History Has Been Made on the Waxahachie Swim Team


On November 14, 2020, junior Cade Ferry lettered in every event.

To earn a letter jacket, swimmers on the WHS Swim Team have to meet a specified time requirement. After swimmers qualify for a letter jacket, they receive patches for every event following that they meet the required lettering time. There are eight events that can be lettered in. These include the 100-yard free, 50-yard free, 200-yard free, 500-yard free, 100-yard back, 100-yard breast, 100-yard butterfly, and the 200-yard I.M.

Ferry said, “It’s really cool to say that I’ve met the lettering standard in everything.” 

Specifically, Ferry’s times are 25 seconds for the 50 free, 56 seconds for the 100 free, 2:06 for the 200 free, 6:07 for the 500 free, 1:07 for the 100 back, 1:09 for the 100 fly, and 1:13 for the 100-yard breast.

Having a letter in every event speaks volumes to the amount of talent Ferry possesses. He said, “I’m a jack of all trades; although, I still specialize in certain races.”

He says that backstroke, his strongest stroke, has taken the longest to perfect. 

“In backstroke, my best stroke, I wanted to be really good at it in order to drop time.”

When asked which event was his least favorite, he said it was the 100-yard butterfly.

“I hate fly. I hate it with a passion. It’s my worst stroke. It really tires me out, so by the last 50, it’s hard to maintain speed.”

Ferry says he has been swimming for eight to nine years.

“In second grade, I had to do swim lessons. I was really good, so the local swim team reached out to my mom. With her support, I started practicing with them, and I’ve loved it ever since. Then about 4-ish years ago, I joined a club team called Sigma, but recently, because corona shut everything down, I haven’t been able to make many club practices.”