Rockford Girls Swim and Dive place 6th at State and smash records

Kennedy Cutler hugs her teammates after placing 2nd in the 100 Breast.

When asked at the beginning of the year what her goal was for the season, senior Kennedy Cutler quietly said, “I’d like to break a record.” Little did she know that she would break not one but four school records, and that she would be joined on the record board by eight more of her teammates. In all, the Rockford Lady Rams broke eight school records and two pool records, and in several cases, broke them multiple times during the past two weeks.

The records broken this year were:

200 Medley Relay- Kara Vandawater, Kennedy Cutler, Madison Trimble and Erin Hudson with All-American times.

200 Free – Megan Schremp.

200 IM – Kara Vandawater

100 Free – Kennedy Cutler

500 Free – Megan Schremp

200 Free Relay School and Pool Records – Kennedy Cutler, Kristen Schnelle, Dakota Noble and Erin Hudson with All-American times.

100 Breast School and Pool records – Kennedy Cutler with All-American consideration times, beating the pool record previously held by two-time Olympian Kara Lynn Joyce.

400 Free Relay – Megan Schremp, Emily Smith, Kara Vandawater and Marissa Marion.

Ali Cook in midair

The Lady Rams had a strong showing in the MSHAA State meet November 16th and 17th at Holland Aquatic Center, competing in the finals in ten events and finishing 6th overall. Thirteen swimmers and two divers qualified for the state meet including Ali Cook, Adrianna Craft, Kennedy Cutler, Erin Hudson, Delayni Kornak-Kotarba, Morgan Lipe, Marissa Marion, Analene Mellin, Dakota Noble, Hannah Raymond, Kristen Schnelle, Megan Schremp, Emily Smith, Madison Trimble, and Kara Vandawater.

Highlights were the 200 Freestyle relays 2nd place finish and Kennedy Cutler’s 2nd place finish in the 100 breast.

“I’m ecstatic with the results of this season,” said coach Tom Parks. “The girls defied expectations and were a very fun group to coach. We are moving from a great duel meet team to a great championship team.”

Senior and captain Kennedy Cutler said, “I’m a very happy girl right now. I’m so proud of my team for all their hard work this year, and am grateful to everyone involved for making this the best Senior year swim season a girl could ask for.”

With only two of the nine record-breaking swimmers graduating this year, the future indeed looks very promising for the girls’ swim and dive team.

Rockford Lady Rams demonstrate their sportsmanship and support for State champions West Ottawa by giving the “W” sign – for “West Side” (of the state)

“The girls really lived their motto this year, “Fortes fortuna adiuvat” (fortune favors the bold) – In my opinion the program is headed for greater things and I’m very pumped up for the season next year!” – Tom Parks


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