By: Bailey Bach
On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday the Rams swam and dove in their home pool against West Ottawa, Hudsonville, Grand Haven, Grandville, and East Kentwood at the Conference Prelims and Finals. Although they took second place to West Ottawa, the team was not disappointed.
“We swam phenomenally well. I am very proud of our team,” said Head Coach Tom Parks. “While we didn’t upset West Ottawa, we made it very close and at the beginning of the season, no one would have bet we could be in their ballpark.”
Kara Vandawater, Kennedy Cutler, Maddi Trimble, and Erin Hudson started the meet with a second place finish in the 200 medley relay, missing first place West Ottawa by just over a second. Rockford swam a time of 1:46.61, breaking the previous record of 1:49.04, qualifying for All American awards. Sophomore Megan Schremp was out touched in the 200 yard freestyle and finished second to Elizabeth Fris of West Ottawa, but Schremp still broke the school record with her time of 1:54.92. The previous record, 1:55.51, had been untouched since 2007. Kara Vandawater and Hannah Raymond continued Rockford’s speed and took second and third in the 200 yard I.M. respectively.
In the diving competition, Anelene Mellin came in fifth, scoring 287.25 points. Mikayla Scogg came in a close sixth with a score of 284.15. Junior Sarah McCabe came in tenth with 268.10 points.
Junior Maddi Trimble got her first individual state cut in the 100 yard butterfly with a time of 1:00.27, finishing fourth overall. In the 100 yard freestyle Cutler took third with a time of 53.31. Schremp finished second in the 500 yard freestyle with a time of 5:09.36, breaking another school record, the previous a time of 5:14.93.
Rockford’s 200 freestyle relay team of Kristen Schnelle, Kennedy Cutler, Dakota Noble, and Erin Hudson took first, breaking both the varsity and the pool record with a time of 1:37.62, qualifying for All American. In the 100 yard backstroke Vandawater took third with a time of 58.77. Cutler finished the 100 yard breaststroke in a time of 1:05.40, taking first place as well as breaking both the varsity and pool record. The previous pool record holder, Kara Lynn Joyce is now a two time Olympic medalist. The varsity record had been untouched since 2002.
The Rams finished the meet strong, coming in third place in the 400 yard freestyle relay.
“I don’t think we could have swam better,” said Parks.