Senior Joel Rietsema will bid to be 800 All-American again.
TRACK & FIELD
Two Hope Athletes Advance to Championship Finals
NCAA Championships Website / Livestats / Live Video
Hope College will have two athletes competing in the finals of events at the NCAA Division III track and field championships on Saturday in Lacrosse, Wisc.
On Friday senior Joel Rietsema (Rockford/Rockford HS) advanced to the finals of the 800-meter run for the second year in-a-row by with the fifth fastest time among 22 competitors in the prelims. The top nine finishers advanced to the final. Rietsema was fourth in his heat with a season-best time of 1:51.10. A year ago Rietsema achieved All-America status by finishing fourth in the finals. He holds the Hope school record of 1:50.38.
Also competing in the finals of an event on Saturday will be senior Sarah Venlet (Zeeland/Holland Christian HS) in the 400-meter hurdles. She advanced to the finals with a school-record performance (1:01.40) in Thursday's prelim.
Senior TJ Klein Receives All-Region Baseball Honors
An outstanding senior season that played a significant part in
Hope's march to a league co-championship has resulted in a post-season honor
for TJ Klein
of Circle Pines, Minn. (Centennial HS) who has been named to the American
Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings all-region team. A three-year starter in centerfield, Klein was co-captain of the team as a junior and senior. He received All-MIAA honors for three seasons, second team in his sophomore and junior years and first team as a senior. continue
Senior Laura Tjepkema is an Academic All-American
Hope's All-time Academic All-Americans
For the second time in her career, senior Laura Tjepkema of Dorr (South Christian HS) has been named a Capital One Softball Academic All-American. An education major with a special education emphasis she is a first team honoree after having been named to the third team as a junior. Tjepkema maintained a perfect 4.0 grade point average over her collegiate career. She was a two-time all-conference (MIAA) first team honoree and received All-Region honors as a senior.continue
Libby Westrate Receives Academic Recognition
Recent Hope graduate Libby Westrate of Grandville (Grandville HS) has been named to the Division III Capital One Academic All-District team in the at-large category. A biology major with a minor in Spanish, Westrate was captain of the swimming/diving team as a junior and senior and was named the outstanding female swimmer in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) both years. She was named Hope's outstanding female athlete in the Class of 2013. continue
Spring Sports Letterwinners Announced
Letterwinners on spring sports teams at Hope College have been announced by athletic directors Tim Schoonveld and Eva Dean Folkert. The spring season culminated a successful year of intercollegiate athletics as every Hope team qualified for their respective post-season conference tournament. Spring sports conference championships were won in baseball and men’s and women’s tennis. For the first time, varsity letters were awarded to lacrosse players who had their inaugural collegiate season this spring. continue
Registration Underway for Annual Golf Outing
Registration is underway for the annual Hope College golf outing, the “Bob DeYoung Hope Classic,” which will be held Monday, June 10, at Ravines Golf Club in Saugatuck. continue