Men's Swim/ Dive At A Glance
- Roster size: 28
- Returners: 13
- 2018 Season Recap: Hope men's swim/dive finished 4-2 in dual meets and had their highest finish in a multi-team meet with fourth place at the Wheaton Invitational.
- 2018 MIAA Championship Recap: The Flying Dutchmen took fourth place at the MIAA Championships, hosted at the Holland Aquatic Center.
Pictured: Junior diver Grant Williams competes on the 3-meter board.
- Senior Dan Clyde, an all-MIAA swimmer in 2018-19, is the defending MIAA champ in the 200-yard butterfly and 400-yard individual medley. He is the school record holder in the 200-yard individual medley and the school and MIAA record holder in the 400-yard individual medley.
- Junior Dan Keith was selected as an all-MIAA swimmer last season with runner-up finishes in the 100- and 200-yard freestyle events at the MIAA. Championships. Keith holds the school record in the 200-yard freestyle.
- Junior diver Grant Williams earned an all-MIAA honor with his win on the 3-meter event and runner-up finish on the 1-meter board. He also broke the school dual and championship records on the 1-meter board and the school dual record on the 3-meter board last season. He qualified for the NCAA Regionals and placed sixth on the 1-meter board and ninth on the 3-meter board.
"Dan Clyde is our leader. He's the guy that everybody knows to look to and everybody wants to follow. He sets the tone day in and day out in practice. He is very accountable, but also very supportive. He's the guy that's going to show you how to do things the right way ...Daniel Keith joined us late last year and then was sick at the end of the year, but we're truly seeing what a special talent he is. So, the Dans certainly create create quite the tandem for us."
"On the boards, we've got the the best diving group in the conference, and I know I'm obviously biased. Grant split (on the two boards) last year (at the MIAA Championships) and was a quarter point combined, over 22 dives, from being conference MVP. He's off to a good start. He's already got a regional cut. Then you look at the development of Kam Wilcox, a first-year diver last year who just missed qualifying for the NCAA diving regionals by five points. Freshman Spencer Cahill is doing well and he and Kam are staying right there with Grant. That's a healthy thing."
"We've also seen an exciting training environment in the middle distance and distance freestyles right now. It's fun to watch Bailey Smith and Brandt Assink go back and forth with each other time-wise. And Theo Duong is right there just the same. Gabe Boonstra is an incredibly talented young man. I think we'll be very, very good when it's said and done." — 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.