BOWLING GREEN — Cooper Pool has become Felicia Pasadyn’s personal playground.
A year after qualifying for the Division I state swimming meet in four events, the Brunswick junior will be returning to Canton in three.
Pasadyn set a Northwest Division I and Medina County record when she won the 200 individual medley (2:02.32) and added a victory in the 100 backstroke.
She’ll also head to state with Erika Eyssen, Lily Kijek and Lexi Wallace in the 400 freestyle relay after a fourth-place finish.
“It sets a great example for other kids and for the team,” Blue Devils coach Vince Colwell said. “If you give everything you’ve got within the system, you can be successful in who you are. It really shows with Felicia and trickles down to the rest of the girls. You see them really start to believe in what they can do. They all really stepped up.”
Pasadyn’s time in the 200 IM was 2.92 second faster than a week before and 3.24 seconds better than the district record she put in a year ago.
For good measure, Pasadyn broke the county record in the 100 free (51.23) in leading off the 400 relay.
She enters state seeded third in the IM and back.
“She works so hard for it,” Colwell said. “She’s so focused and works for every single thing that she gets. You’re amazed, but at the same time, you look at her and go, ‘It’s amazing, but you earned that. You worked for everything you got.’ It’s so fun to watch.”
Brunswick will have company, as Highland’s Ashley Mennenga will return in the 100 back after a runner-up finish to Pasadyn. Elyse Waldow (100 breaststroke) and Gabe Currens (diving) of Wadsworth also are heading to state.
Mennenga will be making a trip to Canton for the fourth straight season after putting down a 56.13.
“It’s tremendous for the program,” Highland coach Steve Rhein said. “For her to be a four-time state qualifier, it just shows the tremendous career she’s had. She’s a staple of the program.”
Waldow will be making her first appearance at state after finishing third in the breast, while Gabe Currens returns after a fourth-place finish in diving.
“Elyse puts in the time and the dedication and it’s paying off for her,” Wadsworth coach Allison Pallija said. “It’s super exciting that on top of her hard work paying off that she’s an amazing young lady. She deserves all of this. It’s the topper on top of the ice cream. Gabe doesn’t take advantage of it. He’s just as excited as he was last year, his first year going to state.”
While Medina didn’t have a state qualifier, the Bees broke school records with Colin McClowry in the back (54.73) and Olivia Muchewicz in the 50 free (24.58).
Northwest Division II
CLEVELAND — Lauren Slife (200 IM, 100 butterfly), Maddy Heller (100 back) and Chloe Schwanke (500 free) of Cloverleaf weren’t able to advance.
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