Jeff Zita

Five members of the Hope College men’s swimming & diving team have claimed All-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association honors for the 2014-15 season.

Coach John Patnott’s Flying Dutchmen have two receiving All-MIAA recognition for the second time: junior swimmer Jeff Zita of Holland, Michigan (Holland Christian HS), and sophomore diver Jean Luc Miralda of Tegucigalpa, Honduras (Honduras American).

Three others are first-time recipients: junior swimmer Duncan MacLean of Grand Rapids, Michigan (East Grand Rapids HS), freshman swimmer Charlie Emmert of Grand Blanc, Michigan (Flint Powers Catholic HS), and freshman diver Kevin Franz of Mundelein, Illinois (Mundelein HS).

Miralda finished runner-up at the MIAA Championships in 1- and 3-meter diving. He recorded a school-record score of 544.85 points during the 3-meter board finals. He also took second on 1-meter after scoring 475.60 points during the finals and a school-record 485.05 during preliminaries.

Zita placed third at the MIAA Championships in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2 minutes, 5.78 seconds, third with the 200 medley relay, fourth with the 400 medley relay. 

MacLean was the MIAA runner-up in the 1,600 freestyle with a swim of 16:22.07 and took third in the 500 freestyle at 4:40.94 and came sixth in the 200 freestyle at 1:43.57.

Emmert finished at the MIAA Championships second in the 200 butterfly at 1:54.61, fifth in the 500 freestyle at 4:47.61 and seventh in the 100 butterfly at 52.57.

Franz placed third at the MIAA Championships in 1-meter diving with a score of 461.30 points and 3-meter diving with 464.65 points. 

Hope took third at this season’s team standings for the MIAA Championships.