Swimming | Noah Cain
Records are falling for Cain this season.
The Paddlers swimmer has set team records in the 100-meter intermediate medley and the 200-meter freestyle in the boys’ 13- to 14-year-old division.
In the Pirates’ season opener against the Splash City Gators on June 9 at Paddlers Pool, Cain swam a time of 1 minute, 11.65 seconds, in the 100-meter intermediate medley, breaking the old record time of 1:15.39 by Tyler Hendrick in 2007.
On June 23 against Sunset Hills at home, Cain swam a team-record time of 2:23.18 in his win in the 200-meter freestyle. The old record was 3:02.76, set by Ryan Mihu in last year’s Southwestern Illinois Swim Association championship meet at Paddlers Pool.
The efforts earned Cain this week’s Granite City AdVantage News Athlete of the Week award.
Against Splash City, the 14-year-old Cain won the 100-meter IM by 10 seconds. He said he was thrilled to start the season by breaking a team record.
“It felt good because I’ve been working pretty hard,” Cain said. “It felt good to beat one.”
Against Sunset Hills, Cain won the 200-meter freestyle by 19 seconds.
Cain, who earned a Southwestern Illinois Swim Association High Point Award last year, has eight first-place finishes this year. He is 2-0 in the IM and the breaststroke this season. He also had a victory in the 50-meter butterfly against Splash City.