posted March 7, 2012

Hope Qualifies Six Swimmers/Divers to Nationals

Five Hope swimmers and a diver have qualified for the NCAA Division III championships to be held March 22-24 in Indianapolis. Coach John Patnott's contingent is eligible to compete in nine individual events and five relays.

Junior Josh Grabijas of Howell (Howell HS) has qualified as the 14th seed in the marathon 1,650-yard freestyle (15:51.00). He is also eligible to compete in the 500-yard freestyle (seeded 21st, 4:34.57) and the 200-yard freestyle (seeded 40th, 1:43.33).

The Flying Dutch are eligible to compete in four individual events. Junior Libby Westrate of Grandville (Grandville HS), is seeded 13th in the 50-yard freestyle (:23.70) and 14th in the 100-yard freestyle (:51.66). She is also eligible to compete in the 200-yard freestyle (seeded 24th, 1:52.58). Senior Sarah Sohn of Arlington Heights, Ill. (Prospect HS) is seeded 20th in the marathon 1,650-yard freestyle (17:28.00).

For the first time in more than a decade, the Flying Dutch have qualified a diver for the NCAA championships. Junior Kyleigh Sheldon of Hastings (Hastings HS) is seeded 20th on both the one-meter and three-meter board.

The Flying Dutch are eligible to compete in all of the women's relays. The quartet of Libby Westrate, Sarah Sohn, junior Erin Holstad of Traverse City (Traverse City West HS) and senior Chelsea Wiese of Rochester (Rochester Adams HS) are seeded 11th in the 800-yard freestyle relay (7:40.57); 25th in the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:33.01); 26th in the 200-yard medley relay (1:48.37), 26th in the 400-yard medley relay (3:55.83); and 29th in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:39.29).