Roster Size: 29
Returning Letterwinners: 20
Co-Head Coaches: John Patnott (39th season) and Jake Taber (1st season)
Assistant Coaches: Kyle Garase (first season) and Rebecca Garza (second season)
2017-18 Team Highlights: College Swim Coaches Association of America Scholar All-America team, Four CSCAA Scholar All-Americans, MIAA Team GPA award recipient, 19 members of MIAA Academic Honor Roll, 8 individual and 1 relay MIAA champion, and second-place finish in team standings at MIAA Championships.
Captains: Betsy Craig, Erin Emmert (pictured), Sara Plohetski, Alison Sobkowski
Team Makeup: Six seniors, six juniors, nine sophomores and eight freshmen
John Patnott, pictured at left, started the Hope College swimming program in 1978 and has coached 120 All-Americans and had national champions 31 times during his Hope career. He has also had 41 Academic All-Americans since 1984. He announced on April 20, 2018, that he will retire following the conclusion of the 2018-19 season.
Jake Taber, pictured at right, returns to his alma mater after successful head coaching stints at Albion College (2012-18) and Olivet College (2007-2012). He swam for John Patnott before graduating in 2004. He also was an assistant coach for Patnott for three seasons at Hope before becoming a head coach.
Emma Schaefer, pictured, and the Flying Dutch's first meet of the 2018-19 season is Friday, October 26 at the MIAA Relays at Holland Community Aquatic Center beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Other home meets include Friday, November 2 against Davenport University at the Kresge Natatorium on campus, Saturday, January 26 against Albion College at Kresge Natatorium; Saturday, February 2 vs. Alma College and Kresge Natatorium; and Saturday, February 9 vs. Calvin College at Holland Community Aquatic Center.
Hope College will host the 2019 MIAA Championships at Holland Community Aquatic Center on Wednesday-Saturday, February 20-23.
John Patnott - "I think we are better in the freestyle events this year, maybe a little deeper in the stroke events. Calvin dominated the freestyle events last year. We dominated the stroke events. I think it's going to be a close meet at conference."
Jake Taber — "We have a small army of breaststrokers. Part of our challenge as coaches might be picking the hot hand in events. Our depth is a great problem to have."
Photo of Betsy Craig by Lynne Powe