MIAA Championships - Day 3
Swimming - Saint Mary's Finishes Fifth; Gerbeth Defends 1650 Freestyle Title
HOLLAND, MI – After the third and final day at the MIAA swimming/diving championships Saint Mary’s finished with a fifth place showing, tallying 182 team points. Calvin defended their title with 660 points to win the crown for the third consecutive season.
The Belles fifth place finish is the best team results they had at the MIAA championships since the 2001 season.
In the evening’s first event Melissa Gerbeth defended the 1650 freestyle crown she won last season. Gerbeth posted a time of 17:47.40. She is the first swimmer in Saint Mary’s history to win consecutive MIAA event titles.
Her time qualifies as an NCAA “B” cut which puts her into consideration for the NCAA Championships held in mid-March. Based on last season’s qualifying times, the junior would earn a spot at the national event.
Casey Niezer also posted a top finish for Saint Mary’s by placing sixth in the 200 yard backstroke with a time of 2:13.31.
Final Team Standings
1) Calvin – 660
2) Hope – 556
3) Kalamazoo – 256
4) Olivet – 237
5) Saint Mary’s – 182
6) Alma – 150
7) Albion – 134
Saint Mary’s Top Finish by Event
1650 Yard Freestyle - Melissa Gerbeth - 17:47.40 (1st)
200 Yard Backstroke - Casey Niezer - 2:13.31 (6th)
100 Yard Freestyle - Lauren Hartman - :56.91 (16th)
200 Yard Breaststroke - Rachel Kalas - 2:42.69 (15th)
200 Yard Butterfly - Kristi Hable - 2:32.03 (17th)
400 Yard Freestyle Relay - 3:46.72 (5th)