Roster Size: 17
Returning Letterwinners: 9
Co-Head Coaches: John Patnott (39th season) and Jake Taber (1st season)
Assistant Coaches: Kyle Garase (first season) and Rebecca Garca (second season)
2017-18 Team Highlights: College Swimming Coaches Association of America Scholar All-America Team, MIAA Team GPA award recipient, nine members of MIAA Academic Honor Roll, one regional diving qualifier, and third-place finish at MIAA Championships
Captains: Daniel Clyde, Trevor Gras (pictured), and Brian Simonich
Team makeup: Two seniors, six juniors, four sophomores, and five freshmen
Photo of Trevor Gras, pictured, by Lynne Powe
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.
Skyler De La Torre, pictured at right, and the Flying Dutchmen'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 Saturday, January 26 against Albion College at the Kresge Natatorium on campus; Saturday, February 2 vs. Alma College and Kresge Natatorium; 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're a more balanced team than last year, possibly a little stronger. We definitely have some talented athletes."
Jake Taber — "We're collaborating as coaches. It's not just one set of eyes. We've both demonstrated our abilities over the years to make people faster. Now we can combine the how and the why behind that."
Photo of Keon Rick, pictured right, by Lynne Powe