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.
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.
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.