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Rams Still Enjoying Great Season in Pool

By Marjorie Schuchardt, 10/12/18, 8:00PM EDT


Photo by Jeannie Gregory

The Rockford girls swim & dive team was back in action Thursday, Oct. 11 at East Kentwood High School. Despite technical difficulties plaguing the timing and scoring system, the Rams dominated the evening with a show of depth and talent across the board. The Rams topped the Falcons by a score of 202-104.

Rockford set the pace for the entire meet with a pool length victory in the 200 Medley Relay with the team of Morgan Kraus, Masy Folcik, Rachel Gamm and Ashley Lund. The Lady Rams swept the 200 Freestyle with a 1-2-3-4 finish by Sara Kraus, Josie Geers, Grace Bargwell and Halina Newland. Gamm and Sarah Foster went 1 – 2 in the 200 IM, followed by a win by Morgan Kraus in the 50-yard freestyle.

In diving, Elise Jendritz continued her outstanding senior year by winning the 1 Meter Diving. Jessica Axtman(3), Ava Laufersky (5) and Paige Clauser(6) also placed well. Ram junior Sara Kraus won the 100-yard butterfly, followed by Geers in second. Rockford swept the top four places in the 100-yard freestyle with Gamm, Isabelle Glover, Faith Ten Eyck and Camryn Hastings. Newland won the 500-yard freestyle in a season best time and the Rams then went 1-2-3 in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Folcik and Lund went 1-2 in the 100 backstroke, followed by Morgan Kraus, Foster and Rylee Davis taking first, second and third in the 100-yard breaststroke. Rockford closed out the meet with a victory in the 400-yard freestyle relay.

Following the success at East Kentwood, the team sent a number of swimmers to the annual MISCA meet at Eastern Michigan University. Teams were represented from 79 high schools across Michigan – and all swimmers were required to meet specific qualifying times in order to enter. The Lady Rams qualified 11 swimmers to attend the weekend tournament – Paige Beers, Folcik, Foster, Gamm, Geers, Oliver Harmsen, Morgan Kraus, Sara Kraus, Lund, Newland, Samantha Tow. Rockford set the pace at the first event, the 200 Medley Relay, by not only placing first, but the team of S Kraus, Folcik, M Kraus and Lund established a new meet record! Outstanding swims were had by all who attended – many picking up their state meet qualification cuts or improving on ones they already had. No scores were kept for this meet ranking the competition, but Rockford was clearly one of the top teams attending.

Head Coach Sara Tow had this to say about Rockford’s performance at the meet, "Setting the meet record in the medley relay set the tone for the entire meet. The girls continued to step up and accomplished many best times and a few new state cuts. I’m very proud of their performance and how they enjoyed the experience together as a team."

The final dual meet of the Rams fall season is Thursday, Oct. 18 at Hudsonville. Go Rams!