Women's Swim/ Dive At A Glance
- Roster size: 29
- Returners: 16
- 2018 Season Recap: Hope women's swim/dive finished 6-1 in dual meets and had their highest finish in a multi-team meet with first place at the Michigan Illinois Quad.
- 2018 MIAA Championship Recap: The Flying Dutch claimed the MIAA title for the first time in 15 years at the MIAA Championships, hosted at the Holland Aquatic Center.
Pictured: Senior diver Areal Tolsma competes on the 3-meter board.
- Senior Paula Nolte, an All-MIAA swimmer in three of her previous seasons, is the three-time defending MIAA champ in the 200-yard breaststroke.
- Senior Erin Emmert is also a three-time All-MIAA swimmer. She won the 200-yard butterfly at last yer's MIAA Championships. She was also third in the 400-yard IM.
- Junior Emma Schaefer was selected as an All-MIAA swimmer for the second time in her career. She was a gold medalist in the 200- and 400-yard individual medley, and took a runner-up finish in the 100-yard breaststroke, at the 2019 MIAA Championships. She holds the school record in the 200-yard IM.
- Junior Hope Reynolds was a fourth-place finisher in the 400-yard IM at the 2019 MIAA Championships.
- Sophomore Aubrey East and senior Erica Slenk finished fourth and seventh respectively, in the 200 breaststroke.
- Sophomore Paige Kuhn, sophomore Abigail LaDuke, and senior captain Alison Sobkowski finished fourth, seventh, and 10th in the 1650 freestyle;
"Emma (Schaefer), Paula (Nolte) and Erin (Emmert) are three returners who were all conference last year so they'll set the bar this year. We return a handful of other women who scored individually and scored pretty well at the conference meet. Erin, Emma and Hope (Reynolds) were three out of the top four in the 400 IM last year and they've created a pretty nice training group for one another. That's been good."
"Keep an eye out for (freshman freestyler) Tarah Lang. She took her summer training seriously, was intentional in her pre-season and is focused on being fast. And she has already won one Swimmer of the Week award on the first week of her Hope career."
"It could truly be a three-team race this year (in the MIAA). We're going do what we can to focus on the things that we can control and put our best foot forward in February when it matters most." — Head coach Jake Taber
2019-20 Coaching Staff
Head Coach Jake Taber
Jake Taber '04 returned to his alma mater to become co-head coach with John Patnott in 2018-19. He took over sole head coaching duties after Patnott's retirement at the end of last season.
A former swimmer for the Flying Dutchmen, Taber returns was a successful head coach at Albion College (2012-18) and Olivet College (2007-2012). He was an assistant for Patnott for three seasons at Hope prior to those head coaching stints.
Taber guided the Albion men to Top-25 finishes at the Division III championships the past three seasons, including a program-best 13th-place finish in 2017. The Britons were 2017 MIAA champions, their first conference championship in 46 years.
Taber holds the academic rank of assistant professor of kinesiology.