Junior Jeff Shade maintains Hope's MIAA dominance in 400 IM.
FRIDAY'S MIAA CHAMPIONS
Sarah Sohn, Jeff Shade, Jacob Hunt, Libby Westrate
SWIMMING & DIVING
MIAA Championships are Underway
Hope's teams remain in second place in their respective races at the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) swimming and diving championships after Friday's action.
Men's Standings: 1. Kalamazoo 567, 2. Hope 542, 3. Olivet 437, 4. Calvin 365, 5. Albion 227, 6. Alma 159.
Women's Standings: 1. Calvin 556, 2. Hope 465, 3. Kalamazoo 401, 4. Saint Mary's 221, 5. Olivet 213, 6. Albion 209, 7. Alma 149.
Hope captured the gold medal in both the men's and women's 400-yard individual medley. For the second time in this meet, junior Sarah Sohn of Arlington Heights, Ill. (Prospect) successfully defended her title. On Thursday she repeated as champion of the 500-yard freestyle. Her IM time was 4:36.75. Junior Jeff Shade of Davison (Davison HS) gave Hope the 400 IM crown for a fifth consecutive year with a time of 4:07.42.
Freshman Jacob Hunt of Muskegon (Mona Shores) won the 100-yard butterfly with a conditional quyalifying time (:50.10) for the national meet.
Sophomore Libby Westrate of Grandville (Grandville HS) became a double winner as she captured the 200-yard freestyle title (1:54.41). Her time was a conditional qualifying performance for nationals although not her best time of the season (1:53.98). She earlier set a Hope record in winning the 50-yard freestyle.
The men's 200-yard medley relay had a conditional national qualifying time (1:32.97) behind a second place finish. The relay members were sophomore Nick Hazekamp of Janesville, Wisc. (Joseph A. Craig HS), freshman Alexander Perkins of Brighton (Howell HS), freshman Jacob Hunt of Muskegon (Mona Shores HS), and junior Patrick Frayer of Grand Rapids (East GR HS).
Hope moved into first place in the meet standings for the first time behind a strong showing in the 100-yard breaststroke. With four swimmers finishing in the top eight, the Flying Dutchmen outscored Kalamazoo 57-30 to gain a 461-453 advantage after 11 events. Hope finishers were #2 - sophomore Geoff Ludema of Ada (GR Christian HS); #3 - junior Michael Huisingh of Holland (Holland HS), #6 - freshman Alexander Perkins of Brighton (Howell HS), and #8 - Mark Waterstone of Holland (Holland HS).
The Flying Dutch won Friday's final event, the 800-yard freestyle relay. The quartet of Sarah Sohn, a junior from Arlington Heights, Ill. (Prospect HS); Bethany Schmall, a freshman from Portage (Portage Central HS); Chelsea Wiese, a junior from Rochester (Rochester Adams HS); and Libby Westrate, a junior from Grandville (Grandville HS), was timed in a season-best 7:46.70.