Men's Swimming & Diving Takes First In Eight Events, Edged By Albion

by Alan Babbitt

The Hope College men's swimming & diving team recorded eight winning performances during a 160-136 dual meet loss to Albion College on Saturday at Kresge Natatorium.

Junior Daniel Clyde of Ann Arbor, Michigan (Huron HS) clocked the fastest swims in three events: the 100-yard butterfly in 53.47 seconds, the 200 butterfly in 2:01.81 and the 200 individual medley in 1:59.45.

Sophomore Daniel Keith of Saline, Michigan (Saline HS) finished first in the 100 freestyle with a swim of 46.42 seconds and the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:42.40.

Clyde and Keith teamed with junior Seth Costello of Williamston, Michigan (Williamston) and freshman Nick Weigle of Grandville, Michigan (Grandville) for a winning 200 medley relay of 1:39.18.

Sophomore Grant Williams of Grand Rapids, Michigan (East Grand Rapids) took first in 3-meter diving by posting a score of 314.85.

Senior Brian Simonich of Highland, Michigan (Milford) won 1-meter diving with a total of 299.55 points. Williams was runner-up with 293.10 points.

Sophomore Will Benner of State College, Pennsylvania (State College Area) placed second in both the 100 breaststroke with a swim of 1:04.36 and the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:08.07.

Freshman Liam Faber of Grand Rapids, Michigan (East Kentwood) was runner-up in the both the 200 breaststroke with a swim of 2:20.25 and the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:06.17.

Junior Jeff Engle of Kalamazoo, Michigan (Home School) came in second in the 1000 freestyle by recording a swim of 10:49.60.

Hope's next meet is Saturday, February 2 at home against Alma College.

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