June 11, 2021
Congratulations to the 40 swimmers who competed in Pasco last weekend at the Tri City Open. Nearly 700 swimmers from around the northwest attended the meet, which meant full heats with plenty of fast swimming. Even in the face of some challenging weather conditions, our kids rose up and swam hard through the final race!
There were several record breaking swims, and plenty that set the stage for more later this summer. The 13-14 girls continued assault on the team record board; Erin Griffith, Trista Slife, Camryn Schmidt, and Lauren Stephens took down the 200 medley relay record on Saturday, and on Sunday Quinn Taylor and Pema Anain joined Camryn and Trista to break the 200 free relay record. This is already twice this summer those records have fallen, and 7 different 13-14 girls have combined to take down those times! Several swimmers earned or improved their spots on the ladies’ top 10 performer list, including Pema in the 800 free, Kathryn Gyde in the 100 and 200 breast, Riley Taylor in the 200 IM, Trista in the 200 breast, Gabby Garasky in the 200 back, and Camryn in the 200 fly. Dallin Stephens was our top point-getter, earning second place for high point in the 10 and under boys’ division.
Although there were too many great swims to name them all, a few standout performances include:
Michael Olsen’s blazing fast 27.8 50 free that earned him a spot on the “A” relay; Adeline Downing’s legal 100 breaststroke that was the culmination a lot of work and focus in practice; Eli Shaw’s dominant performances in the 100 and 50 butterflies; Quinn Taylor’s 50 free where she kicked like a mule and earned a spot on the 13-14 record setting relay; Mason Groth’s excellent 200 IM that was a full 7.5 seconds faster than in Lewiston just 2 weeks before; Zach Linford’s terrific 200 fly, a clinic in mental preparation beforehand resulting in a big time drop; Clara Strow’s well-split and disciplined 200 freestyle (and all her free events, really!); every one of Jace Voeller’s events, showcasing just how much improvement can happen in a short period of time; and Addison Wallace's goal setting that helped her achieve a bunch of "B" times for Junior Olympics later this summer!
Thank you to all who competed, braving the heat and the cold alike-it was great to see everyone face off against the competition!