Historic Moments and Notable Performances
Updated through the 2012-13 season
- The men's swimming and diving program became an intercollegiate sport at Hope
in 1978. Earlier attempts to create a program were unsuccessful because Hope
lacked an on-campus pool. The opening of the Dow Health and Physical Education
Center, complete with a modern aquatics plant, solidified the college's commitment.
- Swimming and diving has become one of the college's most successful intercollegiate
programs with numerous conference championships individual national championships
and Top Ten team finishes.
- The program has been built from the ground up by John Patnott. He is the
winningest active coach of any sport in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic
Three times in his career he has been honored as the Division III national
coach of the year. He has coached more than 100 NCAA All-Americans, including
national champions on 30 occasions.
- Hope College was host to the NCAA Division III national swimming and diving
championships at the Holland Aquatics Center in 2005.
- There were no sibling rivalries when it came to Hopeís swimming program in 2008-09 as the menís and womenís teams had five
sets of brothers and sisters -- Laura (senior) and Steven (freshman) Ansilio, Lisa (freshman) and Phil (junior) Heyboer,
Elizabeth (freshman) and Ryan (junior) Nelis, Andrew (freshman) and Matt (junior) Rose, and Christina (junior) and Ryan (senior) Vogelzang.