Hope College swimmers Dan Clyde and Charlie Emmert, and diver Jean Luc Miralda, all have been named to 2017 All-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Men’s Swimming & Diving Team. They were among 20 honorees from six MIAA schools.
Clyde made the championship finals in six different swimming events at last week’s MIAA Championship at Holland Community Aquatic Center. The freshman from Ann Arbor, Michigan (Huron HS) finished as high as third place in three different events.
Hope coach John Patnott praised Clyde’s perseverance and determination through a challenging season.
“Early in the season, he had a concussion and was out for three weeks, then he had a lung issue, couldn’t breath as well,” Patnott said. “He only had five weeks of training before the conference championship. Then comes up with those great performances.”
Emmert swam into five different championship races. The junior from Grand Blanc, Michigan (Flint Powers Catholic) also came in third place three different times.
“Just a solid swimmer all the way around,” Patnott said. “A very good freestyler, then a very good butterflier.
“Both of those guys worked so hard. Hard work doesn’t get all-conference, but you don’t get there without it. You have to have some outstanding performances.”
Miralda took third in both 1- and 3-meter diving. The senior from Tegucigalpa, Honduras (American) is All-MIAA for the second consecutive season.
“Jean Luc’s biggest asset is most of the time he’s pretty relaxed. He has fun with the sport. He enjoys it,” Patnott said. “He puts pressure on himself, but not to the point that it hinders him. It’s fun to watch him compete.”