posted August 18, 1999

Swimmers Excel in Classroom

 Both Hope College swimming and diving teams have been honored for academic excellence during the 1998-99 school year by the College Swimming Coaches Association.
     This is the seventh time in eight years that both teams have
achieved Academic All-America status from the coaches
association.  The women's team has been honored eight consecutive
years.
     To qualify as an Academic All-America team,  the entire
squad must average at least a 2.80 on a 4.0 scale.
     The Hope women's team ranked sixth among all NCAA Division  
III squads by maintaining a cumulative 3.46 GPA.  The University
of Rochester, N.Y. topped the Division III women's honor roll
with a 3.58 GPA.  Two other MIAA colleges made the women's honor
roll -- Albion, fifth (3.48); Kalamazoo, 52nd (3.07).
     The men's team ranked 28th in the NCAA Division III category
with a cumulative 3.05 GPA.  Emory University of Atlanta and
Hendrix College of Arkansas led the Division III men's honor roll
with a 3.45 GPA.  Two other MIAA colleges made the men's honor
roll -- Albion, 11th (3.21) and Kalamazoo, 23rd (3.09).
     In addition, five Hope swimmers were designated Academic
All-Americans by the coaches association.  To qualify the
student-athlete needed to have qualified for the NCAA Division
III national championships and maintained at least a 3.5 grade
point average.
     Hope swimmers honored were Jenna Anderson of Cincinnati,
Ohio (Anderson HS), Tom Bouwens of Zeeland (Zeeland HS), Jarod
Lippert of Alma (Alma HS), Erinn Van Auken of Holland (West
Ottawa HS),  and Elizabeth VandenBerg of Beverly Hills
(Southfield Christian HS). Bouwens, Lippert and VanAuken will be
seniors this fall while VandenBerg will be a junior and Anderson
a sophomore.
     The Hope teams are coached by John Patnott,  Last year the
women's team won the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic
Association (MIAA) championship while the men's team finished
second.  Both teams had top ten finishes at the NCAA Division III
national championships, the women finishing fifth and the men
ninth.