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Rams JV water polo wins Jenison tournament

April 22, 2010 // 0 Comments

Grueling six straight days of games intense When the Rockford women’s water polo teams returned from spring break, they had their work cut out for them, as in six consecutive days of games. For those familiar with this grueling sport, this means something, especially since Friday and Saturday consisted of multiple games as part of the Jenison round robin tournament. To the Lady Rams, they took the schedule in stride. Head Coach Scott Voltz noted, “It has been a crazy week! To come back from spring break and have only one practice prior to this week’s games, it can be quite a challenge. The girls have responded well. We also have learned from a lot of game situations and come out of this week stronger than we came in.” The junior varsity team hit its stride on Friday and Saturday at the Jenison Invitational, winning all four of their games to earn first place. Freshman Ellie Raymond was particularly strong in the final game against host team Jenison, stopping 12 attempts to beat Jenison 9-4. Freshman Adrianna Kraft had five goals, Sarah Smith had two, and Abby Finlayson and Alyssa Rollins each had one. To get to the finals on Saturday, April 17, the JV squad defeated Ann Arbor Pioneer 9-2, East Kentwood 11-0, and Hudsonville 13-3. The varsity team faced very tough opponents at the Jenison Invitational, starting out with top seed Naperville from the Chicago area. Besides the Early Bird Tournament in Ann Arbor, the Rams’ varsity team had not experienced play at this level this season. They fell to Naperville 3-8, then lost a close game in overtime to East Kentwood 4-5. The score flip-flopped throughout the game, with many of the Rams’ opportunities just hitting the cross bar. The Lady Rams will seek a rematch on Tuesday, April 20 at East Kentwood. Following this tough loss, the Rams faced powerhouse Hudsonville and hung with them until the fourth quarter, which began tied at 3-3. The Rams lost 4-7, but now know what to look for during the playoffs. The Lady Rams wrapped up the tournament with a 13-3 victory over Grandville, with five saves from junior goalie Tiffany Elenbaas, three goals from Casey Wolfer, two from Emily Williams, Lauren Hulsebus and […]

Rams swim/dive team swamp conference rival Jenison

October 22, 2009 // 0 Comments

Easy win over Grand Haven At the risk of sounding repetitive, it was depth once again that secured the Lady Rams’ victory over its swim/dive conference rival, Jenison. On Thursday, Oct. 8, the Lady Rams A team headed to Wildcat territory to take on a very fast and strong team which they had defeated in all four divisions the week prior at the Forest Hills Invitational. Now it was time for a one-on-one match-up. The Rams were up to the challenge. The meet started with the 200 medley relay, with Casey Wolfer, Rachael Romain, Erica Cutler and Lauren Girard taking first with a 1:54.2. Teammates Kennedy Cutler, Morgan Lipe, Taylor Downs and Taylor Hutson finished third with 1:59.98, and Kristen Long, Sloan Ouellette, Adrianna Craft and Audrey Tinkham followed with 2:03.78. Event two, the 200 freestyle, was a second- through fifth-place finish for the Rams, with identical twins Sarah and Alaina Smith finishing 2.02.74 and 2.02.83 respectively, followed by Morgan Longberg with 2:03.99 and Lexy Caster at 2:04.16. The 200 IM followed with another great finish by Rockford swimmers Jessica Cutler (second, 2:14.08), Romain (third, 2:18.89), E. Cutler (fourth, 2.19.32), and Lipe (fifth, 2.25.19). In the 50 free, all four top Rams swam within less than a second of each other, with Jamie Van Portfliet (second, 26.01), Wolfer (third, 26.03), Girard (fourth, 26.59) and K. Cutler (sixth, 26.73). Rockford diver Erica Finlayson fell just 2.75 points behind Jenison’s first-place diver Demi Welch. Totals were Finlayson (second, 202.05), Katie DeHaan (third, 188.00), Rita Snyder (fourth, 181.65), and Macie DeGraaf (sixth, 165.30). During the second half of the meet, Rockford’s top finishers included: • 100 butterfly—E. Cutler (first, 1:00.55), S. Smith (second, 1:02.42), Craft (fourth, 1:04.18), and Downs (sixth, 1:07.63) • 100 free—A. Smith (second, 56.25), Van Portfliet (third, 57.68), Girard (fourth, 58.08), Caster (fifth, 58.31) • 500 free—J. Cutler (first, 5:21.03), Craft (fifth, 5:42.60), Holly Nauta (seventh, 5:46.91), Hutson (eighth, 5:49) • 200 freestyle relay—S. Smith, E. Cutler, VanPortfliet, J. Cutler (first, 1:44.01); A. Smith, Hutson, Caster, Girard (second, 1:46.07); Tinkham, Emily Williams, Alyssa Rollins, Alli Wilburn (fourth, 1:49.98) • 100 back—Wolfer (first, 1:02.99), Longberg (second, 1:03.59), K. Cutler (fourth, 1:06.87), Downs (fifth, 1:07.31) • 100 breaststroke—Romain (third, 1:13.03), Lipe (fourth, 1:13.66), Ouellette (seventh, 1:16.49), Ashley […]