HOLLAND, Mich., Feb. 21. DEFENDING champions dominated the opening day of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) swimming and diving championships which are being held at the Holland Community Aquatic Center.
The three-day meet continues today and Saturday with prelims at 10 a.m. and the finals at 6 p.m.
The Hope Flying Dutch are in first place in the women's standings, leading defending champion Calvin 198-159, followed by Kalamazoo 81, Alma 67, Saint
Mary's 63, Albion 50 and Olivet 34.
Defending champion Kalamazoo leads the men's field with 224 points, followed by Hope 161, Calvin 94, Albion 70, Alma 56 and Olivet 18.
Defending champions repeated in five of Thursday's eight individual events.
In the men's meet, Hope junior Tim DeHaan defended his championship in the 50-yard freestyle with a pool record time of :20.92. His time was also a provisional qualifying performance for the NCAA Division III nationals next month.
Kalamazoo had two defending champions repeat in the men's meet, diver Tim Ullrey on the one-meter board and J.D. Schneider in the 500-yard freestyle.
In the women's meet, Hope sophomore Michelle Smith successfully defended her championship in the 500-yard freestyle with an NCAA provisional qualifying time (5:09.78) while Calvin's Katie Nagelkirk repeated as champion with an MIAA record time (24.03) and national qualifying performance in the 50 free.
Sophomore Audrey Arnold won the 200-yard individual medley (2:12.78).
Hope qualified its men's 400-yard medley relay for nationals with an MIAA record time (3:23.13). The relay was comprised of junior Ian Kobes of Holland,
senior Josh Boss, junior Dan Bouwens and Brian Slagh of Zeeland.
The Flying Dutchmen also won the 200-yard freestyle relay with a pool record (1:23.49) and provisional national qualifying performance. The relay members were freshman Jeff Vroegindewey, freshman Jeff Heydlauff, Brian Slagh and Tim DeHaan.
Hope and Calvin split the women's relays. The Knights captured the 200-yard freestyle relay with a national qualifying time (1:36.82) using the team of Katie Nagelkirk, Kaity Conrad, Brittney Stevens and Erin Kloostra. The Flying Dutch had a provisional national qualifying time in winning the 400-yard medley relay (4:01.82) with a team of Audrey Arnold, Kelly Parker, Elizabeth Fredericks and Erika Steele.