Cadotte's title leads Ralston/Gross squad

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Posted: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 12:00 am

In his last individual race as a high school swimmer, Garrett Cadotte delivered a state championship performance.

The Ralston/Gross senior won the 100-yard butterfly race on Saturday in the State Swimming Championships at the Bob Devaney Center.

The Rams/Cougars boys swimming and diving team took 10th with 129 points. The girls finished 18th at the state tournament.

Cadotte 's winning time in the butterfly was 49.52, giving him two state championships after also winning the butterfly in 2012.

“He's one of those guys that doesn't say a lot, but does a lot,” Ralston/Gross coach Docker Hartfield said. “If you can break 50 seconds in the butterfly, you got some goods.”

Cadotte, who now sits fourth all-time in the butterfly, has worked hard for four years, and this was a great way to culminate his career.

“Garrett has done everything we've asked him to do,” Hartfield said. “What a tough year to be a state champion, and he's deserving and humble.”

Creighton Prep's Ryan Tate, who swims for Hartfield's club team, took second behind Cadotte.

“I got to celebrate both swimmers and was fortunate enough to cheer for both of them,” Hartfield said.

Cadotte also raced in the 200 individual medley in Saturday's finals, taking third after qualifying second.

The butterfly was what he was going after and going in, there was no undisputed favorite, but Hartfield knew Cadotte would be in the hunt.

“He had a great shot to win the 100 butterfly,” Hartfield said. “He's a great underneath the water swimmer, he's an underneath the water guy, and the butterfly is perfect for that.”

Jake Ryan was the only other Ralstom/Gross swimmer to make the final day. He took 13th in the 100 freestyle.

Two Ram/Cougar relay teams placed sixth in the finals with another one taking 14th. Cadotte, Ryan and Will Ditter were each on both of the sixth-place finishing relay teams. The trio were joined by Luke Hezel in the 200 medley relay and Nick Budzinski in the 200 freestyle relay.

For the boys, the biggest thing they gained was experience. Other than losing Cadotte, the Ralston/Gross boys will mostly be back next year.

“We have some young guys who are right on the cliff of making an impact,” Hartfield said. “What we saw today really makes the future look bright.”

Monica Blake paced the girls Ram/Cougar team by qualifying for two events. Blake took fifth in the 100 breaststroke and ninth in the 200 individual medley after winning the consolation final.

“Our girls that swam today are young,” Hartfield said. “Monica swam a great IM and she's just a sophomore.

The girls' only relay team to reach the finals took 15th in the 200 medley relay.

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