On Thursday January 29 the Rams were in Grand Haven for a conference meet against the Buccaneers. The Rams swam away with the victory defeating Grand Haven 208 to 106. Ram Swimmers took first place in all the individual events, 1 meter diving and all relay events. David Newberger took first place in the 200 Free with a state qualifying time of 1:48.09. Rockford swimmers took the first three places in the 200 IM, the 100 Butterfly and the 100 Breaststroke. Jacob Fase finished first in the 200 IM with a time of 2:02.73. He was followed by Ethan Babcock (2:12.52) and Nate Isley (2:13.28). Jacob Newberger touched the wall first in the 100 Butterfly with a time of 57.10. Jacob Kelly finished second (58.42) followed by Don Hua (1:01.93). In the 100 Breaststroke, Nate Isley finished first with a time of 1:05.19. Ethan Babcock finished second (1:05.71) and Israel Chino third (1:08.19). In the 50 Free, Rockford’s Corbin Bremmeyr (22.85) finished first and Tyler Willison (23.73) was second. David Newberger was first in the 100 free with a state qualifying time of 48.69 and Alec Cutler placed third (51.55) in this event. Rockford also finished first, Jacob Newberger (58.44) and second, Alec Cutler (1:01.96) in the 100 Backstroke. In the 200 Medley Relay the team of Jacob Newberger, Nate Isley, Don Hua and Corbin Bremmeyr finished first with a 1:43.15. The 200 Free Relay team of David Newberger, Corbin Bremmeyr, Tyler Willison and Jacob Fase took first in the state qualifying time of 1:30.66. Grand Haven finished second (1:32.87) followed by the Rockford Team of Don Hua, Jacob Kelley, Sam Sikkema and Jack Sikkema (1:37.84). In the final swim event, the 400 Free Relay Rockford placed first and second. The team of David Newberger, Corbin Bremmeyr, Jacob Fase and Alec Cutler finished first with a 3:24.85. Brent Trewhella, Sam Sikkema, Jacob Newberger and Ethan Babcock touched the wall for second place (3:40.24) followed by the team from Grand Haven. Rockford Diver Jake Herremans finished first and set a new Grand Haven pool record with 367 points. Rockford also finished second Jared Smigiel (198.10) and third, Jonathan Brussow (161.10) in 1 meter diving. On Thursday February 5, Rockford has a home meet against West Ottawa. […]
Rockford Swim/Dive Team
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 got us the points that we needed to win. Without everyone, we wouldn’t have done what we did this year.” The Rams swimmers/divers earned second place at the West Michigan Relays on December 19, first place at the Rockford Invitational January 8-9, and first place at the Freshman/Sophomore Invitational February 6. There were 10 “veggie” winners at the Jenison meet January 25. Rockford had an 8-1 dual meet season record, and a 5-1conference dual meet season record—a three-way tie with Grandville and West Ottawa. They earned first place at the OK Red conference championship meet on February 25-27, and were winners of the OK Red conference. The Rams sent nine swimmers and three divers to the state finals, placing seventh out of 53 Division I qualifying schools. Two Rockford pool records were broken—one by Alex Devries for the 100-butterfly and another by Derik Bothma, Ben Fredrickson, Brian Ginebaugh and Josh Travis for the 200-medley relay. Five swimmers earned All Conference, five swimmers earned All State, four swimmers earned All American, and 107 medals were won throughout this accomplished season. Also, the team collectively swam three-quarters of the way around the world, approximately 15,600 miles. The circumference of the Earth at the equator is 24,901.55 miles. The coaches awarded Jared Martella “Most Improved.” “The difference between last year and this year was last year I just swam because I had to,” said Martella. “This year I was inspired to do well. I was inspired when I saw myself scoring points for the team. The more I helped the team, the more inspired I got. Every time I did better, I became more determined.” Seniors Alex Devries and Brian Ginebaugh and sophomore Bryan Wasberg shared the MVP award, and Jeff Schmitt received the Coaches Award. “From day one, everyone got along. It was like a giant family,” Rosloniec added. “Everyone supported each other; meets were crazy with cheering from the whole team. […]
Score: Rockford 193, Grand Haven 115 After defeating Grand Haven by more than 60 points in a non-conference meet before the holidays, the Rams saw history repeat itself on January 28 as they once again overwhelmed the Buccaneers, 193-115. From the first event to the last, Rockford out-swam Grand Haven. A prime example came in the 200-yard IM when Bryan Wasberg (2:03.93), Derik Bothma (2:09.35), Trenten Babcock (2:09.36) and Jeff Schmitt (2:09.52) placed first, second, third and fourth, respectively. Another example was the 500-yard freestyle in which Schmitt (5:16.62, a personal best), Brian Ginebaugh (5:18.75), and Nick Willison (5:20.08) placed first, second and third. “Now our sites are set on the West Ottawa meet,” said senior Andrew Denhof. Don’t miss the Thursday, Feb. 4 meet, as Rockford and West Ottawa will swim/dive in an anticipated close meet.
Bothma finished the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 22.79, which was one hundredth of a second faster (22.80) than outstanding swimmer Sam Schulze of Grand Haven. Bothma now has two state times, the first earned in the 100-yard freestyle (49.99) at the December 8 meet against Byron Center. Devries swam the 100-yard butterfly with a state time of 55.52, almost four seconds faster than the next contender. Devries is the defending conference champion for this event. The Rams’ next meet is on Thursday, Jan. 7, at Grandville, starting at 6:30 p.m.