Hope College’s Erin Emmert, Elizabeth Fris, Molly Meyer, Paula Nolte, Chloe Palajac and Sara Plohetski all received All-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association honors for the 2017 season.
They were among 20 All-MIAA honorees. Fris, Meyer and Palajac all were All-MIAA for the second consecutive season.
Meyer swam away with two MIAA titles with a sweep of the backstroke, including a repeat in the 200 backstroke. The senior from South Bend, Indiana (John Adams HS) made the championship races in six different events, including three MIAA runner-up relays.
“She is very consistent every day,” head coach John Patnott said. “She maybe thinks she had a bad workout sometimes, but her coach doesn’t. Very solid every day, takes direction well. That diligence pays off.”
Fris earned an MIAA title in the 1,650 freestyle. The senior from Holland, Michigan (West Ottawa) was MIAA runner-up in two other events.
“She almost won the 500, and she won the mile (1,650) going away — by more than 25 yards,” Patnott said. “That speaks to her drive to do well.”
Palajac swam in six different championship races. The junior from Dearborn, Michigan (Dearborn) captured an MIAA title in the 100 butterfly and was part of three MIAA runner-up relays.
“Her work ethic is exceptional,” Patnott said. “If we had a hardest worker on the team, it would be Chloe. She’s pretty inspiring to watch.”
Plohetski took third in both 1- and 3-meter diving. She is a sophomore from South Lyon, Michigan (South Lyon).
“She’s still young to the sport,” Patnott said. “She’s working hard. She’s come a long way this year: working on her entries, learning harder dives.”
Nolte advanced to the finals in five events, including two MIAA runner-up relays. The freshman from Elmhurst, Illinois (York Community) also claimed an MIAA title in the 200 breaststroke.
Emmert swam in three championship races and finished as high as third in two of them. The freshman from Grand Blanc, Michigan (Flint Powers Catholic) joins her older brother Charlie, a junior, as All-MIAA honorees.
“It’s pretty nice we have two freshmen on the All-MIAA team,” Patnott said. “I took a chance changing Paula’s breaststroke this year. If you explain to her why it’s going to improve her stroke, she works very hard at it. She worked very hard and won the 200 breaststroke going away. There wasn’t anybody close to her.”
“Erin is a very good all-around swimmer. She’s a very good swimmer with a lot of endurance.”