ORLANDO, Fla. — If becoming Medina County’s first swimmer to bring home a state championship didn’t impress fans, what Cassandra Pasadyn did over the weekend might raise a few eyebrows.
Bound for Harvard this fall, the Brunswick senior went down to Orlando, Fla., to compete in the National Club Swimming Association Junior Nationals and came away with a 12th-place finish in the 50-yard backstroke.
Her time of 25.63 was good enough for a fourth-place finish in the B finals, but was even more impressive considering the original field consisted of 291 hopefuls.
“(Brunswick and SwimStrongsville club coach Vince Colwell) had set some pretty high expectations and I set them also for myself,” Pasadyn said. “I knew what I wanted when I went in. I knew I wanted at least the top 20, so I just kind of went and saw where it took me.
“I basically had fun with it. It was our last race of the season, so it was just, ‘Go and see what you can do. You’ve trained for this.’ The 50 is fun and it’s short. It basically just shows your sprinting ability.”
The two-time reigning Gazette MVP also logged a 29th-place finish in the 50 butterfly (25.12). That field was originally 364.
She added a 36th in the 100 back (55.93), which came in a field of 251.
“It was awesome,” Pasadyn said. “A few of the girls are at NCAAs right now for their college championships, although I’m not at that level just yet, just knowing how well I ended my season at National Club Swimming Association Junior Nationals and seeing the ability I do have and the potential I have, it’s very uplifting and exciting.”
Felicia Pasadyn also traveled to the NCSA Junior Nationals and competed in the 50 back, 100 back, 200 back, 50 fly, 100 fly and 200 IM.
While the sophomore and state placer in the 200 IM, didn’t make the cut to the final 40 in her events, she did walk out with some incredible experiences.
Those memories will be used next season as the 14-year old returns to the pool to pick up where she left off.
“First of all, it’s really awesome to have that experience of watching all the fast swimmers,” Felicia Pasadyn said. “It’s really amazing to know you could be like that one day. It’s super motivating for the years to come.
“I’m really excited for next high school season. I know that I have a lot to improve on and I’m really excited to do so. I feel like the Brunswick high school swim team could really improve over these next few years.”
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