Still just a sophomore during the spring at Lawrence Free State High School, Courtney Caldwell has already rewritten the Kansas state swimming record book.
By TOD PALMER
The Kansas City Star
Caldwell owned the Kansas Class 6A 50-yard freestyle state record after her championship performance as a freshman, but that wasn’t enough.
She lowered that record to 23.05 seconds and also broke the state-meet record in the 100 freestyle at 50.43 in her second high school season, repeating as the 6A champ in both events.
Caldwell, who also helped two Free State relay teams snag gold medals — including another state-meet record in the 200 free relay (1:36.94) — repeated as The Star’s All-Metro Kansas girls swimmer of the year.
“Obviously, she’s very talented,” Firebirds coach Annette McDonald said. “She now has the state records in the 50 free and 100 free as a sophomore. That in itself tells you a lot. She is fast, has an incredibly quick stroke and quick turns.”
Caldwell is also just getting started.
“I’m pretty sure she’ll be looking to swim under that 23-second mark next and trying to break her own state record again,” McDonald said.
Not that Caldwell is focused on such personal achievements.
“She’s very humble, but I know it’s her goal to do well,” McDonald said. “She’s proud of her accomplishments, but at the same time she’d rather talk about the other girls on the team and how much fun the season was.”
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