After only three weeks of practices under Head Coach Tom Parks, the Rockford boys swim and dive team are off to an impressive start. The Rams dominated every event except one in their first non-conference meet of the season against Byron Center on December 7, defeating them 109-74, while qualifying for state in six events.
The 200-yard medley relay team of Craig Wasberg (backstroke), Bryan Wasberg (breaststroke), Ben Fredrickson (fly), and Eric Chisholm (free) knocked out a time of 1:40.68, almost four seconds under the state-qualifying time for that event. The other five state cuts that night included junior Eric Chisholm in the 50 free (22.32), junior Bryan Wasberg in the 100 breast (1:03.04) and the 200 IM (2:02.60), and freshman Craig Wasberg in the 100 fly (54.58) and the 100 back (56.31). Senior captain LJ McCauley led the diving portion of the meet with a first-place finish and a final score of 220.20.
The Rams faced a much tougher Forest Hills Northern/Eastern team at home on December 14, but still managed to come away with a victory of 186-129. The swim team only dominated six of the 11 events that night, but were able to grab another two new state-qualifying times, giving them eight total for the season already.
The Forest Hills swim team came out especially strong in the relays, but the 200 freestyle relay team of senior captain Ben Fredrickson, senior captain Jeff Schmitt, B. Wasberg, and C. Wasberg managed to come out on top with a win and a state-qualifying time of 1:32.25. C. Wasberg grabbed another state-qualifying time in the 200 freestyle (1:48.88), while placing second to junior Paul Kersjes from Forest Hills, who swam a 1:48.75 to take the win.
It was the depth and total team effort of the Rams that night, though, that helped them win. The Rockford boys seized many of the third-, fourth- and fifth-place finishes in each swimming event to help lead Rockford to a victory. The Ram divers were especially strong, grabbing four of the top five spots. Senior Kurt Plaggemars led the way with 206.45 points, followed by McCauley in second, sophomore Noah Markel in fourth, and junior Josiah Zittel in fifth.