by Eva Dean Folkert
A swimmer successfully defended his league title, a diver won Hope's first-ever MIAA crown on the 1-meter board, and a relay team crushed an 11-year-old school record on the second day of the 2020 at the MIAA Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Championships at Venema Aquatic Center at Calvin University.
After Thursday's results, the Flying Dutchmen are in second place with a score of 292 points. Calvin leads with 301 points while Albion College is third with 289, Kalamazoo College in at fourth with 183, Olivet College fifth with 160, and Alma College sixth with 101.
Junior Daniel Clyde of Ann Arbor, Michigan (Huron HS) claimed his second MIAA title in the 200-yard individual medley and also raced his way to a school record with a time of 1:50.76, besting his own mark set at last year's championship meet (1:50.87). The time earned Clyde, pictured left, a B-cut time for the NCAA championships.
Diver Kamaron Wilcox of Grand Rapids (Forest Hills Central HS), pictured right, became Hope's first MIAA champion on the 1-meter board. The sophomore scored 447.60 points and achieved NCAA regional-cut status, too.
In the evening's last event, the 400 medley relay team of junior Daniel Keith of Saline (Saline HS), freshman Jack Muller of Queensland, Australia (Meridan State), freshman Gabe Boonstra of Hudsonville (Hudsonville HS) and Clyde took first place by clocking 3:19.70. In doing so, the foursome broke the school record of 3:22.31 set in 2009 by Mitch Ruch, Brandon King, Ryan Nelis, and Matt Rose and earned an NCAA B-cut as well.
The Flying Dutchmen's other medal finishes came from freshman Bailey Smith of Battle Creek (Lakeview HS) who claimed second place in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:35.28, and freshman Spencer Cahill of Kentwood (East Kentwood HS) who took third place in 1-meter diving with 425.80 points, also good for an NCAA regional-cut.
Additionally, the 200 freestyle relay team of Keith, Boonstra, freshman Jackson Uyl of DeWitt (DeWitt HS), and Clyde swam to a second-place finish and an NCAA B-cut time, touching out in 1:21.92.
"The men competed really well," said head coach Jake Taber. "We kicked off with a solid 200 free relay and had a breakout performance in that race from (freshman) Jackson Uyl. That set the tone for the night and everyone fed off of it. We're really happy with where we are at right now."
Hope's other final heat performers included:
- Freshman Brant Assink of Holland (Holland Christian HS) who finished fifth in the 500 freestyle in 4:40.29;
- Keith who took fifth in the 200 individual medley by clocking a time of 1:55.71; and,
- Boonstra who swam to fifth place (20.86) and Uyl to eighth place (20.86) in the 50 free.
Consolation finishers who also contributed were:
- Freshman Theo Duong of Kentwood (East Kentwood HS) finishing in 10th place (4:45) and senior Seth Costello of Williamston (Willliamston HS) taking 16th place (5:05.87) in 500 freestyle;
- Muller clocked a 1:57.76, good for 11th in the 200 individual medley;
- Freshman JT Nissen of Spring, Texas (Klein Collins HS) finished 16th with a time of 21.66 in the 50 free;
- Nissen, senior Keon Rick of Spring Lake (Spring Lake HS), freshman Andre Aro of Kalamazoo (Kalamazoo Central HS), and sophomore Liam Faber of Grand Rapids (East Kentwood HS) going 1:27.15 for 11th place in the 200 free relay; and,
- Costello, freshman Ted Lockett of Cincinnati, Ohio (St. Xavier HS), Aro, and Uyl in 14th place in the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:33.96.
The 2020 MIAA Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Championships continue at Calvin on Friday with prelims at 10:00 a.m. and finals at 5:30 p.m.