MIAA Swimming & Diving Championships Preview: Chloe Palajac

Hope College swimmer Chloe Palajac enters the 2018 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Swimming & Diving Championships as the swimmer to beat in three different individual events.

The senior from Dearborn, Michigan (Dearborn) is determined to take everything in stride during this week's league meet at Calvin College.

"My mentality has changed a little from when I was a freshman. I remember going in and it felt like every race was some new challenge," Palajac said. "It's gotten better every year being handle to handle the pressure. I want to win for my teammates. I feel like I'm going to have some fun and race for myself and my teammates. I am trying to swim without any pressure."

The four-day MIAA Championships begin Wednesday at 7 p.m.

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There is live video scheduled throughout the meet.

Palajac is seeded first in a team-high three individual events: the 100 butterfly with a top swim of 57.40 seconds, the 200 individual medley with a top time of 2:09.64, and the 400 individual medley with a top swim of 4:42.59.

Hope has three of the top four seeds in three different events.

After Palajac in the 400 individual medley, sophomore Erin Emmert of Grand Blanc, Michigan (Flint Powers Catholic) is second with a top swim of 4:43.03. Freshman Emma Schaefer of DeWitt, Michigan (St. Johns) is fourth with a top time of 4:45.28.

Sophomore Paula Nolte of Elmhurst, Illinois (York Community) in first in the 100 breaststroke with a top time of 1:07.85. Sophomore Erica Slenk of Zeeland, Michigan (Holland Christian) is third with a top swim of 1:08.95, while Schaefer is fourth with a top time of 1:09.49.

Hope also holds three of the top four seeds in the 200 breaststroke. Slenk is first with a top swim of 2:28.83. Nolte is third with a top time of 2:30.09, while Schaefer is fourth with a top time of 2:31.15.

Palajac and Emmert are 1-2 in the 200 butterfly with top swims of 2:08.49 and 2:08.68, respectively.

Freshman Meg Peel of Spring Lake, Michigan (Spring Lake) leads all MIAA 100 backstrokers with a top swim of 56.38. Teammate Hope Reynolds is fourth with a a top time of 58.50.

The Flying Dutch also have the top seed in the 400 medley relay with a top swim of 3:56.98.

Palajac said she and her teammates are aiming to claim the team championship as well as achieve individual successes.

"It would be awesome if we could win it," Palajac said. "It's really hard to do that. Winning is our goal every year. I believe we can. It will take everyone bringing as much as they can and doing their best."

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