by MARY CLINTHORNE
The bleachers in the gym at Forest Hills Central High School rumbled on Saturday, March 24, as the Rockford crew team celebrated another victory. For the fifth consecutive year, Rockford won the Grand Rapids Spring Sprints.
The Rams claimed all three top positions in the open boys race, with Bryce VanderBerg setting a Spring Sprints record, finishing the 2,000-meter race in first place with a time of 6:27.6. Second and third places in that race went to Rams Andrew Carley (6:37.5) and Corey Fase (6:46.4), respectively.
Rockford medal earners in other races included Tristan VanFossen (6:56.4) and Isaac Blenman (7:04.9) finishing first and second in the lightweight boys 2,000-meter race; Sabrina VanFossen claiming first place in the lightweight girls 2,000-meter race with a time of 8:09.0; Kate Fraser earning third place in the open girls 2,000-meter race with a time of 7:48.1; and Sam Doletsky finishing third (2:02.3) in the 500-meter girls coxswain race.
Rockford will be competing on the water for the remainder of the season, with regattas in Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, Orchard Lake, and Cincinnati, Ohio.