More Records Fall for Men's Swim/Dive at MIAA Championships

by Eva Dean Folkert

Dan Clyde swims the breaststroke. Junior Daniel Clyde, pictured top, keeps breaking school records at the 2019 MIAA Swimming and Diving Championships. Sophomore Daniel Keith, pictured middle, joined in in doing the same at the event. And sophomore Grant Williams, pictured bottom, earned his first MIAA diving title.

Photos by Lynne Powe

Along with the rest of the Hope College men's swimming and diving team, the trio has kept the Flying Dutchmen in third place overall, albeit narrow, at the meet hosted by Hope College at the Holland Aquatic Center. Calvin College leads the championships with a score of 617 points. Albion College is in second with 602, Hope is third with 345, Kalamazoo College is fourth with 340, Alma College is fifth with 160, and Olivet College has 126.

Dan Keith swims the freestyle. After knocking down a school record in the 200 individual medley on Thursday night at the league meet, Clyde set another on Friday. This time in the 400 individual medley, Clyde touched out in 3:57.14 and took down a nine-year-old school mark of 3:57.71, as well as a MIAA meet record of 4:00.24, both held since 2010 by Hope's Phil Heyboer.

Clyde's 400 IM performance also garnered him a national B-cut time.

Keith's second-place finish in the 200 freestyle set another school record with a time of 1:40.21. He broke the longstanding mark of 1:40.56 held by Brian Slagh since 2002.

"We had those two school records, but a lot of guys had personal best times," said co-head coach John Patnott. "They're racing well."

Diver Grant Williams in action. In diving, Williams of Grand Rapids (East Grand Rapids HS) was joined by senior Brian Simonich of Highland (Milford HS) and freshman Kamaron Wilcox of Grand Rapids (Forest Hills Central) in taking three of the top four places on the 3-meter board. Williams won the event with 526.05 points while Simonich was third with 464.90 and Wilcox fourth with 395.60. Williams' and Simonich's point totals were good for B-cut consideration.

Hope's other finals heat finisher was the 200 medley relay team of Seth Costello, Liam Faber, Andrew Dwan, and Keon Rick who finished in fourth place with a time of 1:39.7o.

Consolation heat finishers who also contributed on Friday were:

  • Senior Jeff Engle of Kalamazoo (Homeschool) and freshman Faber of Grand Rapids (East Kentwood HS) who claimed 11th (4:21.88) and 13th (4:27.81), respectively in the 400 individual medley.
  • Junior Rick of Spring Lake, Michigan (Spring Lake HS), finishing 13th with a time of 54.15 in the 100 butterfly;
  • Freshman Dwan of Bay City (John Glenn HS), taking 15th (1:50.00) and freshman Nick Weigle of Grandville (Grandville HS) finishing 16th (1:50.16) in the 200 freestyle;
  • Sophomore Timothy Boyce of Rochester, Minnesota (Lourdes HS) and freshman James Mandeville of Manistee (Terra Haute South Vigo), claiming 14th (1:04.52) and 16th (1:04.92), respectively, in the 100 breaststroke; and,
  • Junior Seth Costello of Williamston, Michigan, senior Trevor Gras of Zeeland, Michigan (Zeeland West HS) and freshman James Bird of Rockford (Rockford HS) coming in 8th (55.20), 10th (55.42), and 12th (56.48), respectively, in the 100 backstroke.

The 2019 MIAA Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Championships conclude at the Holland Aquatic Center on Saturday with prelims at 10:00 a.m. and finals at 5:30 p.m.

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