Rockford Middle School Boys Swim and Dive team takes second at Conference

A Grandville swimmer and a Rockford swimmer demonstrate sportsmanship after they finish their race

Rockford boys middle school swim and dive finished up their season with 5 wins, 2 losses and a second place finish at the MKO Conference Meet on March 15 in Grandville. Twenty-five swimmers and five divers began the season in January and struggled to get practice time with all the snow and ice days. Many meets were postponed and some even had to be rescheduled with three teams rather than the usual dual meets for the middle school.

Under the direction of Head coach Kevin Brown, Assistant coach Tim Saur and Dive coach Doug Karsen all 30 boys had a lot of fun and became better swimmers and divers.

The final meet was exciting for spectators with just 55 points separating the top three teams of Hundsonville, Rockford and Zeeland. There were many close races and Rockford finished in the top 3 in many races.

The final dive meet took place on March 14 and Julian Cordenas took 2nd place earning 17 points and Jacob Mertes earned 6th place with just .06 points behind 5th  and earning 13 points to give the Rams a good start before swimming began the next day.

Head Coach Brown and Kade Folcik smile about a good swim

The 200-yard medley relay of Kamran Rahimi, Will Cheney, Jacob Hopkins and Jake Herrington started out the swimming with 2nd place finish. Corbin Herrington earned 3rd place in the 200 free for the first individual event. His brother Jake Herrington took 4th  and Chay Chino also earned points at 11th in the 100 individual medley. Cheney scored 3rd place in the 50 free with Rahimi taking 8th, Hopkins placing 10th,  and Hayden Hindman earning 11th. J. Herrington placed 4th in the 50 butterfly event with Hopkins taking 8th  and Chino scoring with 12th place. In the 100 freestyle event, C. Herrington placed 3rd, Bryce Morin took 6th  and Hindman earned 8th. In the 100 yard, back Rahimi placed 6th and Logan Stevens took 10th. In the finial individual event, the 100 breast, Cheney placed 4th while Kade Folcik got 7th and Devin Wardrop took 10th. The final event of the day was the 200 yard free relay and the Rockford team of Hindman, C. Herrington, Folcik and Stevens beat the Hudsonville team by .32 seconds to earn 2nd place.

Coach Brown said the boys and coaches had a great season and there were many personal bests at the final meet despite having limited practice time due to school closures.