Swim/Dive team waves season goodbye

Senior Alex Devries breaks the existing 2001 pool record for the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 53.90 at the OK Red conference championship meet.

by DENISE WEBB Even though the 2010 season for Rockford’s 49 swimmers and divers has ended, the fond memories will continue. “Looking back at the team’s season, we did really well and accomplished a lot,” said senior Ian Rosloniec. “Our successes weren’t just because of one person though. There were many who did great and […]

Rockford takes seventh in state for swimming, diving

Crushing the existing 2004 200-yard medley relay pool record on February 27 with a time of 1:37.06 were (l–r) sophomore Josh Travis, senior Brian Ginebaugh, junior Ben Fredrickson and senior Derik Bothma. This team of four also placed second in the state behind OK Red conference foes West Ottawa, and earned All American with the minimum time needed of 1:37.02.

by DENISE WEBB At state finals for any sport, the realization of how refined and talented Rockford’s athletes are becomes evident. The March 12 and 13 swimming and diving Division I state preliminaries and finals were no exception. Fifty-four Michigan high schools qualified this year to compete at this event, where only the best of […]

Rockford wins ninth conference championship with fierce momentum

Rockford’s swim and dive team wins the OK Red conference championship title. Pictured are seniors Derik Bothma, Andrew Denhof, Alex Devries, Brian Ginebaugh, Tyler Johnson, Andrew Murray, Kyle Peterson, Ian Roslaniec, Connor Thelen; juniors Ben Fredrickson, Jared Martella, LJ McCauley, Tim Newberger, Kurt Plaggemars, Jeff Schmitt, Dominick Sheridan; sophomores Cody Brown, Eric Chisholm, Drew Cornelius, Allyn Kinney, Nathan Napolillo, Daniel Newberger, Ben Pitts, Alex Savage, Jared Seifert, Michael Staley, Josh Travis, Bryan Wasberg, Harrison Webb; freshmen Mike Arend, Trenten Babcock, Corey Fase, Justin Hulsebus, Noah Markel, Nick Willison; and the coaching staff, Head Coach Tom Parks, assistant coaches Dave McWatters and Amanda Gorga, Diving Coach Marc VanDyken, and team managers Jessica Cutler and Erica Cutler.

by DENISE WEBB Shoulder-to-shoulder spectators and fans witnessed a Rockford historical moment as the underdog prevailed on February 25-27 at the Rams’ natatorium at the conclusion of what Head Coach Tom Parks coined a “dog fight season.” Rockford overtook six extremely fast and talented OK Red conference teams to secure its second consecutive conference championship […]

Rockford swim/dive team defeats East Kentwood 192-116

Senior Brian Ginebaugh improves his existing state-qualifying time in the 100-yard breaststroke by .78 seconds with a time of 1:01.45.

by DENISE WEBB “It was one of the best nights of my life,” said a smiling senior Andrew Murray, as he exited Rockford’s natatorium February 18 after swimming his last high school dual meet. Murray had much to smile about that evening. The Rams swamped East Kentwood 192-116 in their final dual meet of the […]

Rockford swim/dive team dominates invitational, earns 11 medals

Rockford’s swim/dive

  Yes, Rockford’s swim/dive team had an “epic, victorious, stupendous, awesome, sweet finish,” said junior Jared Martella, trying to best describe a day of indescribable feats. “Parks was even surprised,” added Martella, talking about Rockford’s head swim/dive coach Tom Parks. The invitational began Friday night, Jan. 8, with the diving portion. Sixteen divers performed 11 […]