by Alan Babbitt
The Hope College women's and men's swimming & diving teams are hosting the 2019 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Swimming & Diving Championships on Wednesday-Saturday, February 20-23 at Holland Community Aquatic Center.
The four-day event begins on Wednesday at 6 p.m. with a Special Olympics 100-yard freestyle relay.
Action continues on Thursday-Saturday with preliminaries at 10 a.m. and finals at 5:30 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased at the door or online. All-session passes are $40 for adults and $20 for non-MIAA students. Individual session passes are $9 for adults and $5 for non-MIAA students.
Swimmer Emma Schaefer leads the Flying Dutch. The sophomore of DeWitt, Michigan (St. Johns HS) clocked the fastest times among MIAA swimmers during the regular season in two events.
Schaefer went 2 minutes, 9.09 seconds in the 200 individual medley and 2:28.15 in the 200 breaststroke.
Schaefer also is second in the 400 individual medley at 4:38.26 and third in the 100 breaststroke at 1:07.53.
Junior Erin Emmert of Grand Blanc, Michigan (Flint Powers Catholic) recorded the MIAA's top time in the 200 butterfly at 2:07.53.
Sophomore Meg Peel of Spring Lake, Michigan (Spring Lake) owns the second-fastest effort in the 200 backstroke at 2:05.97.
Freshman Paige Kuhn of Dorr, Michigan (Hamilton) posted the second-fastest swim in the 1,650 freestyle at 18.11.26.