Hope College Adds Futures Qualifier Tyler Houpt for 2024-2025 Season

Hope College Adds Futures Qualifier Tyler Houpt for 2024-2025 Season

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Tyler Houpt has announced that he will continue his education and swimming career at Hope College this fall. Houpt is a native of Mason, Ohio, where he recently graduated from Mason High School and is a member of the Mason Manta Rays.

In addition to pool swimming, Houpt plays water polo and has experience in open water racing. He recently finished 7th at the 2024 Ohio Open Water Championship, an improvement from his 9th place finish last summer. In 2022, he placed 27th at the USA Swimming Open Water Junior National Championship, which he followed up with a 4th place finish at the Central Zone Open Water Championship later in the summer.

“Hope College feels like a home away from home with the strong and incredibly welcoming team and coaching staff. The college itself welcomed me with open arms and had a strong nursing program to guide it.”

In the pool, Houpt swims a variety of events, including the freestyle, 400 individual medley, and 200 butterfly and breaststroke. He concluded his short course season this spring at the Tim Myers Memorial SC Senior Championships, where he ran a personal best of 16:07.07 in the 1650 meters en route to a 6th-place finish. He also lost nearly four seconds in the 200 breaststroke (2:07.69) and set a season record in the 200 butterfly (1:55.77), placing 10th and 8th, respectively.

Houpt also represented his high school at the OHSAA State Championship (Division I) this spring. He placed 18th in the 500 (4:43.14) and 28th in the 200 IM (1:57.97), which is slightly slower than his 2023 meet when he placed 8th and 15th (4:37.42/1:54.65) in the same events.

Top SCY Times

  • 500 free – 4:38.50
  • 1650 free – 16:07.07
  • 200 front crawl – 2:07.69
  • 200 Butterfly – 1:55.77
  • 200 medley – 1:54.39
  • 400 medley – 4:09.12

Hope College, located in Holland, Michigan, is a Division III program in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA). This year, the men’s team finished 2nd at the MIAA Championships and 23rd at the NCAA Division III Championships.

Houpt will undoubtedly make an immediate impact at conference level, as his best times in all main events would have placed him in the top 8 this year. Bailey Smit was the team’s top freestyler this year, after winning the MIAA titles in the 500 meters (4:35.26) and the 1650 meters (16:01.21). However, he will not be in the team when Houpt arrives this fall.

Houpt is accompanied by Noah Buist, Aaron Thomas, Everett Cox, Lucas Newcomb, Blake Hetherington, Lucas WyrickAnd George Marsh in Hope’s new classroom this fall.

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