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Rams Swim & Dive Down the Bucs

By Jeannie Gregory, 10/03/19, 11:30PM EDT


~ Photo by Dana Kraus

GRAND HAVEN – The Rams swim & dive team took a trip to Grand Haven and helped the Bucs celebrate Senior Night, Thursday, Oct. 3. However, when the swimmers entered the water it was business as usual, with the Rams enjoying a 186-129 OK Red victory. The Rams claimed all three relays, and also landed individual firsts in six of the events.

Ashley Lund enjoyed two individual firsts, as did Sara Kraus. Masy Folcik and Ava Laufersky each claimed a first, also. In the relays, the team of Sara Kraus, Josie Geers, Masy Folcik and Ashley Lund dominated the 200 Medley Relay, touching the wall at 1:50.65, almost a full nine seconds ahead of the Grand Haven team. The 200 Freestyle Relay added quite a bit of excitement to the evening, with the Ram team of Paige Beers, Taylor Scott, Rachel Gamm and Folcik touched the wall at 1:40.59, just edging out the Grand Haven team, who clocked in at 1:40.94. The final event of the evening was the 400 Freestyle Relay and the team of Beers, Gamm, Kraus and Lund claimed the event to close the meet with a time of 3:40.75.

The Rams kicked off the individual events by claiming four of the top six spots in the 200 Freestyle, and the crowd was able to enjoy watching one of the top swimmers in the state in Kathryn Ackerman. Gamm claimed second with a time of 1:59.74. Beers, Marie Parawdzik, and Isabelle Glover, landed fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively. The 200 IM saw Kraus reel in a first, clocking in at 2:08.54. Geers claimed fourth at 2:23.01, and Ally Kinstle placed sixth with a time of 2:28.82. Rylee Davis landed in seventh with a time of 2:31.47. Rockford also claimed the 50 Freestyle with Lund blazing to a first with a time of 24.26. Scott placed third at 25.93, Oliver Harmsen landed fourth with a time of 26.99, and Faith Bargwell earned sixth touching the wall at 27.25.

The Rams had a great night off the 1-meter diving board, with Laufersky claiming first with 171.65 points. Jessica Axtman landed third with 166.30, Gracyn Card placed sixth with 153.15, and Lexi Smith placed seventh with 139.05.

The 100 Butterfly found Folcik claiming third with a time of 1:01.58, followed by Alex Fisher earning fourth clocking in at 1:03.97, and Gabrielle Shirley placing fifth with a time of 1:05.90. Lund claimed the 100 Freestyle with a time of 53.25, she was followed by Beers in third at 56.63, Harmsen in fifth at 59.08, and Bargwell in sixth at 1:01.18. The Rams showed a lot of depth in the gut-breaking 500 Freestyle, with Gamm claiming second with a time of 5:27.68, Glover claiming third at 5:49.13, and Prawdzik and Kinstle tying for fourth clocking in at 5:51.24.

The 100 Backstroke was claimed by Kraus with a. time of 58.09, with Fisher in fourth at 1:06.28, and Faith Ten Eyck in fifth at 1:09.57. The Rams also claimed the final individual event, the 100 Breastroke finishing with a 1-2-3 punch. Folcik touched the wall first at 1:04.52. She was followed by Geers in second at 1:11.42 and Scott in third at 1:13.03. Davis put an exclamation point on the Rams’ domination of the event reeling in a fifth-place finish with a time of 1:16.03.

Next up for the Rams is a home match up against Red foe West Ottawa, Thursday, Oct. 10. The meet is scheduled for 6 p.m.