FORT WAYNE – Cady Farlow has traveled a long road – in many different ways.
The South Adams junior started commuting three years ago to train with Fort Wayne Aquatics coach Matt Vogel three times a week for morning workouts.
Farlow also drives to Bellmont daily for two academic classes and practices or meets with the Starfires.
I really have to plan my day out now, Farlow said. Before I started doing the Fort Wayne training, I didn’t have to manage my time whatsoever.
I put things in my planner now. It is great preparation for college.
While the trips to Fort Wayne will benefit Farlow’s future in the pool, going to Bellmont is about her education and future professional career. Farlow is involved in the Adams County health career program at Bellmont and could earn 22 college credits by her senior year.
The classes at Bellmont are taught by South Adams swim coach Janelle Gresla.
She is one of the most structured kids I have ever had, in class and in swimming, Gresla said.
Farlow said she would like to pursue a career in the medical profession, possibly as an orthopedic surgeon.
While the courses at Bellmont will help her in the future, they also mean two to three hours of homework each weeknight on top of her swimming training.
As her class workload has increased, so has her development in swim events. She started her career mainly in breaststroke events but has added other strokes to her repertoire to become a more well-rounded swimmer.
Up until this year, all I have ever wanted to do was the breaststroke, Farlow said. I thought that was all I could do.
At the beginning of the year, (Vogel) said he wanted me to be an (individual medley swimmer), she said. I wasn’t really interested in that at first. He is really making me into a more well-rounded swimmer.
He really wanted me to get recruited to colleges as more than just a breaststroker. This year has been a lot of IM work.
Her growing versatility has benefited South Adams, which has only five female swimmers.
I have never been this low in 25 years, Gresla said of the numbers. Cady has stepped up and swam every single event this season already for us.
It is a nice chance for her to get her feet in some different events, instead of what I usually stick her in because that’s what she is good at. She has developed that. When she started out, she was a breaststroker at an early age. That is her natural stroke. She has worked to the point to be successful at the others.
The added events also give Farlow a chance to add her name to the record board at South Adams.
Farlow already holds records in the 100 freestyle (55.45 seconds), 100 breaststroke (1 minute, 6.58 seconds) and the 200 medley relay (1:57.07), and she could set records in the 200 freestyle (2:01.96), 200 IM (2:18.39) and 500 free (5:23.26).
Before this year, I didn’t think that was possible at all, she said.