Moses Lake Sprint Shootout
CAST kicked off short course season in Moses Lake with the MRA Sprint Shootout. Nineteen swimmers competed in a pentathlon sprint series, with eight of our swimmers advancing to the bracket style freestyle shootout and two making it all the way to the final round. In addition to the fast races in the morning and shootout finale, CAST represented four fun relays- with the younger swimmers competing with kickboards and pull buoys and the older relays swimming and exchanging t-shirts in a relay that featured belly flops, penguin dives, and lots of laughs. In the midst of all this fun, there were several breakout performances to jump start the season. 
Our youngest swimmers led the meet in great fashion. Ethan Linford began the meet with a ten second drop in his 25 Fly and finished the meet with a fast Freestyle race in the shootout. Glory and Kate Eddy both swam butterfly for the first time in a meet- competing in both the 25 Fly and the 100 IM. They both dropped time in both Backstroke and Freestyle and Kate even advanced to the semi-finals of the shootout, posting an even faster freestyle time than she swam in the morning. Maggie Sobek, our youngest swimmer at age six completed each pentathlon event without any DQs and dropped time in each race! The highlight of C Squad was new swimmer Tillie Sobek who placed in the top three in each individual event and advanced all the way to the finals of the sprint shootout. She swam even faster in the Quarter-Finals than she had earlier in the day- getting within half a second from the team record in that event!
Pema Anain led B Squad with dropped time in all five of her pentathlon events -including a huge eleven second drop in her 50 Fly. She also finished in the top six in every event and advanced to the sprint shootout. Luke Fredekind and Zach Linford both pushed each other to each drop time in all five events and Luke even advanced to the shootout where he got another new best time in the 50 Free. Chloe Bourland had some solid races including breaking fifty seconds in the 50 Fly. Lauren Stephens posted four new best times, dropping almost ten seconds between them and Noah Eddy dropped over five seconds in both his Backstroke and Breaststroke.
A Squad had some phenomenal swims including Gabby Garasky swimming 28.59 in the 50 Free along with time drops in all of her other pentathlon events and an advancement to the shootout. Julia Pierce also qualified for the shootout with four new best times including swimming 26.74 in the 50 Free and 1:12.01 in the 100 IM. Camryn Carr had an exceptional meet with new times in all five of her individual events and a great focus and goal for her races. Paul Janke posted a new Backstroke time and dropped over five seconds in his IM. It was great having Kylie Istre for her first meet with the team. She had five solid swims as did Emma Fredekind who stepped up to help lead the team.
Our only two Junior Squadders, Lanis and Sydney Webb, both had a great meet. Lanis dropped time in all five of his events and advanced to the shootout where he swam the 50 Free even faster than his morning swim, reaching his goal with a 25.20 performance. Sydney scored 21 points for the team, posted four new best times, and out-touched her competitor in the Semi-Finals of the Shootout to advanced all the way to the finals. All in all a very fun and fast day of swimming to start the year!