Men's Swim/Dive Wins 10 Events, Finishes First at Davenport

Bailey Smith poses for portrait Daniel Keith poses for portrait Grant Williams poses for portrait by Alan Babbitt

Ten first-place performances powered the Hope College men's swimming and diving team to a winning, two-day score of 983.50 points at Davenport University this weekend.

The Flying Dutchmen finished ahead of runner-up Kalamazoo College's 972.50 points and NCAA Division II University of Findlay (Ohio)'s 884.

Diver Grant Williams, and swimmers Daniel Keith and Bailey Smith, pictured from left to right, each recorded two first-place performances.

Williams swept diving with winning efforts of 529.95 points on the 3-meter board and 481.30 points on the 1-meter board. The junior from Grand Rapids, Michigan (East Grand Rapids HS) improved his team 1-meter dive record for six dives with a total of 327.3.

Keith swam the fastest in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle. The junior from Saline, Michigan (Saline) won the 50 freestyle in 21.40 and the 100 freestyle in 46.42. 

Smith led a 1-2-3 Hope sweep in the 500 freestyle and placed first in the 1,650 freestyle. The freshman from Battle Creek, Michigan (Lakeview) clocked times in the 500 freestyle of 4:53.29 and 1,650 freestyle of 16:57.73.

Teammate Gabe Boonstra of Hudsonville, Michigan (Hudsonville) was runner-up in the 100 freestyle at 46.90 and third in the 50 freestyle at 21.67.

Freshman Theo Duong of Kentwood, Michigan (East Kentwood) finished runner-up in the 1,650 free at 4:57.23. Freshman Brant Assink of Holland, Michigan (Holland Christian) was third at 4:58.40.

Boonstra and Smith went 1-2 in the 200 freestyle with swims of 1:46.16 and 1:46.86, respectively.

Freshman JT Nissen of Spring, Texas (Klein Catholic) and Assink finished 1-2 in the 200 butterfly at 2:02.70 and 2:06.43, respectively.

The Flying Dutchmen won two relays and finished runner-up in another.

In the 200 freestyle relay, Keith, Smith, freshman Jackson Uyl of DeWitt, Michigan (DeWitt), and Boonstra clocked a first-place swim of 1:27.16.

In the 400 freestyle relay, Nissen, sophomore Andrew Dwan of Bay City, Michigan (John Glenn), Keith and Boonstra recorded a winning time of 3:11.93.

Hope's 200 medley relay of Keith, freshman Jack Muller of Queensland, Australia (Meridan), freshman Andre Aro of Kalamazoo, Michigan (Kalamazoo Central), and Boonstra took second with a swim of 1:36.92.

Keith was runner-up in the 100 butterfly at 51.80.

The Flying Dutchmen's next meet is Wednesday, November 13 at Albion College. | PO Box 9000, Holland, Michigan 49422