The Lady Rangers placed 5th in the MHSAA Division 2 state finals held at the Holland Community Aquatic Center on Saturday. The Rangers won 3 of 12 events as they were led by state champions Felicity Buchmaier who defended both of her 100 yd. Butterfly and 100 yd. Backstroke titles from last year by the 100 yd. Butterfly (54.80) and the 100 yd. Backstroke (55.90) once again and by Colleen Kramer won the 1m Diving (424.25 points).
The Rangers also scored in the 200 yd. Medley Relay and 400 yd. Freestyle Relay as well as Jessica Schellenboom placed 4th in the 200 yd. Individual Medley (2:08.59) and 2nd in the 100 yd. Breaststroke as she was touched out by .03 hundredths of a second and placed 2nd in the 100 yd. Breaststroke (1:04.53). Her time broke the school record by over a half a second.
Central started the meet with a 4th place finish in the 200 yd. Medley Relay (1:48.40) with Olivia Hooper (28.39), Jessica Schellenboom (29.64), Felicity Buchmaier (24.80), and Maggie Zorn (25.57).
Ranger Diving was once again dominate as they went 1st, 3rd, and 7th at the state finals with Colleen Kramer taking the honors (424.25 points) as teammates Anna Hansen was 3rd (4:12.50) and Nicole Carlson was 7th (365.55).
In the meets final event, the 400 yd. Freestyle Relay, Central swam a season best 3:37.25 with Felicity (52.46), Olivia Luplow (55.96), Molly Weiblen (55.73) and Jessica (53.10) for a 7th place finish to secure the teams 5th place meet finish.
“What a weekend. State Finals are always an exciting meet. Just to see what we can do during the biggest meet of the year and for us to have 2 seniors win 3 titles is very special as it shows the success of their hard work during practices all season long” stated head coach Dennis Neat.
“I can’t tell everyone how proud I am of each team member, whether they competed this weekend or not. We grew a lot together during my first year as the Central’s head coach
as this year was a big transitional year for the girls. With a new coach and the lost of a great senior class from last year, the team was willing to try some new ideas in training and that we were going to need everyone to step up all year long to replace those seniors and it all of it came together here this weekend. We showed everyone that the tradition of Central swimming and diving will remain as strong as ever as one of the states top 5 programs.”
Diver Colleen Kramer was recognized as the Division 2 Diver of the Year and FHC diving coach Jasmine Ramahi was the Diving Coach of the Year. Congratulations Lady Rangers!