The boys varsity swim and dive team controls the pool in the first meet of the season


The first meet of the season for the boys swim and dive team began in high spirits, as it presented the chemistry that the guys already have developed and shown this early in the season. 

With a score of 288 points, the boys placed fourth out of fifteen teams. The team put a fight up against Battle Creek Lakeview, Portage Central, and Forest Hills Northern/Eastern. 

Optimistic junior, Gavin Cai, felt pretty strong about the boys’ first meet and is ready for the many upcoming meets. 

“I think all things considered it went pretty well; one of our fastest swimmers graduated last year and we have a lot of rookies, so I think it was a great first experience and a great way to start the season,” Gavin said. 

While the team might have lost a swimmer or two, the many new freshmen are a big part of the team. While it might not be what the Rangers are used to, the workload and the effort are there across the board no matter how old the swimmers are.

“The freshmen and everyone else obviously are still getting used to the season and the workload that comes with it. It’s a lot of practice and time in the water, so everyone’s struggling to keep up. I think it’ll definitely get better later in the season,” Gavin claimed. 

Senior Roman Kalaczinski is excited to swim in the next couple of meets to show the competition that FHC is up against in the state and conference meets. 

“I’m very excited to swim in this next meet because we are facing some evenly matched teams that we will see later in the conference and state meets,” Roman said.

With the season diving into action, the boys’ second meet is on Tuesday, December 7. Make sure to make it out to the East Kentwood Quad at 5:00 pm, as FHC faces off against multiple opponents.

“The season is very optimistic for this group. We’ll get a couple of really good tests on where we are going this year with some great competition this week at East Kentwood (T) and at Jenison (TH),” head coach Dennis Neat said.