Rockford Girls Swim/Dive Team

Girls swim/dive team kicks off season with speed, depth

September 24, 2009 // 0 Comments

  When the Lady Rams’ swimming and diving team take the deck, one thing is immediately apparent: this team has depth. With 48 swimmers and seven divers, the talent pool is large—and young. Thirty-three of the 55-team roster are freshmen and sophomores who are stepping up under their senior leadership and contributing in big ways. Led by head coach Tom Parks, B team Coach Kevin Brown, diving coach Marc VanDyken, assistant coach Abby Schuyten, and team captains Jessica Cutler, Erica Cutler, Ashley Gremel and Taylor Hutson, the Rockford girls swimming and diving team kicked off their season Saturday, Sept. 12, with the A team heading to West Michigan Relays at East Kentwood and the B team competing in the Birds of Prey Relays at Union High School. The girls swam well, despite their intense training and conditioning in the weeks prior to their first meet. The A team took second place at West Michigan Relays, outperforming swimming rivals Holland, West Ottawa and Jenison. The East Grand Rapids Pioneers took first place. Rockford’s B team finished fifth at Birds of Prey, with Coach Brown noting he was “very pleased with his swimmers’ progress and performance. Every girl achieved a personal best time in at least one event.”     The Rams hosted their first dual meet on Tuesday, Sept. 15, against Zeeland, winning easily with 107.5 to 76.5 points. The meet opened with the Lady Rams going first-second-fourth in the 200 individual medley (IM), with the winning relay of Wolfer, Romain, E. Cutler and Van Portfliet swimming a Division I state-qualifying time of 1:55.08.   Zeeland came on strong with a series of first places (taking six out of 12 events), but the Rams’ depth was no match in the long run. Sarah Smith took second in the 200-yard free with a state-qualifying time of 2:01.24, and J. Cutler took second in the 200 IM with a state-qualifying time of 2:14.48. The Rams took first and second in the 50-yard freestyle, with Van Portfliet swimming 26.12 followed closely by Wolfer with 26.45. E. Cutler followed her twin sister’s state-qualifying lead with a quick 59.84 in the 100-yard butterfly, just missing a new pool record. Alaina Smith, also with an identical twin sister on the team, took […]