Historic Moments and Notable Performances
Updated through the 2012-13 season
- The women's swimming and diving program became an intercollegiate sport at Hope
- 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
Association. 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.
- Susan and Sara Looman, who are twin sisters, finished one-two in the 100-yard backstroke
at the 1994 NCAA Division III national championships. It was the first time in the history of the
national meet that sisters, let alone twin sisters, finished one-two in an event.
- 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.
- Senior Chelsea Wiese was presented the 2012 NCAA Elite 89 award for maintainng the highest cumulative grade point average among all of the competitors in
the NCAA Division III swimming and diving championships. The Elite 89 award is presented to the top scholar-athlete at each of the 89 NCAA championships
held annually. An accounting major. Wiese maintained a perfect 4.0 cumulative grade point average. Co-captain of the team, Wiese was the 2012
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) champion in the 200 and 400 yard individual medley events and competed at nationals with teammates in four relay events.