Girls Swim and Dive team falls to Rockford powerhouse in head-to-head meet


The Lady Rangers Swim and Dive team faced off against the Rockford Rams on Tuesday night. Although FHC fell short of the victory, there were outstanding performances from Senior co-captain and reigning State Champion Felicity Buchmaier and Junior Jessica Schellenboom, each finishing in the top two in their events. The divers also contributed to the point total by finishing in second, third, and fourth.

Buchmaier has carried over her success from last season and was the champion in her two events that she swam. Schellenboom secured first place in the 50 freestyle and was barely outreached to finish in second place in the 100 butterfly. Strong showings from upperclassmen, freshmen Olivia Hooper and Emily Johnson contributed third place finishes in the 50 freestyle, 100 backstroke, and the 100 breaststroke respectively. Despite impressive times from the swimmers and season-best scores from the divers, it wasn’t enough to beat out the Rams for the overall team win.

The varsity swim and dive team has had two meets prior to Tuesday evening, finishing first and second against multiple opponents. New head coach, Dennis Neat, was very pleased with the girls’ performances in the early meets. The lady Rangers finished with 23 top-ten finishers in the very first outing of the season. Diving coach Jasmine Ramahi is also excited about the talented athletes she works with and the results they bring. Junior Anna Hansen and Senior Colleen Kramer were selected for All-American Honors this summer, putting them in the top 100 divers in the nation. On September 8-9th the Rangers will be travelling to Rockford, to compete in the West Michigan Relays, against six other top tier swimming schools from the west side of the state.