Cascade went into the West Central Conference swim meet Tuesday night with high hopes on the girls’ side and knew its boys faced an uphill battle.
Unfortunately, it was a disappointing finish for the girls as they took second, and the boys finished fourth behind a Greencastle team that swept the event.
Cascade coach Paul Williams had said it would be close on the girls’ side, maybe even coming down to the last event, and although the Cadets did win the final relay, they were unable to overcome Greencastle’s depth.
“We didn’t win when we needed the battles and my hat is off to (Greencastle). They swam out of their heads tonight,” Williams said.
Cascade’s boys — which includes nine swimmers — were simply too outnumbered to make a run at the WCC title. The Cadets even had two swimmers out sick.
“These guys just did a yeoman’s job,” Williams said. “These guys just swim for each other and not necessarily against an opponent and that’s one of the coolest parts of it.”
Cascade’s girls won an impressive seven of 12 events. The 200 free relay team of Kristi DeWeese, Kaitlyn Breeding, Tori Breeding and Hayley Rosales, along with the 400 free relay of DeWeese, Tori Breeding, Rosales and Alexis Brown, were both victorious. The 400 free relay team set a new school record in a time of 3:57.89.
Both Rosales (200 IM and 100 fly) and Tori Breeding (200 free and 100 free) won two individual WCC titles. Rosales set a school record in the fly with a 1:06.39.
“Hayley put together one of her best IM swims tonight and brought in the butterfly in the last 25 yards,” Williams said. “Tori is just solid gold and if you put her in an event, you can pretty much guarantee she will be on top of the podium.”
Lexi Blackburn led a trio of Cadet divers that all finished in the top three as Anna Arthur and Sage Archer placed second and third, respectively.
“Our divers came up there tonight and put on a performance that was out of this world,” Williams said. “That was one of the coolest parts of the night.”
Griffin Crum was the sole winner on the boys’ side with a victory in the 500 free. Crum also placed second in the 200 free.
“Griffin was less than two-tenths off the school record in the 500 and had a good 200,” Williams said.
Cascade’s girls head to sectional action at Plainfield for prelims on Feb. 6 with the finals Feb. 8, and Williams is excited to see what they are able to accomplish.
“If they can repeat the performances we saw tonight in a couple of weeks, I’m gong to be tickled pink,” Williams said. “There were some serious and significant drops in times. Almost to a swimmer we had personal bests across the board tonight.”
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