Swim/Dive team wins first meet of season 115-61

Rockford sophomore Cody Brown plows through the water. Photo by GORDY PETERSON

Rockford sophomore Cody Brown plows through the water. Photo by GORDY PETERSON

by DENISE WEBB

Rockford Head Coach Tom Parks was all smiles at the end of his first swim/dive meet of the season not because Rockford won 115-61 against Byron Center, but because of how well the men performed both as a team and individually.

“We graduated last year some very fast swimmers with impressive state times,” said Parks. “I was concerned as to how those spots would be filled. If the results of this meet are any indication of how the rest of the season plays out, I’ll be very pleased.”

 

Sophomore Mike Baumgart competes in the 100-yard freestyle.

Sophomore Mike Baumgart competes in the 100-yard freestyle. Photo by GORDY PETERSON

During this meet, there were many accomplishments. Rockford took first place in every event. Also, senior Derik Bothma swam a state-qualifying time of 49.99 in the 100-yard freestyle. Moreover, 13 swimmers and two divers fulfilled their varsity letter requirements, including freshmen Mike Arend, Trenten Babcock and Nick Willison.

 

Diving coach Marc VanDyken was also pleased with the outcome of this first meet. Senior diver Tyler Johnson and junior diver Kurt Plaggemars both scored personal bests, 212.40 and 188.65, respectively.

 

Ram junior Jared Martella competes in the 200-yard IM, finishing with a varsity letter time of 2:18.18.	Photo by GORDY PETERSON

Ram junior Jared Martella competes in the 200-yard IM, finishing with a varsity letter time of 2:18.18. Photo by GORDY PETERSON

“Kurt and Tyler have both worked very hard, and it has obviously paid off,” said VanDyken. “Tyler placed 14th at state last year and is looking to make his senior year his best.”

 

The Rams’ next meet will be at Rockford on Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 6:30 p.m. against Grand Haven.

Standing on a bench, Rockford swim team captains (l–r) Tyler Johnson, Derik Bothma, Brian Ginebaugh, Alex Devries, Connor Thelen and Kyle Peterson congratulate their teammates on a job well done.	Photo by GORDY PETERSON

Standing on a bench, Rockford swim team captains (l–r) Tyler Johnson, Derik Bothma, Brian Ginebaugh, Alex Devries, Connor Thelen and Kyle Peterson congratulate their teammates on a job well done. Photo by GORDY PETERSON

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