2018-19 Hope College Men's Swimming & Diving Preview By Alan Babbitt

Flying Dutchmen At A Glance

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

2018-19 Roster

Two of Hope College's three All-MIAA Honorees from last season return for the Flying Dutchmen: senior diver Brian Simonich of Highland, Michigan (Milford HS) and junior swimmer Daniel Clyde of Ann Arbor, Michigan (Huron HS).

Brian Simonich was a NCAA Division III regional qualifier as a junior and finished eighth in 1-meter diving during regional competition. He finished third in 1-meter diving at the MIAA Championships and fourth in 3-meter diving.

Daniel Clyde set a school record in the 200-yard individual medley at the MIAA Championships last season with a runner-up time of 1:52.51. He bested Phil Heyboer's old record of 1:52.79 set in 2010.

Diver Brian Simonich, by Lynne Powe

Co-Head Coaches

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.

Ethan Yau by Lynne Powe

2018-19 Schedule

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.

Jeff Engle by Lynne Powe

Coaches' Outlooks

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

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