Women’s swim & dive kicks off season with a victory

by Deb Schremp


The 2013 Women’s Swim & Dive team is comprised of 31 swimmers and an amazing 13 divers this year. Head Coach for the team is Tom Parks, who is assisted on the swim side by Kevin Brown and Sami Jordan and on the dive side by Chad Randall and Dan Smith. The team kicked off their season on Friday, August 23, 2013 with a non-conference meet versus Jenison.

It did not take long for the Rams to come out and make a statement in the pool. In the first event, Kara Vandawater, Sydney McDowell, Maddie Trimble, and Erin Hudson finished first and secured the Rams with their first State Meet qualifying time of 151.43. The 200 free was next and the Rams stacked up the top four spots with finishes by Megan Schremp (204.91), Marissa Marion (204.99), Sara Fredricks (205.20), and Emily Smith (205.22). The 200 IM featured a first place finish by Kara Vandawater who touched the wall at 215.41, followed by Hannah Raymond in 3rd with a time of 219.85 and Syndey McDowell in 4th at 225.60. In the 50 free, Erin Hudson put up the Ram’s second State Meet qualifying time of the day finishing first with a time of 25.11. Rounding out the event was Maddie Trimble placing third touching at 25.90 and Dakota Noble in 5th with a time of 26.45.

The meet featured seven of Rockford’s 13 dedicated divers. Mikayla Scogg completed six dives with a final score of 193.60 placing her in third and Olivia Dopkiss tallied 192.35 points to place fourth at the meet. Congratulations to Mikayla & Olivia as their scores earned them their six dive varsity letter for the 2013 season. The depth of this year’s dive team will be a treat to watch as they continue to develop and evolve over the next several months.

Next up was the 100 butterfly and the Rams again captured the top four spots on the board. Maddie Trimble touched first with a time of 101.41, followed by Delayni Kornak-Kotarba at 102.88, in third was Hannah Raymond at 104.60 and in fourth was Kallen Wolfer touching at 106.31. The 100 freestyle featured Meegan Snyman with a first place finish of 55.47 followed closely in second place by Marissa Marion at 55.83 and Emily Smith in fourth with a time of 56.68. The 500 freestyle featured Sara Fredricks touching first with a time of 533.17, Megan Schremp in third at 537.89, and Abby Haaksma, new from Colorado to the team, with a fourth place time of 548.67. The 200 yard freestyle relay team comprised of Dakota Noble, Maddie Trimble, Kara Vadawater, and Erin Hudson secured the third State Meet qualifying time for the Rams this day finishing in first with a time of 142.67. The 100 backstroke event was another strong event for the Rams closing out the top four spots with Delayni Kornak-Kotarba in first at 102.28, Rachel Fredricks in second at 106.19, Cory Stage in third touching at 107.74 and Kallen Wolfer in fourth at 108.36. The 100 breast featured Sydney McDowell placing first with a time of 110.59, Christina Hanssen finishing 3rd at 116.43 and Lauren Mirecki rounding out the top four places touching the wall at 118.59. Closing the meet, the 400 freestyle relay team of Marissa Marion, Megan Schremp, Emily Smith and Sara Fredricks placed first with a time of 348.44.

The final score of the meet was a victory for the Rams finishing 111 -70. The meet showcased impressive swimming and diving by the Rams early in the year which will make for a very exciting season. Many of the incoming freshmen, as well as swimmers new to the team, achieved their 2013 varsity letter times at this first meet. Congratulations to all on a great Ram victory!

Next up for the Women’s Swim and Dive team are the West Michigan Relays on Saturday, September 7 at the Holland Aquatic Center.


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