Rebound win for Rockford Swim and Dive Team

Fourth-ranked Rockford rebounded nicely from its first OK-Red loss in five years by dominating host Grandville 198-115 Thursday in girls swimming and diving.

The Rams lost to fifth-ranked West Ottawa at home last week 165-150, but had little trouble against the Bulldogs, winning nine of 12 events and improving to 8-2 in dual meets this season.

The big showdown in this meet was the diving competition, which featured three state finalists from 2016, Rockford’s Elise Jendritz (7th) and Grandville’s Gracyn Segard (4th) and Anna Otto (14th). Segard, with 275.05 points, held off Jendritz and Otto, who finished tied for second with 243.05.

Rockford opened the scoring in style by finishing 1-2 in the 200 medley relay, with senior Peyton Rayburn, sophomore Masy Folcik, sophomore Sam Knepper and senior Erin McDowell finishing first in 1:54.45 and an all-freshman relay of Sarah Foster, Sara Kraus, Paige Beers and Sydney Seymour taking second in 1:58.38.

Junior Morgan Kraus (1:58.78) and sophomore Rachel Gamm (2:01.58) finished 1-2 in the 200 freestyle, while Knepper (2:17.68) and Sara Kraus (2:18.21) followed that by taking the top two spots in the 200 individual medley. Rayburn won the 50 freestyle (25.01) to give the Rams a solid lead heading into diving.

Morgan Kraus (5:34.37) won the 500 freestyle, while Rayburn (1:00.25) won the 100 backstroke and Knepper (1:00.98) and Folcik (1:03.86) wrapping up a sweep of the top three spots.

Rockford’s 200 freestyle relay team won by two seconds, with Sara Kraus, Gamm, sophomore Kaleigh Blockland and McDowell winning in 1:44.50. The Rams capped off the meet by winning the 400 freestyle relay by almost nine seconds, with Anna Mixon, Gamm, McDowell and Morgan Kraus winning in 3:49.21.

The Rams host Senior Night against East Kentwood at 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 19th to close out regular-season OK-Red competition. Rockford also will host the OK-Red Conference Finals on November 2nd through November 4th.