Men's Swimming & Diving Strengthens Hold On Third Place At MIAA Championship

The Hope College men's swimming & diving team bolstered its hold on third place at the 2017 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Championship on Thursday at Holland Community Aquatic Center.

The Flying Dutchmen have 228 points after two days to put them 46 points ahead of fourth-place Kalamazoo. Albion is in first with 313 points, while Calvin is second with 283.

Diver Jean Luc Miralda placed third in 1-meter diving. The senior from Tegucigalpa, Honduras (American) recorded a score of 463.65 points.

Two other divers scored for the Flying Dutchmen: Brian Simonich in sixth at 428.95 and Kevin Franz was seventh at 418.60.

Junior Charlie Emmert of Grand Blanc, Michigan (Flint Powers Catholic) came in third in the 500 freestyle by finishing in third at 4:40.06. Sophomore Jeff Engle of Kalamazoo, Michigan (Home School) was seventh at 4:51.35.

In the consolation final, the Flying Dutchmen had three swimmers competing: junior Brian Brown of Lemont, Illinois (Brother Rice) in 14th at 4:58.33, freshman Seth Costello of Williamston, Michigan (Williamston) in 15th at 5:03.46 and junior Joseph Watson of Grand Rapids, Michigan (Catholic Central) in 16th at 5:05.06.

Hope's 400 medley relay of junior Mike Wurster of Indianapolis, Michigan (Brebeuf Jesuit), senior Trevor Wagoner of Hixson, Tennessee (McCallie), Emmert and senior Ryan Johnson of Milford, Michigan (International Academy) finished third in 3:30.35.

Freshman Daniel Clyde of Ann Arbor, Michigan (Hurson) finished fourth in the 500 freestyle at 1:54.98. He was followed by Wurster in seventh at 1:58.35, senior Christian Otteman of Zeeland, Michigan (East) in ninth at 1:58.04, freshman Josh Meade of Kentwood, Michigan (East Kentwood) in 14th at 2:02.43, and Wagoner in 16th at 2:08.86.

Hope placed fourth in the 200 freestyle relay. Emmert, Clyde, Wurster and Johnson went 1:25.52.

Johnson was eighth in the 50 freestyle at 21.86. Freshman Keon Rick of Spring Lake, Michigan (Spring Lake) took 15th at 22.80.

The meet resumes on Friday, Feb. 17 with 10 a.m. preliminaries and 5:30 p.m. finals.

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