WOOSTER — Any doubts about Addy Ferguson’s chances this season were all but erased Saturday at the seventh annual Cloverleaf Stampede Invitational at Wooster High School’s Shapiro Natatorium.
She’s ready for the stretch drive.
The Cloverleaf junior had two meet records and a pool record as she cemented herself as a definite threat at this year’s state meet.
Ferguson won the 100-yard butterfly for the second straight year in a meet-record time. She clocked 57.83 as she crushed her old mark of 1:00.20 set a year ago and defeated 2009 winner Sarah Litt of Shaker Heights Laurel by over four seconds (1:02.41).
Her effort also broke the 2003 pool record of 58.43 set by the College of Wooster’s Kayla Heising.
But of the two races she wanted the most on the day, Ferguson nailed it.
The Colt swimmer defeated three-time defending champ Megan Shroyer of Chagrin Falls, the meet record-holder in the 100 back. Ferguson was timed at 58.97. Shroyer went 59.98.
“I wanted to be a little faster for my 100 fly, but I won and still got the meet record and pool record,” Ferguson said. “I really wanted to beat Megan in the backstroke. My start and my first turn really helped get me where I needed to be.”
Ferguson led Shroyer after the opening 50, 28.96 to 29.38.
“I feel like I’m on top of things,” Ferguson said. “With more hard work my times hopefully will start dropping even more.”
Last year, Shroyer went 1:00.89 in the 100 back as she defeated Ferguson (1:01.37). Shroyer went on to take fifth in the Division II state meet. Ferguson was seventh for the same event in D-I.
“Addy really needed that win in the 100 back and she did it,” Cloverleaf coach Mike McGee said. “It is Shroyer’s senior year. It was Addy’s last chance at beating her. She took control the first 50 and then opened up. She needed that (to win).”
Not bad for not being at 100 percent.
“Last year, I was coming off the flu,” Ferguson said. “This year I just had a little bit of a cold.”
Cloverleaf also got a school-record performance from senior Caleb Goodreau in the 100 breast (1:03.04). His effort was second only to North Royalton senior Mike Craig (1:02.24), who broke his own meet record of 1:03.16 in the process.
“It feels great. I’m hoping this carries through to the end of the season,” said Goodreau, a three-time district qualifier in his specialty. “Personally, I have a lot of motivation. I want to swim in college and I need to drop times to get there. That’s a big motivator.”
Goodreau also finished seventh in the 200 individual medley (2:15.75). In addition, he teamed with Nick Koncar, Adam Goodreau and Nick Lloyd for a school record in the 200 medley relay (1:54.26), which finished 11th.
“The team is great this year. It’s a good environment,” Caleb Goodreau said. “It’s fantastic for motivation.”
A freshman, Adam Goodreau (Caleb’s brother) aided Cloverleaf’s cause with a third in the 200 free (1:56.61).
McGee was very upbeat about his boys team’s efforts.
“Caleb has swam three 1:03s in a row,” he said. “He has set or tied the school record (for the 100 breast) three meets in a row. What a day.”
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