April 11, 2021
Congratulations to Natasha Astrauskus, Gabby Garasky, Kathryn Gyde, Logan Robillard, and Lanis Webb at the Senior Sectional Meet in Phoenix, AZ. This meet had swimmers from all over the western United States and it did not hold back our CAST swimmers. Given that this was a facility we have never competed in and It was an outdoors, which brings its own set of challenges, it was a phenomenal meet. Below I recognised all top 24 finishes because the top 24 in each event was considered a finals swim whether it was Bonus Final, Consolation Final or Thee Final. They are all noteworthy. Despite only having 5 swimmers at the meet and no relays, CAST finished 15th of the over 40 teams.
Logan had 3 top 8 finishes in 500 (2nd), 1000(3rd) Freestyle and the 200 Fly(8th). Along the way Logan's time of 4:38.17 in the 500 Free landed him 2nd on CAST top performers and 5th on CAST top performances list. His 1000 Free put him 2nd on CAST top Performer and 3rd on top performances with a time of 4:38.17. a1:43.57. Even though he did not place as well in the 1650 Free, Logan’s best time of 16:20.23 posted another 2nd spot on CAST top performer and 6th on CAST top performances. Logan’s other best times in the 200 Free (1:43.17, 4th on performer list and 5th on performances) and 200 Fly (1:59.67) making him 5 for 6 in best times for events at the meet.
Kathryn swims are a statistical anomaly, with dropping time in every time she competed, including double dipping* in the finals 4 times. With those many time drops Kathryn placed well and earned 4 (Yes 4!!!) spots on the CAST Top Performers List. In the 50 Free, she took 10th place at the meet and 7th on the performers list with a 24.34. Taking the Number 2 spot on the performers list in the 100 BR at 1:04.58 placed her 9th at the meet. Then she rounded off the weekend With a 13th place in the 200 Breaststroke (2:25.17) and 23rd (2:13.90) in the 200 IM. Those swims put her 4th for 200 Breastroke and 7th for the 200 IM on the Top performers list.
Lanis had a bit of an up and down meet. But when he was on, he brought it big time. Dropping time in his 100 Free (8th,47.64) and 200 free (6th, 1:44.01) put himself on two more top performers list for CAST. In finals, he finished 14th in 100 Free, 16 in 200 Free and 22nd in 100 BK.
Gabby finished her last meet as a 14 year old in style. Her 12th place finish in the 100 Free (53.01) put her 4th on the top performer list . Then she finished just a bit better in the 100 BK with 11th place at the meet. At the end of the meet in the 50 Free she managed a 19th place finish. Even though places didn’t work out in her favor, her best personal swim came in the 200 Free with a best time of 1:55.97 was a 17th place finish and 6th for best performer on CAST.
Natasha had a great meet by showing perseverance through injury over the past couple of years. She put up some great personal milestone times on her road to recovery. Coming to the meet without knowing what to expect, she competed quite well placing 20th in the 100 BK, and in prelims placed 21st in 200 BK and 20th in 100Fly which were her best times in the past two years.
I personally am very proud of swimmers for their performances. During this past year we were all going in not knowing exactly how everything was going to workout (with so few meets and only trying to prepare with practice indoors and only the Kroc Center pool). This was a huge learning experience of seeing hard work, patience and perseverance will win in the end. These swimmers put a wonderful exclamation point on the end of the most difficult conditions over the past year I have ever coached.
*double dipping - dropping time in prelims and then dropping more time in finals.