Tri City Open

    The Crocs had their second excellent meet in a row last weekend in Pasco, WA at the Tri-City Open. The meet was well attended and very, very, fast, featuring 700 swimmers from around the northwest. The speed of competition was such that it took a significantly faster time to make a top 7 swim at this meet than it will at our LC champs meet at the end of July! In fact, for many events, swimmers needed an age group sectional cut just to get a ribbon! Our kids raced their heats very well, and CAST posted over 85% best times over the weekend. This is especially impressive since many of our swimmers had a meet in Boise just 2 weeks earlier, and they all dropped time again in nearly every race.


     The team was paced by Logan Robillard, who went 8 for 9 on best times, placed top 7 in all of his races for 38 total points, and moved up to 5th place on the top performers list in the 800 freestyle; Logan had an insane event schedule that included the 400 free, 800 free, 400 IM, and 200 fly! Gabby Garasky scored 13 points, had 5 best times, and is inching closer to the team record in the 100 fly-after a slow start to the weekend, Gabby turned it around and knocked her last 7 events out of the park! Julia Pierce scored 8 points, made a new senior zones cut in the 50 free (she actually went below 30 seconds 3 times-once individually and twice on relays-talk about consistency!), and was our fastest freestyle sprinter all weekend-she finished 4th in both the 100 back and 50 free. Newcomer Alli Hood made her presence known, with a top 10 performer time in the 800 free, a 7th place finish in the 100 back, and best times in every race she swam! Lanis Webb scored a 7th place finish in the 200 backstroke, had 7 of 9 best times, including killer time drops in his 50, 100, and 200 freestyles and his 200 IM. Our final point scorer was Micah Sharples, who has not been able to make it to practice very much lately (remember everyone, good grades come first!!); although her endurance wasn’t there, her initial speed and stroke work really shone and she managed to nab 7th place in the 400 IM on the last day, and went a personal best in the 50 free.


     We had a couple of long course first-timers; Demi Blaylock continues to impress with well rounded stroke work and a positive, determined attitude that is going to make her a great IM’er. Demi swam a full slate of 9 events at her first ever LC meet, and she has nary a weak event to be seen; her signature swim was a blazing 50 back where she dominated her heat by over 2 body lengths. Noah Curtis, one of only 2 C squadders to attend the meet, swam 4 races and got progressively stronger every time he competed; although Noah is still very new to CAST and meets in general, he courageously tackled the challenge of the meet and acquitted himself well; when his goggles came off in his first event, he soldiered on and kept racing!


     Camryn Carr had a great meet two weeks ago in Boise, and somehow followed it up with all 8 best times-it is very difficult to have back-to-back outstanding meets, but Camryn did just that! Soa Kimstayton was our other C squander in attendance; Soa dropped an insane amount of time from last year’s swims, including 32 seconds in his 100 free and 25 seconds in his 50 back. Taylen Zahnow was 6 for 6 on best times, with her best race a 10 second drop in the 200 breast and her best placement of the meet at 28th. Kaleigh Goetz was another 100% best timer; Kaleigh finished an impressive 22nd in the 50 free, out of the 114 girls in the 13-14 year old category; Kaleigh has been one of the most improved swimmers on the team in terms of training, and she showed tremendous speed because of all her great effort! Jarron Kremin is likely our winner for most time dropped; in just one year of good training, Jarron dropped nearly 2 minutes in his 200 baack, 51 seconds in his 100 back, and 18 seconds in his 50 freestyle, in an all-best time performance. I was very proud of Delaney Phillips, who had to face her first ever 100 LC fly  right off the bat on Saturday morning; she persevered, finished strong, and went on to go best times in all 6 of her swims. Delaney’s 7 second drop in the backstroke highlighted her weekend. Kaycee Skelton, a 6-swim member of the all-best time club, shaved over 22 seconds off her 100 fly time and 15 off her 200 freestyle; Kaycee’s been working hard at evening out her breathing pattern on freestyle, and it made a huge difference in her race. 


    Wayne Cardwell overcame an early DQ to drop time in all his other swims, his best probably being the 3:15 he swam in his first ever LC 200 breast; Wayne also anchored the boys relay with a blistering 50 free. Josh Hudlet battled illness and allergies all weekend, and faced some daunting events like the 400 and 800 free; he nevertheless went best times in all but one of his 8 swims, and dropped 12 seconds in his best event, the 200 breaststroke! Kylie Istre had 2 great days of swimming, with nearly all best times, but her 100 fly took the cake; it was a nearly 18 second improvement from last year, and she looked like she was born to swim fly with her aggressive rhythm and fearless swim. Sydney Webb could only attend 1 day, but went 3 new best times, including a PR leading off the 200 free relay. Mason Fox, another swimmer fresh off the Boise meet, went 5 of 6 best times; Mason improved his 200 breast from last season by 23 seconds with his highest finish of the meet in the very challenging 15 and over age group. Pema Anain came for one day, which allowed our 11-12 girls to swim a relay that finished 10th, and dropped in all three of her races including nearly 10 seconds in her 50 fly, which she’s been working quite hard at improving!


     Thanks to everyone for a really fun weekend; don’t forget, all swimmers should sign up for the Summer Solstice meet! As an added bonus, any top 10 performer or performance times will earn the swimmer a chance to “decorate” a coach at the meet!