Even with a variety of talented swimmers, many factors will affect the outcome of the Cadets’ season, including its youth.
“I really think our success will depend upon staying focused and staying healthy,” Williams said. “We have an extremely talented group that works hard and strives to represent themselves as a first-class swimming team, but we are also a very young team. We have seven freshmen who are adjusting to the physical and mental demands of high school swimming. So keeping everyone on the same page and moving forward will be a key factor to our success.”
Looking to help those underclassmen are seniors Solik, Katie Franklin, and Chelsea Williams.
“We put a lot of pressure on our seniors to lead because we have a lot of young swimmers and we want them to understand how important it is to properly prepare and to hold each other accountable during practice and meets.” Williams said.
Cascade’s success over the past few seasons has gained some traction and that has led to more athletes in the pool for Williams.
“Overall, this team has more depth than we’ve had in previous years,” Williams said. “Equally important is that we have three quality divers to add to that depth. This team is going to produce some exciting swim meets.”
With an additional year of experience under their belt, Brownsburg coach Josh Saylor is expecting a group he calls “young veterans” to show their growth in 2012.
“I expect our team to take a step forward this year in every way,” he said. “We’re off to a great start in practice and in terms of work ethic and team chemistry. I think the togetherness we have with our girls will propel us back to and beyond the level of performance we’ve been used to.”