Men's Swim/Dive Finish Fourth in the MIAA

by Eva Dean Folkert

Daniel Clyde poses for a portrait Daniel Keith poses for a portrait The Hope College men's swimming and diving team wrapped up their 2019 season at the MIAA Championships at the Holland Aquatic Center with a fourth-place league finish on Saturday night.

The Flying Dutchmen ended the meet with a total of 467 points.

Albion College unseated defending-champion Calvin College to win the league title. The Britons won with 912 points. Calvin took second place with 886 points while Kalamazoo was third with 496, Alma fifth with 236, and Olivet College had 176.

Recap of championship meet coverage

Hope got one gold, one silver and one bronze medal performance on Saturday.

Junior Daniel Clyde of Ann Arbor, Michigan (Huron HS), pictured right, claimed his second title of the championship by winning the 200 butterfly in 1:52.39. Clyde also won the 400 individual medley on Friday night. 

Sophomore Daniel Keith of Saline (Saline HS), pictured left, was runnerup in the 100 freestyle with a time of 45.76, missing first place by only two hundredths of a second.

The 400 medley relay team of Clyde, Keith, Nick Weigle of Grandville (Grandville HS), and Keon Rick of Spring Lake, Michigan (Spring Lake HS) took third, touching in at 3:07.91.

In the 1650-yard freestyle, junior Skylar De La Torre of St. Joseph (Lakeshore HS) and senior Trevor Gras of Zeeland (Zeeland East HS) came in 11th (17:25.39) and 15th (17:58.67), respectively. 

Also in a finals heat was junior Seth Costello of Williamston, Michigan who finished eighth in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:00.78.

Consolation heat finishers for the Flying Dutchmen on Saturday were:

  • Gras and freshman James Bird of Rockford (Rockford HS) who took 11th (2:01.37) and 12th (2:05.82) in the 200 backstroke;
  • Weigle, Rick, and freshman Andrew Dwan of Bay City (John Glenn HS), taking 12th (48.56), 13th (48.89) and 14th (48.91), respectively, in the 100 freestyle;
  • Freshman Faber of Grand Rapids (East Kentwood HS) and sophomore Timothy Boyce of Rochester, Minnesota (Lourdes HS) who claimed 11th (2:14.90) and 16th (2:24.36), respectively, in the 200 breaststroke; and,
  • Senior Jeff Engle of Kalamazoo (Homeschool) raced to a 13th-place time of 2:04.22 in the 200 butterfly.

"We had some great swims. We had some step-up swims, some breakout swims, some inspirational swims with time drops," said co-head coach Jake Taber. "Just the way that the guys competed...I'm proud of every effort."