January 8th was a regular Friday afternoon for the Cascade boys swim team. They had prepared all season for a chance to win the schools first boys conference championship in swimming. The team knew that they were closer than they have ever been to getting that title. Then the wheels fell off …
Covid -19 has been a anchor around every athletic team this year, The cadets had been caught up in contact tracing just prior to the Hendricks County Championship meet and most of the swimmers missed that meet. This however, was devastating, the entire boys team, sitting on the bus ready to depart were told that Covid-19 had ended their chance at the championship. A day that was filled with hope and promise had turned into a disaster for the cadets and it was going to get worse.
The girls team was scheduled to compete on Saturday for their conference championship. Friday evening brought the dreaded calls from school officials advising that they had been caught up in contact tracing and that they would not be able to compete in the meet the next day. When Friday night came to a close the Boys team had been quarantined and the 15 members of the girls teams had been reduced to 5 swimmers to compete for a championship.
The five girls remaining walked into the pool area at beech grove and made a serious statement about the Cascade Swim Teams. No matter the number, they were there to try to win the championship. Madison Goff finished 2nd in the 200 free with Sydney Sanders grabbing a 7th place finish. Madison became a back to back ICC champion winning the 500 free for a second year in a row. Kiara McGuyer, Torie Potters and Rebekah Mosier went 3-4-5 in the 50 free event. Kiara and Tori would finish 2nd and 3rd in the 100 freestyle event. Rebekah Mosier grabbed a 2nd place finish in the 100 backstroke while Sydney Sanders finished 6th posting her season best time in the event. The 200 free and 400 free relays of Madison Goff, Kiara McGuyre, Torie Potters and Rebekah Mosier both placed first to round out the meet.
Five girls were determined to represent all the kids that couldn’t make the meet came withing 20 points of winning a championship. For those who missed the opportunity the sting remains. The thought of waiting another year …..they fire that will result for this disappointment will only get hotter and the determination for redemption will make both teams next level better. You can bet on it!