JENISON, Mich. – Brian Fiorillo earned the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association's Most Valuable Swimmer award Saturday night when he claimed his third individual title of the league's swimming & diving championship. He also helped Albion nip Calvin by four hundredths of a second in the 400 freestyle relay.
Fiorillo swam past the competition in the 100-yard freestyle, touching the wall in 44.70 seconds to meet the automatic qualifying standard for the NCAA Division III Championships. He was a member of Albion's winning 800 freestyle relay on Wednesday and he added individual championships in the 50 freestyle on Thursday and the 200 freestyle on Friday.
Fiorillo helped Albion rebound to a fourth-place finish in the MIAA, up from sixth a year ago.
Albion's team score got a boost from having Melpolder finish third in the 1,650 freestyle with a NCAA Championship 'B' cut time of 16:13.03, Tom Parsons finish fifth in the 200 backstroke (1:57.66), and Josh Boren finish sixth in the 200 butterfly, going 1:57.69 in the evening to improve his preliminary time by nearly a second.
Not to be outdone, Julie Okorn captured her second individual league title when she won the 200 butterfly with a NCAA Championship 'B' qualifying standard of 2:08.57. Okorn won the 400 individual medley on Friday.
Anna Hargrove earned a silver medal in the 200 backstroke. Her time of 2:07.56 was two seconds off the pace set by champion Hannah Larson from Hope College.
Okorn and Hargrove joined Laura Steavenson and Mackenzie Chesley in a third-place performance in the 400 free relay.
Albion settled for fifth place in the women's team standings, finishing 13 points behind fourth-place Alma College.
Haley Defeyter and Tess Haadsman put some points in Albion's column when they finished seventh and 10th, respectively, in the 1,650 freestyle. Defeyter completed her race in 18:39.11.
Albion's team score got a boost from having three women swim in the consolation of the 200 breaststroke. Emily Pinter won the consolation race, shaving more than 3 ½ seconds off her preliminary time, to finish ninth overall. Lindy Williams and Claire Wittkowski finished 12th and 13th, respectively.
The Britons also had two women in the consolation of the 200 butterfly. Chesley and Claire VanRaaphorst finished 10th and 13th, respectively.
Kara Bowers finished 15th in the 200 backstroke.
Final Men's Team Scores: 1. Kalamazoo 895.5. 2. Calvin 666. 3. Hope 527.5. 4. Albion 464.5. 5. Olivet 367. 6. Alma 246.5.
Final Women's Team Scores: 1. Calvin 802.5. 2. Hope 764.5. 3. Kalamazoo 569.5. 4. Alma 406. 5. Albion 393. 6. Olivet 232. 7. Saint Mary's 224.5.