A new best time was entered into the Hope men's swimming and diving record books on Thursday night during competition at the 2018 Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Championships.
Sophomore Daniel Clyde of Ann Arbor, Michigan (Huron HS) set a new Hope mark in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 1:52.51, besting Phil Heyboer's old record of 1:52.79 set in 2010. The time earned Clyde (pictured right) second place and a silver medal in the event.
The Flying Dutchmen's other medal finish came from junior Brian Simonich of Highland, Michigan (Milford HS) who claimed third place in one-meter diving.
The Hope College men's swimming and diving team currently stands in third place at the MIAA Championships with 187 points while host Calvin College leads with a score of 356 points. Albion College is in second with 269, Olivet College is fourth with 96, and Alma College is fifth with 90.
Hope's other final heat performers included:
- Senior Charlie Emmert of Grand Blanc, Michigan (Powers Catholic HS) who finished in fourth place in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:39.74;
- Senior Mike Wurster of Indianapolis, Indiana (Brebeuf Jesuit Prep) who took seventh place in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 1:57.77,
- Senior Kevin Franz of Mundelein, Indiana (Mundelein HS) who placed seventh in one-meter diving;
- Sophomore Keon Rick of Spring Lake, Michigan (Spring Lake HS), Emmert, Clyde, and Wurster who finished in fourth place in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:26.20; and,
- Senior Joseph Watson of Grand Rapids, Michigan (Catholic Central HS), Emmert, Wurster, and Clyde who touch the wall fourth in the 400-yard medley relay in 3:30.64.
Consolation finishers who also contributed were:
- Junior Jeff Engle of Kalamazoo, Michigan (Home School), senior Brian Brown of Lemont, Illinois (Brother Rice), and sophomore Seth Costello of Williamston, Michigan (Williamston HS) who finished 10th (4:55.45), 11th (4:55.47), and 15th (5:00.99) respectively in the 500-yard freestyle; and,
- Rick with a 15th place in 22.62 in the 50-yard freestyle.
"We lack depth on the men's side," said head coach John Patnott, "but we have good top guys who had a lot of personal best swims tonight and that's what we are going to continue to focus on the rest of the way."
The 2018 MIAA Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Championships continue at Calvin's Venema Aquatic Center on Friday with prelims at 10:00 a.m. and finals at 5:30 p.m.