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February 14, 2014

Flying Dutch Sweep Diving, Win 100 Butterfly At MIAA Championship

Hope College's Sarah Sheridan completed a sweep of diving events on Friday to help the Flying Dutch enter the final day of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Championships in second place.

The sophomore from Richmond, Ind. (Richmond HS), won the 1-meter diving event on Friday by recording a score of 423.35 points.

Photo of Jorgie Watson by Tom Renner, Hope College Sports Information.

Hope has 544 points heading into Saturday's finale at Calvin College. Reigning MIAA champion Calvin leads with 586 points.

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Sheridan topped a group of four Hope divers who finished in the top six in 1-meter diving. Junior Erica Dunham of Rockford (Rockford HS) took second with a score of 406.3 points. Sophomore Stephanie Polet of Grandville (Grandville HS) was fifth with 362.25 points, while sophomore Elizabeth Eader of West Point, Ky. (Home School), was sixth at 350.25.

Hope's Molly Meyer won the 100-yard butterfly in 58.47 seconds. The freshman from South Bend, Ind. (John Adams HS), also came in third in the 100 backstroke in 57.98.

Three other Hope swimmers competed in the championship heat of the 100 backstroke: senior Maria Kieft of Spring Lake (Spring Lake HS) in fifth at 59.00, sophomore Klare Northuis of Holland (Holland HS) in sixth at 59.18 and sophomore Michelle Hance of Noblesville, Ind. (Noblesville HS,) in seventh at 59.63.

Hope's 200 medley relay of Hance, sophomore Jorgie Watson of Grand Rapids (Catholic Central HS), Meyer and freshman Mikalya Freyling of Alto (Grand Rapids South Christian HS) placed second with a time of 1:46.94.

Sophomore Lindsay Wiederhold of Plainwell (Plainwell HS) was runner-up in the 400 individual medley by swimming 4:38.52.

Watson finished second in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:05.65. Teammate Taryn Gras of Zeeland (Zeeland East HS). was eighth at 1:10.96.

Junior Luisa Burgess of Pittsburgh, Pa. (Taylor Allderice HS), came in third in the 200 freestyle with a swim of 1:57.36. Sophomore Hannah Larson of Jackson (Jackson HS) was sixth at 1:58.25.

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