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ROCKFORD – The Rockford swim & dive team gave their fans plenty of excitement in an OK Red meet that played out Thursday, Oct. 10. Rockford left it all in the pool and pulled out a huge conference win, topping West Ottawa by a 169-146 score. The Rams claimed all three relays and individual firsts were earned by Sara Kraus (2), Ashley Lund (2), Rachel Gamm (2), and Masy Folcik (1). This victory was fresh off a 186-129 conference victory over Grand Haven., and a 176-139 win over Hudsonville. Rockford is now 3-0 in OK Red action.
The Rams kicked off the meet claiming the 200 Medley Relay with the team of Kraus, Taylor Scott, Gamm, and Lund touching the will first with a time of 1:50.40. The Rams split with the Panthers in the next event, the 200 Freestyle with both teams claiming four of the top eight spots. Folcik claimed a second, clocking in at 1:57.86, and Oliver Harmsen placed fourth with a time of 2:03.85. Marie Prawdzik placed fifth with a time of 2:06.34 and Isabelle Glover landed eighth with a time of 2:07.19. The 200 IM found Kraus touch the wall first at 2:09.68. Scott landed third with a time of 2:17.15, Ally Kinstle placed sixth at 2:24.18, and Rylee Davis landed eighth at 2:29.74. Lund placed first in the 50 Freestyle with a time of 24.29, Paige Beers followed in third at 25.83, Faith Bargwell was fifth 26.95, and Danielle Nauta placed eighth at 27.28.
The Rams claimed fourth through seventh place in the 1 Meter Diving competition. Paige Clauser placed fourth to pace the Rams, earning 161.45 points. She was followed by Shelby Taylor in fifth with 156, Jessica Axtman in sixth with 154.85, and Alexis Rose in seventh with 134.40.
Event 6 found Rockford with a 1-2 punch. Gamm placed first in the 100 Butterfly, clocking in at 59.03, and she was followed by Alex Fisher with a time of 1:02.66. Gabrielle Shirley placed fifth at 1:05.43, and Mackenzie Rickerd placed seventh with a time of 1:13.23. Lund claimed another first in the 100 Freestyle with a time of 52.35 in an extremely tight race, with the West Ottawa swimmer Lilly Brandt touching the wall at 52.84. Paige Beers landed third and was followed by teammate Oliver Harmsen in fourth. Faith Bargwell placed seventh for the Rams in the event. The 500 Freestyle found the Rams claiming four of the top six positions. Folcik won it with a time of 5:22.83. Glover placed fourth with a time of 5:47.94, Prawdzik placed fifth at 5:50.31, and Kinstle placed sixth at 5:52.02.
The Rams claimed their second relay of the night in Event 9, the 200 Freestyle Relay. Beers, Scott, Folcik and Kraus combined for a time of 1:39.68. Gamm placed first in the 100 Backstroke with a time of 1:01.13, and Alex Fisher landed third at 1:03.64. Ram Adrianna Acala placed sixth at 1:09.04, and Faith Ten Eyck landed seventh with a time of 1:09.39. Kraus claimed her second first of the night in the 100 Breaststroke, timing in at 1:07.64, and Scott placed third at 1:12.90. Davis placed sixth at 1:15.76 and Libby Norris placed seventh at 1:18.60. The team of Beers, Folcik, Gamm, and Lund teamed up to touch the wall first in the 400 Freestyle Relay to close the big night for the Rams.
The Rams will now travel to Grandville to take on the Bulldogs in another Red match up, Thursday, Oct. 17.