Girls swim and dive takes commanding victory over Grand Rapids Chirstian


Coming off of the FHC’s loss to Forest Hills Northern and Eastern, the team was looking to bounce back this week as they faced off against Grand Rapids Christian. The team swam very well and knocked the competition out of the water, winning 109-75. 

Last week in a close loss, the team had many personal records broken but ended up losing. This week ended very differently. The team wanted a bounce-back victory, and it came quickly. 

“After our loss against FHNE, I think everyone was determined to get a solid victory, no matter the exhaustion,” senior Jessica Doyel stated. “We did just that.”

The team has been competing at a high level all season, but that win really showed what the team could do. 

“Perseverance was the key to this meet,” Jessica noted. “We’ve had some pretty strenuous practices recently after our loss to FHNE.”

In the end, the Rangers dominated Christian, placing first in nine flights out of 12. Sophomore Olivia Oorbeck had another great showing by placing first in the 200-meter freestyle and the 500-meter freestyle races. In the 100 meter breaststroke, the Rangers swept the podium with great races from Jessica Doyel, senior Rylee VeneKlase, and junior Annie Douma. The Rangers also swept the diving podium thanks to an impressive performance from junior Olivia Thornley, who recorded a score of 215.25. Junior Sydney VanLente had another great showing by placing first in the 100-meter freestyle race. That meet really showed what this team could do heading forward. 

“Team chemistry is a key factor in the success of a team; teams without chemistry can have as much talent as they want and won’t win,” Jessica said. “This win brought a great sense of unity to the team; everyone was cheering and supporting each other.”

 This boost of morale will help lead the Rangers along this season to continue being great. 

The next meet for the team is next Tuesday, October 12, against a conference opponent, Byron Center.