Rams place second at freshman/sophomore swim meet

Over 150 male swimmers from seven West Michigan area high schools competed at the annual freshman/sophomore meet in Grandville on Saturday, Feb. 5. Last year the Rams came out victorious with their first win in seven years. However, this year it was the Hudsonville Eagles that came out on top, with Rockford finishing in second place. Hudsonville placed first with 482 points, followed

Freshman Kurtis Loux drops almost four seconds off his best 200-yard freestyle time.

 

by Rockford (379), Jenison (294), Grandville (252), East Kentwood (231), Grand Haven (222), and Holland West Ottawa (162). Despite the loss, the young Rams put forth a tremendous effort with numerous top-16 scoring finishes and several Rams swimming their fastest times of the season.

The top 16 individual scorers for the Rams were:

•            200-yard free: Mike Arend (second), Reese Patino (ninth), Dylan Dick (14th), Kurtis Loux (15th)

•            200-yard IM: Trenton Babcock (first), Nick Willison (third), Corey Fase (10th)

•            50-yard free: Chris Lemoine (12th)

•            100-yard fly: Craig Wasberg (first), Corey Fase (10th), Jacob Davis (11th)

•            100-yard free: Mike Arend (fourth), Justin Hulsebus (10th), Chris Lemoine (14th)

Freshman Reese Patino drops over five seconds off his best 200-yard freestyle time.

 

•            500-yard free: Stephan Cress (sixth), Kurtis Loux (ninth), Dylan Dick (12th)

•            100-yard back: Craig Wasberg (first), Nick Willison (second), Stephan Cress (ninth), Justin Hulsebus (11th), Reese Patino (15th)

•            100-yard breast: Trenton Babcock (second), Kyle Hams (sixth), Tyler Vanderhaag (15th)

            Rockford placed second in all three relays:

•            200-yard medley relay: Willison, Babcock, Wasberg, Davis (1:44.68)

•            200-yard free relay: Lemoine, Davis, Hulsebus, Arend (1:40.89)

•            400-yard free relay: Arend, Willison, Babcock, Wasberg (3:26.15)

The Rockford divers, Noah Markel and Shane Phillips, finished in third and eighth places for the Rams, with a final score of 288.80 and 234.40 points respectively.

Sophomore Justin Hulsebus dives off at the start of the 100-yard freestyle and swims to a 10th-place finish in 55.54.

 

This week, many of these young Rams will join the Rockford juniors and seniors to face off in a dual meet against East Kentwood at the Falcons’ home pool on Thursday, Feb. 10 at 6:30 p.m. Both teams still remain undefeated in the OK Red conference.

Sophomore Nick Willison swims the breaststroke portion of the 200-yard IM and finishes in third with a time of 2:10.40.

 

Freshman Stephen Cress swims to a sixth-place finish in 5:30.77 in the 500-yard freestyle.

 

Freshman Cody Schmitt swims his best time of the season (29.20) in the 50-yard free.


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