Ads' Toy finds pool is where she belongs

December 11, 2003|MIKE MARSEE

Kasey Toy needed to get away. Then she realized just how much she needed to come back.

Toy left the Danville swim team because she wanted to make sure there was more to her life than doing laps.

Now that she's back after a year away from the sport, she said she's glad swimming is such a big part of her life.

"Swimming is really an environment I like to be around," Toy said. "It was hard doing without that."

Toy is glad to be back, and her Danville teammates are surely glad to have her back. She is providing valuable points by swimming the butterfly and freestyle for an ever-improving Danville team.


She won two individual events and was part of two winning relays Wednesday when Danville defeated Boyle County and Madison Central at Thomas Hall.

The sophomore said she isn't quite in the form she was in at the end of the 2001-02 season, but she said she has been pleased with her improvement this fall.

"I'm getting closer," she said. "I'll have to see at the end of the season."

Toy decided when she reached high school to take "a break" from swimming, leaving both the Danville team and her club team, the McDowell Marlins, for a year.

"I was actually taking a break," she said. "I'd been swimming for probably eight years straight without a break, and it was getting to me.

"Then I realized there really wasn't a separation between Kasey and Kasey who swims. I couldn't stand being away from the water much longer."

Still, Toy said she didn't make up her mind once and for all to return this season until the last minute.

"Probably the day practice started," she said. "My friends had been asking me all the time."

Toy said she spent her down time last season watching a lot of television and just being a typical teen-ager.

"I realized there was not a lot there for me besides swim practice," she said.

She said she also missed the competition, and perhaps more importantly, the camaraderie with swimmers from her team and other schools.

"You get to know people from all around," she said.

The Danville roster has been growing in recent years, and Toy said she had a lot of new faces and names to learn when she returned to the team.

"I didn't know who everyone was," she said.

But now she knows enough about her teammates to believe that Danville can contend for a regional title this winter.

"I'm hoping that we can win the regional," Toy said. "We're pretty strong this year."

Toy won the 100-yard butterfly and the 500 freestyle Wednesday, and she swam the butterfly leg of the 200 medley relay and the anchor leg of the 200 freestyle relay.

She said she prefers freestyle races, but she understands her team needs her in the butterfly as well.

"Because they want me to, I don't mind swimming (butterfly) that much, but if I had a choice, it'd be all freestyle," she said.

Reynolds wins two races

Elizabeth Reynolds also won two races, the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke, and swam in two winning relays for the Danville girls, who won all 11 events and outscored Boyle 176-105 for first place in Wednesday's three-team meet. Mary Wheeler had one individual win and three relay wins.

The boys competition was much closer, as first-place Danville had 128 points and Boyle had 88.

Danville's boys won all three relays and a total of six events; Boyle won four events.

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