2019-20 Hope College Men's Swim/Dive Preview A Look at the Upcoming Season

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 is the defending MIAA champion in the 200-yard butterfly and the 400-yard individual medley.

2019-20 Roster

The Flying Dutchmen's roster consists of five seniors, three juniors, five sophomores and 15 freshmen. The captains are Dan Clyde and Jeff Engle.

"We addressed a lot of depth challenges that we had from last year with this year's freshman class. They've raised the bar in practice. It'd be interesting if we were to have dual meet between our freshman and our returners. It might be might be fairly close. We're certainly going to rely on a lot of the younger guys, the newcomers to the program to make a difference for us this year." — Head Coach Jake Taber
Senior Seth Costello is a backstroke specialist for the Flying Dutfchmen.
Senior Skylar De La Torre in the distance freestyle
Junior Dan Keith

Key Returners:

  • 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
TOP LEFT: Senior Jeff Engle; TOP MIDDLE: Senior Keon Rick; TOP RIGHT: Sophomore James Mandeville. BOTTOM LEFT: Sophomore Kamaron Wilcox; BOTTOM RIGHT: Sophomore Liam Faber

2019-20 Men's Swim/Dive Schedule

The Flying Dutchmen have already opened their competitive season with two meets — the Oakland Relays and the MIAA Relays. Their first home meet is Saturday, November 16 against Olivet College. Hope has four home meets this season. This year's MIAA Championship will be hosted by Calvin University from Wednesday, February 19 to Saturday, February 22, 2020.

"We've made a couple changes to the schedule. It was fun to start at Oakland to hop in the water and swim next to some pretty good swimmers from scholarship programs. We've added a pair of quads meets to our schedule this year. The first one is the Davenport Quad and there's two D 2s and two D3s at that one. But we also added a quad in January and that'll have a couple of Indiana DIII teams that we don't typically see that are historically pretty good. I think the nice thing about these formats is we're not limited in entries in events. We're able to go out and swim our full lineup and everybody gets their opportunities to compete and get better and learn from their races. That's one of those things that we were pretty intentional to target this past off-season: to make sure we could gather the information and create the opportunities for everyone on the team." — 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.

"As much as anything, I think the dynamic early this year is as healthy as I've ever seen it. So that really excites me right now." — Head coach Jake Taber
Liam Faber gets ready to race.

Some Other Numbers

  • 1:50.87 and 3:57.14. Dan Clyde's new school record times in the 200 and 400 IM events, respectively.
  • 3.06. The spring team GPA of the 2018 -19 squad that earned them earned Scholar All-America Team honors from the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America. Hope was among 134 Division III men's honorees out of 231 teams in NCAA Division III.
  • 7. Men's swim/dive student-athletes who made the MIAA Honor Roll with GPAs of 3.5 or higher.
  • 310.60 and 324.00. Grant Williams new school record scores on the 1- and 3-meter boards, respectively.

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