Rockford placed second behind powerhouse Zeeland, out of eight West Michigan schools (Byron Center, East Kentwood, Grand Haven, Grandville, Jenison and West Ottawa) competing in this event hosted by Grandville.
The results of this invitational exhibit Rockford’s extreme competitiveness for several years to come. Of the 12 events, the Rams placed at least once, and sometimes twice or three times, in 10 of them and brought home 23 medals. Many of the events had more than 35 participants vying for a top spot, but only the first eight winners in individual events and the leading three teams in relays won medals.
The Rams who brought home “hardware” were sophomores Ben Fredrickson (first, second and two fifth places), Jared Martella (one eighth place), LJ McCauley (one fifth place), Tim Newberger (two seventh places), Kurt Plaggemars (one eighth place) and Jeff Schmitt (first, second, fifth and seventh), and freshmen Eric Chisholm (one first place), Josh Travis (two second places and one fourth), Bryan Wasberg (three first places and one second) and Harrison Webb (fourth and sixth).
“Everybody worked really hard. It was a good meet. But look out next year Zeeland!” said freshman Allyn Kinney.
Medal winners are as follows:
- 200-yard medley relay – Ben Fredrickson, Jeff Schmitt, Josh Travis, Bryan Wasberg (second place)
- 200-yard IM – Bryan Wasberg (first place); Josh Travis (fourth); Jeff Schmitt (seventh)
- 50-yard freestyle – Ben Fredrickson (fifth)
- 1-meter diving – LJ McCauley (fifth); Kurt Plaggemars (eighth)
- 100-yard butterfly – Ben Fredrickson (fifth)
- 100-yard freestyle – Harrison Webb (sixth); Tim Newberger (seventh)
- 500-yard freestyle – Jeff Schmitt (fifth)
- 200-yard freestyle relay – Eric Chisholm, Ben Fredrickson, Jeff Schmitt, Bryan Wasberg (first)
- 100-yard backstroke – Josh Travis (second); Harrison Webb (fourth); Tim Newberger (seventh)
- 100-yard breaststroke – Bryan Wasberg (first); Jared Martella (eighth)