Momentum Continues with Another Rams Victory Swim

by DENISE WEBB

Rockford 193, Hudsonville 119

Connor Thelen swims the 100-yard backstroke with a second-place finish of 1:01.67 minutes. Photo by GORDY PETERSONKeeping their wave of wins rolling, the Rams swim and dive team crashed over the Eagles 193-199 on Thursday, Jan. 22.

After “taking down Goliath [Grandville]” last week in a closer-than-close meet, Rockford arrived at the Hudsonville pool postured to conquer another. Out of the 12 events, Rockford secured firsts in 10 of them and placed second or third in the others.

Diving coach Marc VanDyken was extremely pleased with first-year diver LJ McCauley, who “elevated to another level at this meet.” McCauley placed second, closely behind Quinton Rodriguez. McCauley also earned enough points this meet to receive his varsity letter.

Mark Hecksel flies off the starting block for the 100-yard freestyle. Photo by GORDY PETERSONSenior parent Suelyn Uselton continues to shake her head in amazement as she watches the talents and teamwork of this year’s group. “The team continually works cohesively, supporting each other at every meet and practice.”

The swim and dive team’s next and last home meet is Thursday, Jan. 29 at 6:30 p.m. against Jenison, celebrating Senior Night.Mark Hecksel flies off the starting block for the 100-yard freestyle. Photo by GORDY PETERSON

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