CANTON — Brunswick star Felicia Pasadyn broke records Saturday at the Division I state meet, and a trio of Wadsworth athletes had respectable efforts to close the swimming season.
Pasadyn continued to set the bar in Medina County by defending her state title in the 100-yard backstroke in a county-record 53.31 and finishing second in the 200 individual medley.
Her 2:00.08 in the 200 IM was .35 behind Dublin Coffman’s Ellie Andrews and also broke the county record.
“She was out so fast,” Blue Devils coach Vince Colwell said. “It was one of the fastest first 100s I’ve seen in an IM. She’s just that gutsy racer. It was an intense race, for sure.”
While it was fun to watch, it wasn’t anything new for the reigning Gazette MVP and Harvard recruit, who owns every individual county record except the 50 freestyle and 200 medley relay.
“She’s goal-oriented and has an amazing work ethic,” Colwell said. “She knows what she wants and understands the work that it takes and she’s willing to do it. That’s just a rare breed with kids now. They all say they want to go and do this thing, but they either don’t understand what it takes or aren’t willing to do what it takes. She’s checking all those boxes.”
The runner-up finish in the 200 IM pleased the senior, who finished her career with five top-five finishes.
“It meant a lot. It really did,” Pasadyn said. “Last year after getting third, I thought I just wanted to get back in the top three this year because the 200 IM is a little bit longer event, and I knew after having the flu and missing those practices (the last two weeks) my endurance would be struggling a little bit, but I was able to take it out hard and even though I died at the end, it was still a great race with Ellie Andrews of Dublin Coffman. I was really happy getting the lifetime best of 2:00.08.”
Pasadyn had company from Wadsworth’s Elyse Waldow in the 100 breaststroke and the Grizzlies’ John Edurese in the 100 butterfly.
Waldow finished fifth in the consolation final and 13th overall, while Edurese was eighth in the “B final” and 16th overall.
With senior seasons still ahead of them, Wadsworth coach Allison Pallija can’t wait to get the two back in the pool.
“It was super exciting just in the fact that John didn’t expect to get to finals,” she said. “He dropped a couple places to get there. Hopefully, he enjoyed the moment and recognized he was here as a junior. He knows how the meet runs now and that will really help him to see him get to the ‘A final.’
“Elyse made it to state last year but didn’t make it to Saturday. This year that was our goal. We got there, so hopefully the same goal is to get to Saturday and see if we can squeeze into that top eight. It was a great experience for those two. They’re great kids who definitely deserve it.”
Wadsworth’s Gabe Currens made his third state trip in diving and made the semifinals before finishing 18th.