With a young team, or with any of her teams for that matter, Katy Haseley said she doesn’t care about wins and places.
“We were third in sectionals last season,” Haseley, Cooperstown’s girls swim coach said, “but I don’t care about being third in sectionals. What I care about is these girls getting better during the season. I want them to do their best. I always tell them as long as they do their best, I am happy, win or lose.”
Maybe it is an easy way to feel when winning, and Cooperstown is winning in the pool again this season.
“It is not easy to bring a swimmer along,” she said. “You have to develop their skills.”
The Redskins have opened the season 3-0 with wins against Adirondak, West Canada Valley and Proctor. The first two teams are in the Redskins division, Frontier League B South, along with Sherburne-Earlville. Since S-E is winless on the year, it looks like
Cooperstown already has the division title in hand.
Part of the team’s strength this season is on the diving board. Junior captain Catherine Borgstrom placed 11th at sectionals last season and won the B division title. Junior captain Lucy Ford, who made the state meet in track and field in the spring, and sophomore Renee Friedman, give the Redskins depth, and points, on the board.
“We’re going to get a lot of points from our divers this season,” Haseley said. “That’s a big advantage for us.”
The Redskins third captain, junior Lindsay Harloff, swims long distance events, especially the 200 and 500 freestyle.
“She swims all her strokes well,” Haseley said. “I am going to have a hard time deciding where she should compete come sectionals.”
The Redskins have only two seniors, Erin Hascup and Rebecca Roberts, and they are both new to swimming.
“Erin, she was a really good field hockey player,” Haseley said. “She’s been left without a sport this fall when they shut down the field hockey program. She’s a quick learner; I wish I had her to work with for longer than a year.”
Haseley said the real strength of her team is in the sophomore class, with 10 swimmers on the squad, including Liz Russo and Eden Griger.
Griger is a name well known in Cooperstown swim circles. Older sister Cassidy, a senior last year, is now swimming for SUNY New Paltz. Younger sister Tessa, now in eighth grade, will also swim for the varsity team.
“Cassidy will be hard to replace. I wish I had her back,” Haseley said, “but she’s moved on and we have to too.”
The Redskins swam Tuesday at Rome Free Academy, a meet Haseley said would be a challenge for her young squad. Today they host Holland Patent at the Clark Sports Center at 4:30 p.m.