Every swim meet is a race against time for Caitlin Cairns.
“I definitely keep an eye out occasionally for who is around me but mostly just the clock,” Carins said during Tuesday practice.
Timing is everything in the pool and the St. Mary’s junior is racking up title after title and would like a few more state titles after this weekend at the 3A state swim meet in Fort Collins.
She won the 100-yard back stroke and 200-yard individual medley at the Tri-Peaks League meet last week and those aren’t even her top events. Those would be the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly.
“Last year was pretty good, I won the 50-freestyle with the best time,” she said. “Not quite the time I was shooting for but I was happy with it. Then in the 100-fly, I dropped my time again – got second place – I definitely would like to improve but it was good.”
A competitive swimmer in the lane, her personal goals of a state title are at the forefront of her mind but she really hopes the rest of the Pirates team shows well at the 3A meet.
“We really want to make the finals in the relay,” Cairns said. “My personal goals? I won the 50-free and would definitely love to do that again or at least get a best time – that would be really nice! And the same thing for the 100-fly, just a good time would be nice but if I won that, that would be amazing. But I’m mostly just set on getting best times.”