The boys swim and dive team falls short in the Zeeland Invite.


Practice makes perfect, a common phrase said by teachers and coaches, epitomizes the boys swim and dive team—a team that is very familiar with the hours of practice it takes to close in on perfection.

On Tuesday, December 28, the boys competed in the Zeelnad Invite against Holland West Ottawa, Zeeland High School, and Hudsonsonville High School. Placing fifth in the meet with a total of 259 points, the boys continue to put the work in to better themselves and the team. 

Andrew Kerssies truly loves the swim team and the dynamic the boys have during the season and during the offseason, 

I love the team dynamic; we had off-season workouts, so most people already know the people we’re swimming with,” Andrew said. “That just makes it a lot of fun.” 

With the season in full swing, the boys are working incredibly hard to continue to be the best they can be and to continue to put in the effort needed to succeed. Junior Gavin Cai is especially excited to work as hard as he can to thrive at the meets.

“I’m excited for the next meet, ” Gavin said. “Our team looks pretty good this year, and I think everyone’s ready to swim some fast times. I’m confident we’ll do well in our conference.”

The boys will continue to practice hard for their next chance to prove their strength on Tuesday, January 18 at 6:00 p.m., when the boys are set to compete against one of their top rivals of the season: Forest Hills Northern. 

With only good things to say, FHC”s head coach, Dennis Neat, feels like this team has something special hidden in the underclassmen. 

“There are several benefits to being on the team, but basically, it allows each individual a chance to be part of a team that has a special history, helps to build camaraderie, improves physical skills through physical activity, and promotes positive mental skills in helping to establish the ability to strive for personal goals,” coach Neat said. 

Coach Neat loves coaching the team and being a part of the chaos of the boys’ friendships. 

“Through the camaraderie and daily battles of practice and competition, team members end up having a lot of fun being part of a special group.”