Swim and dive team defeats Alma

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Hope College men’s and women’s swim and dive teams took the victory over Alma College last Saturday, with the women gaining their fourth MIAA dual meet win with a score of 144-59.

The women’s swim and dive team will face a larger challenge next Saturday, swimming against the unbeaten Calvin College team in the last regular season meet.

The men’s swim and dive team have won three of the four MIAA meets, beating Alma with a score of 135-52 and are also preparing to challenge Calvin in next weekend’s meet.

On the men’s team, junior diver Brian Simonich was named the MIAA Men’s Diver of the Week for the week of Jan. 22-28. Simonich took first place in the 1- and 3- meter dives, achieving a season high score of 314.45 points for six dives on the 3-meter board.

Senior swimmer Charlie Emmert also claimed first place in two events, the 100 backstroke and the 20 freestyle. Junior Jeff Engle took the victory in the 500 freestyle, also swimming for the win in the 200 medley relay with sophomores Seth Costello, Gus Dellacqua and Keon Rick.

Other wins for the men include senior Joseph Watson in the 50 freestyle, sophomore Daniel Clyde in the 400 individual medley, senior Mike Wurster in the 100 freestyle and sophomore Skylar De La Torre in the 1,000 freestyle.

The women’s team also had many victorious swimmers and Hope fought hard this past weekend, coming first in ten events against Alma College. The men’s and women’s swim and dive teams both defeated Alma in their fourth dual meet of the season. Divers contributing to their win over Alma. Junior diver Sara Plohetski had the highest score in the 1- and 3- meter dives and senior Chloe Palajac contributed two wins, in the 100 butterfly and the 400 individual medley.

The underclassmen also brought their best to the pool, with wins for freshmen Mackenzie Ralston in the 200 freestyle, freshmen Hope Reynolds in the 100 backstroke and freshmen Meg Peel in the 50 freestyle. Ralston and Reynolds combined efforts with sophomore Erica Slenk and senior Julia Hines to take the win in the 200 medley relay.

Other swimmers seized first place individually, with junior Sydney Asselin in the 100 freestyle and junior Abigail Brinks in the 1,000 freestyle. Next Saturday, Hope travels to Calvin for their last MIAA dual meet before returning to Calvin on Feb. 21 through 24 for the MIAA championship meet.

Megan Grimes (‘20) was the Lifestyle editor at the Anchor during the 2019-2020 academic year. She has a biology and English double major and computer science minor at Hope, and she spends most of her free time playing with her 1-year-old son, Teddy. Running is one of her favorite activities, along with any other outdoor activity, reading, writing, yoga and spending time with friends and family. She loves to share people’s stories with the belief that hearing more about other people’s experiences can help you better navigate your own. After Hope, she intends to find a job in science writing to help better communicate science through story and quality writing.

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