The MIAA’s went great for Kalamazoo College, with the men finishing the meet with 815 points in first place and the women finishing with 604 points in third. This is men’s program’s 26th overall championship and their first since 2003.
The star of the meet for Kalamazoo was Craig Fleming K’11 who set a new MIAA record every day that he raced. On Thursday he broke the 50 freestyle record in the morning (:20.22) and then came back later that day and broke his own record (:20.18). On Friday he broke the 200 freestyle record with a time of (1:38.34). On Saturday he broke the 100 freestyle record (:44.02) and was recognized as the league’s Most Valuable Swimmer.
Kevin Lodewyk K’12 came in second in the 200 butterfly (1:54.35) while Steve Brower K’11 captured third in the 200 backstroke (1:55.14). The Men’s 400 Free Relay also captured an MIAA championship on Saturday (Brian Bazzell K’11, Chris Manning K’12, Alex Armstrong K’13, Fleming – 3:03.17). Five men earned All-MIAA honors (Armstrong, Bazzell, Fleming, Lodewyk, and Manning).
For the women, Katie Grue K’12 won two events winning the 100 butterfly (:58:85) and the 200 butterfly (2:09.76). The ladies also broke some records with the 200 Medley taking first place (Kaitlin Weeks K’11, Molly DeWald K’14, Loren Weber K’13, Taryn Edsall K’13) with a record time of 1:46.21. Three women were chosen for All-MIAA honors including DeWald, Edsall, and Grue.
For a full recap of the meet, you can see all of the times on the Kalamazoo Sports page. Men finished ranked #8 in the nation while women are ranked #18. The season is not over yet for some swimmers though, like Fleming, who still have nationals to compete in.