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Rams Compete in MHSAA D1 State Finals

By Jeannie Gregory, 03/09/19, 8:30AM EST

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Ram Gavin Saur competes in the 200 medley relay during the MHSAA State Finals. ~ Photo by Tracy Saur

HOLLAND – The Holland Aquatic Center played host to the MHSAA Boys D1 Boys Swim & Dive State Meet, Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9. Rockford swimmers and divers had a good two days, landing in 13th place in the entire state with 72 points. West Ottawa claimed the state crown with a score of 248, Detroit Catholic Central landed second with a score of 240, and Hudsonville earned third with 164 points.

Rockford fans saw athletes have a productive day on Friday during the preliminaries, with the Rams qualifying in seven events for Saturday. Two relay teams, a diver, and four individual racers moved on to swim in the finals.

In the finals, Zach Burns was able to claim a fourth place in the 100 Backstroke touching the wall at 51.18. As an individual Burns also placed 13th in the 200 Freestyle with a time of 1:43.51. Conner Dedert landed in seventh place in the 100 Freestyle with a time of 47.06, and also placed 16th in the 100 Backstroke with a time of 53.71. Kyle Arend finished 12th in the 50 Freestyle, clocking in at 21.71. Josh Vickery made a splash in the 1-Meter Diving, landing in 14th place with a score of 325.05.

The 200 Freestyle Relay team of Conner Dedert, Ben Schuchardt, Zach Burns and Kyle Arend placed seventh with a time of 1:27.23. The 200 Medley Relay team of Conner Dedert, Dwight Hua, Gavin Saur and Kyle Arend followed with a 13th place finish with a time of 1:38.42.

The Rams found themselves posting plenty of personal bests in the pool during the post-season, peaking at the right time and showing all their hard work and dedication to the sport paid off for them. Congratulations goes to the team for all their effort, and Ram fans offer well wishes to the Ram seniors who close the door on their final season.


The 200 freestyle relay team, left to right Zach Burns, Conner Dedert, Ben Schuchardt, and Kyle Arend right before their race at the State Finals. ~ Photo by Tracy Saur


Ben Schuchardt takes off in the 200 freestyle relay. ~ Photo by Tracy Saur


Conner Dedert competes in the 100 freestyle. ~ Photo by Tracy Saur


Josh Vickery competing in the MHSAA State Finals in the 1-mater board diving competition. ~ Photo by Tracy Saur


Logan Lovall competes in the 400 Freestyle Relay during the State preliminaries on Friday, March 8. ~ Photo by Tracy Saur


Conner Dedert leaves the starting block for the 200 Freestyle Relay . ~ Photo by Tracy Saur


Conner Dedert performs the backstroke for the Rams in the 200 Medley Relay. ~ Photo by Tracy Saur


Zach Burns competes in the 200 Freestyle during the State Finals. ~ Photo by Tracy Saur


The 200 Medley Relay team of Kyle Arend and Dwight Hua, in front, and Gavin Saur and Conner Dedert, in back, placed 13th in the state finals. ~ Photo by Tracy Saur


Ram diver Josh Vickery landed 14th on the 1-meter Board. ~ Photo by Tracy Saur


Zach Burns placed fourth in the state in the 100 Backstroke. ~ Photo by Tracy Saur


Conner Dedert earned 16th place in the 100 Backstroke. ~ Photo by Tracy Saur


The 200 medley relay team from left to right Dwight Hua, Kyle Arend, Gavin Saur, and Conner Dedert prepare for their race. ~ Photo by Tracy Saur


Conner Dedert blasts off the wall during the 100 backstroke competition at the State Finals. ~ Photo by Tracy Saur


Dwight Hua during his start for the 200 Medley Relay. ~ Photo by Tracy Saur


Dwight Hua performs the breaststroke in his leg of the 200 Medley Relay. ~ Photo by Tracy Saur


Kyle Arend takes on the competition in the 50 Freestyle. ~ Photo by Tracy Saur


Zach Burns starts off the wall for the backstroke competition. ~ Photo by Tracy Saur


Zach Burns competes in the 100 Backstroke at the Holland Aquatic Center for the MHSAA State Finals. ~ Photo by Tracy Saur


Kyle Arend starts at the MHSAA State Finals in the 200 Medley Relay. ~ Photo by Tracy Saur


The 200 Freestyle Relay team of( front) Kyle Arend and Ben Schuchardt, (back) Zach Burns and Conner Dedert placed seventh in the state finals. ~ Photo by Tracy Saur


Conner Dedert earned seventh place in the 100 Freestyle. ~ Photo by Tracy Saur


Kyle Arend placed 12th in the 50 Freestyle. ~ Photo by Tracy Saur


Zach Burns placed 13th in the 200 Freestyle. ~ Photo by Tracy Saur