Men's Swim/Dive Tops Two Opponents at Two Separate Meets

The Hope College men's swimming and diving team divided forces and traveled to two separate locations to compete in two separate meets on Saturday. In each, the Flying Dutchmen were victorious.

At MIAA opponent Alma College, Hope overwhelmed the Scots by a 156-83 margin.

Against Saginaw Valley State University at East Kentwood High School, Hope narrowly downed its NCAA Division II opponent, 147-146.


Keon Rick poses for portrait Senior Keon Rick of Spring Lake (Spring Lake HS), pictured right, claimed top individual spots in three events – the 50 free in 22.79, 100 free in 50.24, and the 100 butterfly in 24.73.

Senior Seth Costello of Williamston (Williamston HS) was victorious twice in the 50 backstroke (27.39) and 200 backstroke (2:08.68).

In the 200 breaststroke and 200 individual medley, Will Benner of State College, Pennsylvania (State College Area HS) won each with times of 2:23.62 and 2:12.56, respectively.

Freshman Brant Assink of Holland (Holland Christian HS) touched out first in the 200 butterfly in 2:09.86, while freshman Andre Aro of Kalamazoo (Kalamazoo Central HS) won in 1:53.88 in the 200 freestyle.

Hope won both relays against Alma. Costello, Aro, Benner, and sophomore James Mandeville of Manistee (Terre Haute South Vigo HS) won the opening 400-yard medley relay with a time of 3:56.29. In the 200 free relay, Assink, Rick, freshman Ethan Wilson of Franklin, Wisconsin (Franklin HS), and sophomore Andrew Dwan of Bay City (John Glenn HS) claimed the 200 freestyle relay, going 1:33.36.


Bailey Smith poses for portrait Daniel Keith poses for portrait Freshman Bailey Smith of Battle Creek (Battle Creek Lakeview HS), pictured right, and junior Daniel Keith of Saline (Saline HS), pictured left, were both two-time winners.

Smith was victorious in the 1000-yard freestyle and 500-yard freestyle with times of 9:56.97 and 4:52.13, respectively. Keith finished first in the 200 freestyle in 1:44.12 and in the 100 freestyle in 46.88.

Senior Daniel Clyde of Ann Arbor (Huron HS) took the top spot in the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:21.72 while also taking second place in the 200 backstroke in 2:05.62.

Sophomore diver Kamaron Wilcox of Grand Rapids (Forest Hills Central HS) finished first on the 3-meter board and second on the one-meter boards with 262.05 and 253.20 points, respectively. 

Other second-place finishers were freshman Theo Duong of Kentwood (East Kentwood HS) in the 1000 freestyle (10:04.35); freshman Jack Muller of Queensland, Australia (Meridan State HS) in the 100 breaststroke (1:00.91); freshman Gabe Boonstra of Hudsonville (Hudsonville HS) in the 50 freestyle (21.77); and, freshman diver Spencer Cahill of Kentwood (East Kentwood HS) on the 3-meter board (231.20).

Hope also won both relays against Davenport and SVSU. In the opening 200 medley relay, Keith, Muller, Clyde and Boonstra finished first with a time of 1:35.20.

Needing to win the concluding 200 free relay to win the meet, Boonstra, Keith, JT Nissen of Spring, Texas (Klein Collins HS) and Jackson Uyl of DeWitt (DeWitt HS) did just that with a time of 1:25.92.

The Flying Dutchmen finish their regular-season competition with two home meets next weekend. On Friday, January 31, Hope will swim against non-conference opponent Carthage College (Wisconsin) at 5 p.m. at the Dow Center. Then, on Saturday, February 1, Hope hosts Kalamazoo College at 11 a.m. | PO Box 9000, Holland, Michigan 49422