Hope College Men's Swimming & Diving Preview

Charlie Emmert and Mike Wurster will drive the Hope College men's swimming & diving team this season with the talent, dedication, and determination.

The two seniors are captaining a smaller Flying Dutchmen roster that is aiming for big performances in the pool, head coach John Patnott said.

"Both work very hard," Patnott said. "They're lead by example captains. This is what we do and how we do it.

"We're a little smaller team. We're going to look to individual performances. You need the same kind of enthusiasm from your team as you need for a larger battle for the league championship. You need your captains to generate that enthusiasm and accountability."

Hope opens the 2017-18 season this weekend with the annual Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Relays.

The nonscoring meet will be held at Calvin College, with a 6 p.m. start time. It does not count toward the MIAA championship.

Wurster, from Indianapolis, Indiana (Brebeuf Jesuit Prep), pictured at right, swims the 100- and 200-yard backstroke for the Flying Dutchmen.

Patnott said Wurster is looking build on a strong finish last season after switching to the 200 individual medley from the 50-yard freestyle.

Emmert, from Grand Blanc, Michigan (Flint Powers Catholic), pictured at left, will compete in the 100- and 200-yard freestyle as well as the 500-yard freestyle.

Emmert is one of Hope's two returning All-MIAA performers. He qualified for the final in five races at last season's MIAA Championships and took third in three of them.

Sophomore Daniel Clyde of Ann Arbor, Michigan (Huron) claimed All-MIAA honors in his first season a year ago. He took third in three events at the MIAA Championships and reached the finals in six of them.

The Flying Dutchmen's roster features five seniors, four juniors, six sophomores and one freshman.

2017-18 Roster | 2017-18 Schedule

Other seniors are diver Kevin Franz of Mundelein, Illinois (Mundelein), swimmer Joseph Watson of Grand Rapids, Michigan (Catholic Central), and diver Kyle Weck of Marshall, Michigan (Marshall).

Hope welcomes two new assistant coaches this season: Nathan Brown, a former swimming standout at Messiah, Pennsylvania, and Rebecca Mumby, a former diving standout at Calvin College.

The Flying Dutchmen's schedule includes five dual meets and four invitationals before the MIAA Championships at Calvin College from Wednesday-Saturday, February 21-24.

Hope will host the Michigan-Illinois Quad on Saturday, January 13 at Holland Community Aquatic Center.

The Flying Dutchmen will swim two MIAA dual meets at home at Kresge Natatorium on campus: Saturday, January 6 against Kalamazoo and Saturday, January 20 against Olivet for Senior Day.

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