BY GREG KLEIN
Cooperstown’s girls swim team has made a big splash to start the season, winning their first three dual meets and the Frontier League Invitational.
Katy Haseley’s team of 15 girls has demonstrated great efforts in starting the seasons strong, beating Sherburne-Earlville and West Canada Valley last week and Adirondack on Tuesday in dual meets at the Clark Sports Center.
“We’re really strong in certain areas,” Haseley said. “We’re very strong in individual medley, distance, fly and backstroke. Our biggest weakness is probably springs, which is tough since there are so many sprint events.”
Tuesday, Haseley worried that the team’s weaknesses would hurt them against a strong and large Adirondack team, but the Redskins put the meet away early dominating the Wildcats on their way to a 99-85 win.
Haseley said she expected Adirondack to be strong in the sprint events and challenge Cooperstown, but the challenge never materialized. The Wildcats didn’t win an individual race until near an hour had passed in the meet, and by that point, the Redskins had clinched the win.
Sisters Eden and Cassidy Griger dominated their events and Catherine Borgstrom was the top diver on Tuesday. With her early-season success on the board, Borgstrom has qualified for sectionals already.
Haseley said she is excited by the number of new athletes she has this year, and their efforts to compete in new events and continue to post personal best times. “Tonight I saw Emily Stephenson, Broc Gilbert and McKenna Hage compete in new events and they did very well.”
On Saturday, the team took to the road for the first time, going to Lowville Academy for the Frontier League Invitationals. Eden Griger crushed the IM meet record and her sister Cassidy Griger set records in the 200 and 500 meter freestyle events. Lydia Edgington, Oliva Morris, Grace Heneghan and Lindsay Harloff won two relays, taking first place in the medley and the 400 freestyle.
The team won five of 11 events and finished with 311 points, more than 20 points higher than the secondplace team.
Having lost 11 swimmers from last year’s division winning team, Haseley said she’s thrilled with the early wins, and ever more with the development of her young swimmers. “I love to see new swimmers and divers rise to the challenge of a new event or dive,” she said.
Tonight, the team hosts Rome Free Academy at the Clark Center at 4:30