By Jake Thompson
CLAYTON — So early into the high school swimming schedule, many teams are very tired entering competitions due to the yardage they have put in so far during the early weeks of training and that tempers a coach’s expectations somewhat.
However, it is always about the competition when the swimmers hit the pool deck and last night the visiting Plainfield Quakers dominated the Cascade Cadets 122-64 on the girls’ side and 121-50 on the boys’ side.
“I thought we had some pretty good swims,” Plainfield coach Chris Cavanaugh said. “We have some young kids on both sides. It is always good to get out in a dual meet and swim some events they normally don’t swim. We are swimming tired right now, so anything that is fast we’ll take.”
While the score was a bit lopsided, the Cadets are a young team with several freshmen in the mix and the adjustments they are making to high school swimming are evident according to coach Paul Williams.
“They are coming into a different program with more yardage and a totally different way of training at the high school (level),” Williams said. “So, the first three weeks have been an adjustment in practice, meets, sets and all. To a part, they’ve bought in.”
Williams also understood what his team was facing going against the Quakers, but was generally happy with the way Cascade performed.
“I thought our girls swam really well tonight and I do not have any complaints,” Williams said. “Plainfield has a great program, great coaching staff and they’ve got great swimmers. I felt like we held our own. We’ve got some kids that can compete at a high level, but we also have 10 freshmen.”
Plainfield took each of the relays — 200 medley, 200 free and 400 free — on both sides.
Nick Allen (200 and 500 free) and Chris Tice (200 IM and 100 backstroke) were both two-event individual winners on the night and contributed to the relay victories.
“Our two seniors Allen and Tice… we expect them to swim well and they did tonight,” Cavanaugh said. “Nick had a really good 500 and Chris had a good backstroke. That was nice for us there.”
Also two-event winners on the boys’ side were Dakota Rhodes (50 and 100 free) and James Pawlowski (100 fly and 100 breast) as each were also part of the Quakers’ winning relays.
Brayton Adams, Aaron Lux and Daniel Mongell were the other three contributors in Plainfield’s relay victories.
Anna Taber took two events (200 IM and 500 free) for the Quakers and stood out in Cavanaugh’s mind, along with Hannah Lautenschlager. Both also were on winning relays.
“Taber had a really nice IM swim and very good 500,” Cavanaugh said. “Also, Hannah Lautenschlager had a very nice 500 swim.”
Courtney Coverdale, a state finalist from last season in diving, continued where she left off last season, winning in dominating fashion.
“Courtney is solid,” Cavanaugh said. “We get spoiled seeing it everyday.”
Victoria Dilbeck (100 fly and 100 back) and Mallory Adair (100 free) were the other individual winners for the Quakers and each had a spot on the winning relays.
Also contributing for the Quakers on their winning relay teams were Lena Charles, Victoria Whicker, Emily Hunter, and Victoria VanDeVoorde.
While the victories on Cascade’s side were fewer, the Cadets tallied some impressive wins.
Tori Breeding won the 200 free and Regina Solik took the 50 free and 100 breast.
“I would say Breeding has probably developed into one of the better 200 and 500 swimmers around,” Williams said. “She just gets better every meet and keeps dropping time. She’s only begun to get to the point where she is an elite swimmer.”
Kyle Trent won the only event for the boys, scoring a 195.35 off the diving board.
Even though the Cadets didn’t score many victories on the boys’ side, Williams was impressed with their efforts, especially with some of the younger swimmers.
“Griffin Crum and Warren Miller really stood out to me tonight,” Williams said. “They did not show too much fear. It is a different environment coming from a junior high meet. It was a little baptism by fire tonight.”
Williams also put the meet into perspective and knows the Cadets can benefit from this type of competition.
“It’s a big learning experience last week and this week swimming some big powerhouse schools,” he said. “It will help us down the road.”