Men's Swimmers Open Season At Oakland Relays

Hope College men's and women's swimmers started the 2019-20 season by competing against two NCAA Division I and Division II teams at the Oakland University Relays in Rochester, Michigan.

The Flying Dutchmen finished fourth in two different events en route to a third-place total of 520 points.

The Flying Dutch took fifth in two events for a fourth-place score of 476.

The meet included swimmers from Vanderbilt University, Wayne State University and Oakland.

In the men's meet, Hope's 200-yard freestyle relay of junior Daniel Keith of Saline, Michigan (Saline), freshman Gabe Boonstra of Hudsonville, Michigan (Hudsonville), freshman JT Nissen of Spring, Texas (Klein Collins) and senior Daniel Clyde of Ann Arbor, MIchigan (Huron) clocked a fourth-place time of 1 minute, 27.12 seconds.

The Flying Dutchmen's 800 freestyle relay of Keith, freshman Bailey Smith of Battle Creek, Michigan (Lakeview), freshman Brant Assink of Holland, Michigan (Holland Christian) and junior Will Benner of State College, Pennsylvania (State College Area) recorded a fourth-place effort of 7:17.85.

In the women's meet, Hope's top performances came in the 800 freestyle relay and the 400 individual medley relay.

The 800 freestyle relay of freshman Tarah Lang of Marshall, Michigan (Marshall), junior Emma Schaefer of DeWitt, Michigan (St. Johns), sophomore Emma Engle of Kalamazoo, Michigan (Home School) and senior Erin Emmert of Grand Blanc, Michigan (Flint Powers Catholic) posted a time of 8:10.86.

The 400 IM relay of sophomore Aubrey East of Farmington Hills, Michigan (North Farmington), junior Paula Nolte of Elmhurst, Illinois (York Community), freshman Macey Mayer of San Antonio, Texas (Johnson) and junior Hope Reynolds of Exon, Pennsylvania (Villa Maria) finished in 4:26.64.

Hope's next meet is the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Relays on Friday, October 25 at Calvin University.

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