MU. Other event winners against Kalamazoo were freshman Zach Knott in the 200 breast (2:17.39) and senior Bryan Plesner in the 200 back (2:09.38). Other event winners against AU & MU were freshman Cade Erickson in the 200 free (1:52.16) and 500 free (5:07.37), Knott in the 100 breast (1:02.55), junior Zach Meharg in the 1000 free (11:29.60) and 100 IM (58.94), and Plesner in the 50 fly (26.11). Olivet closes out its dual meet schedule Saturday when it celebrates Senior Day with a home meet against Albion at 1 p.m.