Men's Swimming & Diving Finishes Third At 2017 MIAA Championship

A satisfying finish for the Hope College men's swimming & diving team saw the Flying Dutchmen finish ahead of rival Kalamazoo for third place at the 2017 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Champion on Saturday.

The Flying Dutchmen scored 652 points over the four-day event at Holland Community Aquatic Center. Kalamazoo placed fourth with 501 points.

Albion, coached by Hope College graduate Jake Taber '04, unseated Calvin as MIAA champ with 985 points. Calvin was second with 772 points.

Hope coach John Patnott said his team achieved one of its goals in topping Kalamazoo.

"We were able to swim very well for most of our events," Patnott said. "I'm very proud of them."

The 400 freestyle relay of senior Ryan Johnson of Milford, Michigan (International Academy), junior Mike Wurster of Indianapolis, Indiana (Brebeuf Jesuit), junior Charlie Emmert of Grand Blanc, Michigan (Flint Powers Catholic), and freshman Daniel Clyde of Ann Arbor, Michigan (Huron) finished third in 3 minutes, 7.66 seconds.

Wurster led a group of five 200 backstrokers who scored by taking fourth in 1:54.11.

He was followed by teammates: senior Christian Otteman of Zeeland, Michigan (East) in fifth at 1:54.55, Clyde in sixth at 1:56.31, senior Danny Sullivan of Columbus, Ohio (Upper Arlington) in seventh at 2:00.49, and freshman Ethan Yau of Chicago, Illinois (Chicago Prep) in 12th at 2:07.25.

Hope placed four in the 1,650 freestyle final: sophomore Jeff Engle of Kalamazoo, Michigan (Home School) in fourth at 16:54.26, junior Brian Brown of Lemont, Illinois (Brother Rice) in eighth at 17:15.65, sophomore John Hackley of Wilmette, Illinois (New Trier) in 11th at 17:28.09, and sophomore Trevor Gras of Zeeland, Michigan (Zeeland East) in 13th at 18:12.51.

Emmert took fourth in the 200 butterfly with a swim of 1:53.21. Yau was 15th at 2:11.80.

Senior Trevor Wagoner of Hixson, Tennessee (McCallie) came in sixth in the 200 breaststroke at 2:11.93. Sophomore Josh Meade was 12th at 2:17.21.

Johnson finished eighth in the 100 freestyle at 48.00 seconds. Junior Joseph Watson placed 13th at 49.00, while freshman Keon Rick of Spring Lake, Michigan (Spring Lake) was 16th at 50.28.

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