Just a freshman, Westfield High swimmer Caroline Baldwin has the maturity to know that the competition is really about having fun. Blue Devils' coach Jeff Knight sees it every time Baldwin is poised to start a race.
"She's a great girl, she has a great head on her shoulders,'' said Knight. "She keeps things..light. You see most girls come off the block with that steely look in their faces. Caroline has smile. She is..very easy going and her teammates gravitate toward her.''
Baldwin, this week's Westfield High Female Athlete of the Week, has an outstanding future, her coach adds. Baldwin won the 100 free relay and swam a leg on the first-place 200 medley relay in the Blue Devils' 111-59 victry over Ridgewood in the North Jersey Public A final Tuesday. The 15-0 Blue Devils will face South Jersey champ Vineland
Sunday afternoon at 3:45 at The College of New Jersey for the group title.
Baldwin has gone 24.02 in the 50 freestyle which is the third fastest time in the
state this year. New Providence senior Julia Kudrashova and Kent Place senior Marrissa Immormino have gone faster in the event.
"Caroline is very raw in many regards, but she has all the potential in the world,'' said Knight.
She opened the 200 freestyle relay team's school record 1:38. She led off and was followed by seniors Meg Kaveney and Rebecca DeLaFuente and anchored by freshman Sarah Cronin. Baldwin has earned a spot in the Top 15 list of several Westfield High all-time event performances.
"She's been all over the top 15 list,'' Knight said. "The kids take a lot of pride in that. I wouldn't be surprises if she is on the record board of a number of events by the time she leaves."