On Saturday September 14, 2013, the Rockford Girl’s Swim & Dive team returned to Holland Aquatic Center for a double dual meet. Rockford competed with Holland, the reigning 2012 Division 2 State Champions who are currently ranked 1st in Division 2 as well as Farmington Hills Mercy who is currently ranked 1st in Division 1. For Rockford, the meet was an opportunity to swim & dive against some amazing talent prior to the start of their OK Red Conference season. Rockford, currently ranked 3rd in Division 1 pulled off a thrilling victory against the Dutch with a final score of 94-92. Farmington Hills Mercy edged Rockford in their dual 107-79.
In this meet each team could enter five swimmers who were not exhibition and the three best times from each team scored. Once again, meet strategy and swimmer combinations, both in relays and individual events, played a key role in the win against Holland. Also, of importance is the amazing depth that the Lady Rams have this year in both swimming & diving.
The meet started with the 200 yard medley relay and the team of Kara Vandawater, Sidney McDowell, Maddie Trimble, and Erin Hudson placed 3rd with a time of 150.52 and in 4th place was the Ram relay team of Delayni Kornak Kotarba, Christina Hanssen, Kallen Wolfer, and Dakota Noble. The 200 freestyle featured Marissa Marion with a close finish to grab the 2nd place spot in a time of 159.39, Sara Fredricks close as well in 4th with a time of 159.87 and Megan Schremp in 6th with a time of 202.15. In the 200 individual medley, Kara Vandawater placed 2nd with a time of 214.31, Sidney McDowell was 6th touching at 218.75, and Hannah Raymond placed 7th in 222.08. The 50 yard freestyle featured Ram speed in the pool by Erin Hudson touching 2nd in 24.48 followed by Meegan Snyman in 5th at 25.52 and Dakota Noble in 6th touching at 25.58.
The diving portion of the meet highlighted a strong contingent from Rockford who claimed six of the top 10 diving positions. Mackenzie Smith placed 10th with 129.15 points and Katie Montroy claimed the 8th spot with 145.13. Sarah McCabe finished 7th for the Rams divers with 159.30 points and Olivia Dopkiss took the 5th spot with 172.45. Ali Cook placed 4th with 184.20 points & Mikayla Scogg posted a new season personal best finishing in 2nd place with 218.40 points. Once again, strong diving performances helped boost the Ram’s point totals.
Next up was the 100 yard butterfly event which featured Delayni Kornak Kotarba placing 5th with a time of 102.00, Maddie Trimble in 8th with a time of 104.05 and rounding out the point scorers for the Rams in 10th place was Kallen Wolfer with a time of 105.31. The 100 yard freestyle again showcased Ram speed in the pool. Erin Hudson finished 3rd in 54.80, Marissa Marion in 4th touched the wall at 55.01, and Meegan Snyman placed 6th at 56.33. Scoring in the 500 freestyle event were Sara Fredricks with a race for the finish in 5th in a time of 524.14, Megan Schremp placing 6th in 532.69, and Emily Smith in 8th touching the wall in 540.41.
The 200 freestyle relay teams again showcased Rockford’s depth by placing 3rd and 4th in this event. The team of Dakota Noble, Meegan Snyman, Marissa Marion, and Erin Hudson finished in a time of 140.14 and the team of Maddie Trimble, Sara Fredricks, Emily Smith, and Megan Schremp touched the wall at 145. 19. The 100 backstroke placed Kara Vandawater in 4th place with an impressive finish of 101.13 and this time qualifies Kara for the State Meet in this event. Delayni Kornak Kotarba finished close behind in 5th at 101.21 and Rachel Fredricks touched the wall in 104.29. The 100 Breaststroke event gave the Rams another spectacular State Meet qualifying time when Sydney McDowell touched the wall at 109.01 which placed her in 2nd, Christina Hanssen finished in 114.71 placing 7th and Lauren Mirecki rounded out the scorers in 10th place in a time of 115. 94. The meet concluded with the 400 freestyle relay and once again depth was a force for the Rams as they finished 3rd with Megan Schremp, Emily Smith, Kara Vandawater, and Marissa Marion clocking 345.84 and 4th was the team of Sara Fredricks, Dakota Noble, Delayni Kornak Kotarba and Meegan Snyman finishing in 348.16.
Coach Parks was very happy after the meet with this great and unexpected victory over Holland, who many consider to be the second best team in the state. As the Lady Rams continue to work hard both in and out of the pool, they continue to make waves early in the season. Next up for the Girl’s Swim & Dive team are away meets against Zeeland on Tuesday, September 24 & Grandville on Thursday, September 26. Mark your calendar and join us in supporting the team at their first home meet on Thursday, October 3 against East Kentwood.