Cadence “Cady” Young has been swimming for a long time. Now, she’s swum herself all the way to college.
Not literally, of course.
Young, a senior at North Pole High Schoo, signed her National Letter of Intent to swim at the collegiate level for the University of Nebraska Kearny. She will major in exercise science.
“It feels amazing,” said Young. “I’ve been swimming for so long and I’m just really excited to be able to continue swimming and see where it can take me.”
The scholarship was well earned. Young was one of the top swimmers for the Patriots throughout here four year career and this past season. Young was a member of the North Pole relay team that timed a 2:05.84 in the 200 yard medley at regionals. She also finished fourth in regionals at the 200 yard freestyle with a time of 2:17.93 and seventh in the 100 yard backstroke with a time of 1:19.75.
Now, she’ll be taking her talents to the Lopers next fall.
“The team (at Nebraska Kearny) is similar to my club team,” she said. “There’s such a family dynamic and the girls there are so sweet. I feel like it’s a great place to keep pushing myself to see how fast I can become. The academic programs are amazing with amazing professors and I just thought it was the place for me.”
Young is looking forward to warmer temperatures most of all and getting to see a new part of the country. Her parents, Scotty and Jennifer, are both excited for her moving forward, but naturally nervous as any parent would be.
“We’re absolutely going to miss her,” said Jennifer. “I’m already starting to have issues with that. I’ve spoken to her coach extensively and she’s very family oriented as we are. (Cady) has already met some really wonderful girls that she’s going to be rooming with. This has been her goal since she was little. She’s done it and we’re really proud of her and we know that she’s going to dow awesome.”
As for the future North Pole athletes hoping to one day follow in her footsteps, Young had some simple yet profound advice for them.
“Don’t be discouraged by failure,” she said. “I’ve been swimming for so long and I know I’m not going to be able to swim my best every time. A lot of people get deterred from the sport because they don’t swim their best times. I just like to tell kids it’s not always about swimming your best time, it’s about the experience and learning from your mistakes. That’s what makes you a better swimmer in the end.”
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