A most successful winter sports season at Hope College
concluded with yet another top ten national finish this past weekend as the
men's swimming team had several outstanding performances at the NCAA Division
III championship in St. Louis, Mo.
All four Hope winter sports teams excelled in NCAA competition this
winter. The men's basketball team finished second in the nation, the women's
swimming team was fifth and the men's swimming team ended tenth. In
addition, the women's basketball team also gained a berth in the NCAA
Coach John Patnott's Flying Dutchmen have finished among the top ten
men's swimming programs for the seventh time in eight years. Kenyon College
of Ohio successfully defended its national championship finishing with 726
points. Hope's tenth place total was 95.5 points.
The Flying Dutchmen gained two All-America relay performances. The 200-
yard freestyle relay team of senior Dan Shelley of Saginaw (Arthur Hill HS),
senior Troy Aumaugher of Hudsonville, freshman Joshua Ficke of Etiwanda,
Calif. and sophomore Jarod Lippert of Alma finished in seventh place (1:24.58)
while the 200-yard medley relay team of freshman Chris Dattels of Wilmette,
Ill. (New Trier HS), junior Dan Daly of East Grand Rapids, Shelley and Lippert
were eighth (1:35.87).
The Flying Dutchmen also posted honorable mention All-America efforts in
three relays. The 400-yard freestyle relay team of Lippert, Shelley, Aumaugher
and senior Brandon Nyboer of Holland (West Ottawa HS) won the consolation
finals (3:07.50) and ended ninth overall.
Both the 400-yard medley relay and 800-yard freestyle relay finished 11th
overall. The 400-yard medley relay of Dattels, Daly, Shelley and Lippert was
timed in a season-best 3:31.22 while the 800-yard freestyle relay of Dattels,
Nyboer, Lippert and Ficke finished in 7:06.76.
The best individual effort was recorded by Dattels who ended 10th in the
100-yard backstroke (:52.33). Nyboer concluded his collegiate career by
finishing 16th in the 200-yard freestyle (1:44.39). Both received honorable
mention All-America designation for their performances.
Other individual finishes included Shelley, 21st in the 50-yard
freestyle (:21.36), Lippert, 31st in the 50-yard freestyle (:21.60) and 43rd
in the 50-yard freestyle (:22.26), and Dattels, 26th in the 200-yard
backstroke (1:57.50) and Lippert, 36th in the 100-yard freestyle (:47.75).