Rockford Riptide sent its largest contingent of swimmers ever to the 12-and-under Michigan Swimming Short Course state championships March 12-14 in Waterford, Mich. A total of 17 Riptide swimmers qualified and competed in 73 individual swims and six relays during the event. This was nearly double the number of qualifiers in previous years. Riptide placed sixth statewide in the championship, the best showing of any West Michigan team. Swimmers who qualified and competed in individual events included Ethan Babcock, Russell Brown, Alec Cutler, Jacob Fase, Daniel Haid, Christina Hanssen, Kennzie Hartmann, Julian Kipke, Delayni Kornak-Kortoba, Marissa Marion, Sydney McDowell, David Newberger, Jacob Newberger, Dakota Noble, Peyton Rayburn, Abigail Setterington, and Meegan Snyman. “Many of our swimmers were relatively inexperienced going into the highest level meet for this age group, but they had what other teams didn’t: a drive to succeed,” said Coach Mike Cutler. “We shattered several club records, and many swimmers delivered personal-best times at the state event.” J. Newberger placed in the top five in each of the 11 events in which he competed and took first place in the 10-and-under 100-meter backstroke events, setting a new Riptide club record in the process. Snyman also placed first in the 10-and-under 50-meter breaststroke event. The girls 10-and-under 200-meter relay team of Setterington, McDowell, Snyman, and Hartmann placed second and also beat the previous club record by more than five seconds. The boys 11-12 200 free relay team of Brown, Cutler, Haid and D. Newberger placed first. Other swimmers placing in the top five in events during the state meet were McDowell and D. Newberger, Swimmers ages 13 and up competed in their state meet March 19-21 and some will go on to sectionals in Indianapolis the last weekend of March. Riptide is currently registering swimmers for its spring conditioning season, which runs April 12 through May 27. Riptide’s purpose is to introduce children to the benefits of competitive swimming and encourage swimmers to reach their highest level of potential in and out of the water while demonstrating leadership and sportsmanship skills. For more information, visit www.riptide.org.