The Hope men's swimming and diving team kept a strong hold on third place in the 2018 MIAA Championships on Friday. The Flying Dutchmen have a total of 311 points.
Host Calvin College leads the championships with a score of 633.5 points. Albion College is in second with 583.5, Olivet College is fourth with 172, and Alma College is fifth with 133.
Sophomore Daniel Clyde (pictured) of Ann Arbor, Michigan (Huron HS) was Hope's top finisher on the night with second place in the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 4:03.67.
Senior Charlie Emmert of Grand Blanc, Michigan (Powers Catholic HS) came in fifth in the 200-yard freestyle, touching the wall at 1:43.39.
Senior Mike Wurster of Indianapolis, Indiana (Brebeuf Jesuit Prep) took sixth place in the 100-yard backstroke at 52.84.
And, junior Jeff Engle of Kalamazoo, Michigan (Home School) rounded out the individual finals finishers by taking eighth place in the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 4:20.09.
Consolation heat finishers who also contributed were:
- Sophomore Keon Rick of Spring Lake, Michigan (Spring Lake HS), finishing 13th with a time of 56.78 in the 100-yard butterfly;
- Senior Joseph Watson of Grand Rapids, Michigan (Catholic Central), taking 12th (1:48.14) and sophomore Skylar De La Torre of St. Joseph, Michigan (Lakeshore HS) finishing 15th (1:50.78) in the 200-yard freestyle;
- Freshman Timothy Boyce of Rochester, Minnesota (Lourdes HS) and sophomore Gus Dellacqua of Bloomington, Indiana (Bloomington North HS), claiming 11th (1:05.05) and 14th (1:06.92), respectively, in the 100-yard breaststroke; and,
- Junior Trevor Gras of Zeeland, Michigan (Zeeland West HS) in 12th (55.48), sophomore Seth Costello of Williamston, Michigan in 13th (56.05), and sophomore Ethan Yau of Chicago, Illinois (Univ II-Chicago College Prep) in 16th (58.43) in the 100-yard backstroke.
The 200-yard medley relay team of Gras, Boyce, Rick, and Watson finished in fourth place in the 200-yard medley replay, touching the wall at 1:29.71.
The 2018 MIAA Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Championships conclude at Calvin's Venema Aquatic Center on Saturday with prelims at 10:00 a.m. and finals at 5:30 p.m.