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Pasadyn second in 100 backstroke

By: Brad Bournival
Obtained From: The Gazette


Just when swimming fans thought Medina County athletes couldn’t top the week before, they rewrote the script. On Saturday, swimmers from Brunswick, Wadsworth, Highland and Medina attacked the pool in the Division I state meet and set standards not seen before in the area. No one more did so than Cassandra Pasadyn, who placed higher than any Brunswick swimmer regardless of gender when she broke a school record in the 100-yard backstroke (54.60) and finished second behind Springboro senior Hannah Whitely.

“Cassandra’s goal all year was to go 56 (seconds) and be top eight,” Blue Devils coach Vince Colwell said. “To see her go 55 in prelims was amazing and I was like, ‘Alright, you’ve got a shot at it.’ She just stepped up and swam out of her mind at finals. It was amazing.” It also added to an incredible weekend for the junior, as she set the school record in the 100 butterfly (55.98) in a second-place consolation finish. The reigning MVP teamed with Jenna Vance, Vanessa Pasadyn and Nikki Eyssen to finish seventh in the 200 medley relay, setting a standard in the preliminaries (1:46.38).

Vance set a school record in a seventh-place consolation finish in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.26). She joined Vanessa Pasadyn, Eyssen and Bri Costanzoto finish 20th in the 200 free relay.The 400 free relay of Cassandra Pasadyn, Vanessa Pasadyn, Eyssen and Felicia Pasadyn was 22nd. Felicia Pasadyn finished 19th in the 200 individual medley to help Brunswick to a 15th-place team finish. “I don’t have words,” Colwell said. “I couldn’t even express myself (Saturday). It was everything I dreamed of and more. It definitely raises the bar on what those girls can accomplish coming back. Losing (Vance) and Vanessa (Pasadyn) isn’t ideal, but it definitely sets some expectations and shows those girls if they do what they need to do, they can be that good.

Jake Lowe was 12th in diving for Brunswick, while the Medina boys 400 free relay of Anthony Petruzzi, Derek Walker, Spencer Savage and Derek Walker finished 24th, as did Bees junior Lexi Agee in the 500 free.