Motivated as a senior and as a co-captain, Trevor Wagoner is looking to drive the Hope College men's swimming & diving team toward realizing their individual and collective goals at the 2017 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Championship.
The Hixson, Tennessee native (McCallie HS) is excited about the prospects for the four-day event the Flying Dutchmen are hosting at Holland Community Aquatic Center.
"As a captain, I'm looked on as a leader on the team. As a senior, I've done this three times before," Wagoner said. "The underclassmen are going to be looking toward us as seniors, myself and Christian (Otteman), as captains, as examples for how to behave during the meet - how to keep our attitudes strong, stay energetic and engaged, and how to physically recover and rest between days. It's a really long meet.
"Individually, we want people to swim fast, go personal bests. As a team, we're trying to better our performance from last year."
The Flying Dutchmen placed third at last season's MIAA Championship at Calvin.
Senior Jean Luc Miralda of Tegucigalpa, Honduras (American HS) is the reigning MIAA champion in 3-meter diving. He also finished MIAA runner-up in 1-meter diving en route to All-MIAA honors.
Calvin is the reigning MIAA champion. Albion beat Calvin in a dual meet earlier this season, but only the team score at the league meet determines the MIAA champ.
Both Albion and Calvin have the deepest lineups in the six-team field that includes Alma and Olivet.
"If we can be second or first, great, but our goal is we want to swim well and see if we can get some championships that way," Patnott said.
The MIAA Championship begins on Wednesday at 7 p.m. with one session.
There are 10 a.m. preliminaries and 5:30 p.m. finals on Thursday-Saturday.
All-session passes for the MIAA Championship are $35 for adults and $25 for non-MIAA students.
Individual session tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for non-MIAA students, and MIAA faculty and staff. All MIAA students are admitted free with ID.