Anyone who saw Cassidy Griger swim at Cooperstown or at the Clark Sports Center believed that she would continue to have success in college.
Now Griger has proven her supporters right.
Griger, a 2012 CCS graduate and a sophomore at New Paltz, was selected to the All-SUNYAC second team this year thanks to her third place conference finish in the 200 freestyle, (1:54.49) last month in Buffalo.
She also placed fourth in the 100 freestyle (53.65) and sixth in the 200 individual medley, (2:11.77).
The Grigers are a swimming family. Her sisters, Delilah, Tessa and Eden all swim, and her mother Kristen, who swam in high school and college, currently coaches the Sharks at the Clark.
Griger still hold several many records for the Sharks, the Clark pool and at CCS, including the high school’s records in the 200 and 500 freestyle. But even her college coach said that she had gotten better at the next level.
“We thought when we recruited her, she would, at best, place 15th in States, but she shaved some crucial seconds off her time and she placed third,” says Scott Whitman, her New Paltz coach. “Cassidy dropped a lot of time physically, she’s in the best shape, and her technique is probably the best of anyone I’ve ever coached. She’s done very well here. I’m just really excited to have her here for the next two years because I think she has a very bright future.
“Cassidy’s times were competitive to be part of the team, but certainly, she has improved dramatically in the past two years, going from somebody who we thought would be in the middle of the pack in our program to being one of the top two or three swimmers we have,” he continued. “She’s someone who has true potential to compete and qualify for nationals in her final couple of years here as a swimmer. I really felt like Cassidy was ready to take the next step to nationals this year. She didn’t quite make it, but she got close, and I think within a year or two she has the potential to be an All American.”