By Jake Thompson email@example.com
Hendricks County Flyer
---- — CLAYTON — The Cascade girls’ swim team won nine of 12 events Thursday night against Beech Grove and turned its opening performance into a dominating 129-47 win over the Hornets.
Cascade coach Paul Williams attributed the win to Cascade’s offseason efforts.
“A lot of our girls have been working since May in the weight room and in the pool and it showed tonight,” he said. “Beech Grove is a good team, but I feel like our kids are better conditioned and stronger than they were last year. We’re more balanced across the lanes. We can always improve the times, but it wasn’t a bad first performance.”
Cascade swept the relay events and provided Williams with information he can use to begin deciphering who will swim what positions as the season progresses.
“We were looking for balance, but we were also looking for times in our relays,” he said. “We wanted to establish some split times and we’ll start constructing our relays from what we see now and how our lineup develops.”
Hayley Rosales, Hailey Ferguson, Alexis Brown and Tori Breeding won the 200 medley and the 200 and 400 free relay events.
Rosales also won the 100 fly and Ferguson took first in the 100 back. Cascade’s Kristyn Horning won the 500 free.
Kaitlyn Breeding, Tori’s younger sister, won the 200 IM. Tori also took victories in the 50 and 100 free events.
“Tori is one of our senior captains and Kaitlyn is a freshman,” Williams said. “Tori is a wonderful kid to coach and is a talented young lady. Her sister is going to have some big shoes to fill. She’s working hard at coming in here and fitting in and I think it’s tough being Tori’s little sister.”
Cascade’s Lexi Blackburn won the diving event while Sage Archer took second.
“I’m really pleased that (Blackburn) decided to dive and swim this year,” Williams said. “She’s going to make our team a lot better and is a very talented young lady. She’s got a lot to learn on the high school end.
“I’m confident that (our diving coach) will have her and Sage with some top performances here in a short time.”
With tougher competition on the horizon — Cascade takes on Mooresville and Brownsburg next week — Williams knows his squad has its work cut out for them. However, the season is young and development of the younger swimmers is the top priority.
“We swam a lot of freshmen at several different events tonight and it’s tough with a girls only meet as some of these girls swam back-to-back events,” Williams said. “The times aren’t indicative of where they’re really at and one of the things we’re looking at is who can perform at what level and what’s their cardio and stamina right now. It gives myself and coaching staff information to go on.”
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