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SMC Swimming: Belles face Calvin after tough losses

Pete Reisenauer | Friday, January 25, 2008

Saint Mary’s hopes to rebound after two tough losses last weekend when it travels to Michigan to face MIAA power Calvin tonight.

Coach Ryan Dombkowski said he thought the losses to Hillsdale and Olivet brought his team together and taught it what it needs to do to beat a top-tier program like Calvin, which captured the MIAA title least season.

“Even though we came up on the short end two meets in a row, I think that this weekend may even push us to be a better team than two wins would have,” Dombkowski said.

The team will need its best effort as it faces undefeated Calvin, ranked No. 4 in Division III.

The Belles believe they are on the cusp of becoming a great program, and a win over Calvin could help them get there. To improve on their strong performances in the losses, the Belles will need top efforts from co-captains senior Kelly Tighe and junior Melissa Gerbeth. Saint Mary’s also needs sophomore Lindsey Nelis and freshman Casey Niezer to have another solid meet.

The meet starts at 7:30 p.m. at East Grand Rapids High School in Grand Rapids, Mich.