by DENISE WEBB
Even though the 2010 season for Rockford’s 49 swimmers and divers has ended, the fond memories will continue.
“Looking back at the team’s season, we did really well and accomplished a lot,” said senior Ian Rosloniec. “Our successes weren’t just because of one person though. There were many who did great and got us the points that we needed to win. Without everyone, we wouldn’t have done what we did this year.”
The Rams swimmers/divers earned second place at the West Michigan Relays on December 19, first place at the Rockford Invitational January 8-9, and first place at the Freshman/Sophomore Invitational February 6. There were 10 “veggie” winners at the Jenison meet January 25. Rockford had an 8-1 dual meet season record, and a 5-1conference dual meet season record—a three-way tie with Grandville and West Ottawa. They earned first place at the OK Red conference championship meet on February 25-27, and were winners of the OK Red conference. The Rams sent nine swimmers and three divers to the state finals, placing seventh out of 53 Division I qualifying schools. Two Rockford pool records were broken—one by Alex Devries for the 100-butterfly and another by Derik Bothma, Ben Fredrickson, Brian Ginebaugh and Josh Travis for the 200-medley relay. Five swimmers earned All Conference, five swimmers earned All State, four swimmers earned All American, and 107 medals were won throughout this accomplished season.
Also, the team collectively swam three-quarters of the way around the world, approximately 15,600 miles. The circumference of the Earth at the equator is 24,901.55 miles.
The coaches awarded Jared Martella “Most Improved.”
“The difference between last year and this year was last year I just swam because I had to,” said Martella. “This year I was inspired to do well. I was inspired when I saw myself scoring points for the team. The more I helped the team, the more inspired I got. Every time I did better, I became more determined.”
Seniors Alex Devries and Brian Ginebaugh and sophomore Bryan Wasberg shared the MVP award, and Jeff Schmitt received the Coaches Award.
“From day one, everyone got along. It was like a giant family,” Rosloniec added. “Everyone supported each other; meets were crazy with cheering from the whole team. I really enjoyed my time on the team and will miss it.”