Three Hope College divers finished in succession in 3-meter competition to lead the Flying Dutchmen during Day 3 of the 2017 Michigan Intercollege Athletic Association Championship on Friday at Holland Community Aquatic Center.
Senior Jean Luc Miralda of Tegucigalpa, Honduras (American HS), sophomore Brian Simonich of Highland, Michigan (Milford), and junior Kevin Franz of Mundelein, Illinois (Mundelein) claimed third through fifth places.
Miralda took third with 487.90 points. Simonich came in fourth with 439.15, while Franz was fifth with 431.35.
Hope heads into the finale on Saturday with 458 points — 98 more than fourth-place Kalamazoo in the six-team event.
Albion, led by head coach Jake Taber '04, is closing in on its first MIAA title since 1971. The Britons have 685 points and lead second-place Calvin (522).
Freshman Daniel Clyde of Ann Arbor, Michigan (Huron) finished third in the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 4 minutes, 5.53 seconds.
Senior Christian Otteman of Zeeland, Michigan (East) placed fifth in 4:12.84. Sophomore Jeff Engle of Kalamazoo, Michigan (Home School) recorded a seventh-place effort of 4:17.32. Sophomore John Hackley of Wilmette, Illinois (New Trier) was 13th at 4:26.82.
Hope took fourth in the 200 medley relay. Otteman, senior Trevor Wagoner of Hixson, Michigan (McCallie), senior Danny Sullivan of Columbus, Ohio (Upper Arlington) and senior Ryan Johnson of Milford, Michigan (International) posted a time of 1:37.98.
Junior Charlie Emmert of Grand Blanc, Michigan (Flint Powers Catholic) finished fifth in the 100 butterfly at 51.22. Two teammates also placed: Johnson in ninth at 52.90 and freshman Keon Rick of Spring Lake, Michigan (Spring Lake) in 12th at 55.89.
Hope scored four in the 100 backstroke: junior Mike Wurster of Indianapolis, Indiana (Brebeuf Jesuit) in fifth at 52.32, Sullivan in sixth at 54.81, freshman Seth Costello of Williamston, Michigan (Williamston) in eighth at 56.26, and freshman Ethan Yau of Chicago (College Prep) was 11th at 58.21.
In the 200 freestyle, junior Joseph Watson of Grand Rapids, Michigan (Catholic Central) placed 12th after posting a time of 1:48.21 in the consolation final. Junior Brian Brown of Lemont, Illinois (Brother Rice) was 15th at 1:49.72.
In the 100 breaststroke, Wagoner came in 12th in the consolation final of 1:01.83. Sophomore Josh Meade of Kentwood, Michigan (East Kentwood) was 13th at 1:02.91.
Saturday's competition features preliminaries at 10 a.m. and finals at 5:30 p.m.