http://www.hope.edu/news/2011/03/09/two-hope-swimmers-qualify-for-nationals.html
posted March 9, 2011

Two Hope Swimmers Qualify for Nationals

Two members of the Hope swimming teams have qualified for the NCAA Division III championships to be held March 23-26 at the Allan Jones Aquatic Center in Knoxville, Tenn. Sophomores Libby Westrate of Grandville (Grandville HS) and Josh Grabijas of Howell (Howell HS) will each compete in three freestyle events.

° Westrate enters the national competition as the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) champion in the 50, 100 and 200 yard freestyle events. Her best seed is in the 50-yard where she is 10th (:23.59) among 49 entrants. She is also seeded 23rd (:51.83) among 51 entrants in the 100-yard freestyle and 35th (1:53.98) in the 200-yard freestyle. She will be competing at nationals for the second year. Her finishes as a freshman were: 18th in the 50, 19th in the 100 and 34th in the 200

° Grabijas was the MIAA champion in the 500-yard and 1,650-yard freestyle. At nationals his best seed is in the marathon 1,650 at 15th (15:57.27) among 22 qualifiers. He is also seeded 25th (4:36.73) in the 500-yard freestyle and 36th (1:42.31) in the 200-yard freestyle. He will competing at nationals for the second year. His finishes as a freshman were: 18th in the 1,650, 33rd in the 500 and 48th in the 200.