June 30, 2021
CAST had 65 swimmers brave the heat last weekend at the annual Summer Solstice meet in Spokane. Our kids did a wonderful job beating the heat and the competition, and are primed to finish out the season fast with our upcoming championship meets in July. Great job to all the participants; some of the noteworthy swims are listed below, although there were far too many to record here!
For several swimmers, this was their first time competing in an Olympic sized pool; props to Ethan Harrell, Sam Harrell, Finley Larson, Ella Mohr, Payton Goodwin, Finley Howard, Laura Mohr, and Lincoln Wood for stepping up into a challenging new environment and doing such a great job!
This meet had the rare opportunity for our 10 and under swimmers to compete in longer races; several of our younger athletes stepped up and swam the 200 distance for fly, back or breast. Dallin Stephens set a new team record in the 200 back for 9-10 boys, and established the first one for the 200 meter fly. Maggie Sobek was our other record breaker, beating the girls’ 9-10 200 meter backstroke mark. Special shoutout to all the 10 and unders who braved the 200s-Eleanor Strow at just 8 years old completed a rocking 200 breaststroke; while 9 year old Avery Shoemaker swam the 200 backstroke! Brielle Schmidt battled in the 200 fly, 200 back, and 200 breast, not to mention the 200 free and 200 IM-a clean sweep of the longest events offered for her age group!
Some of the other standout performances include: Demi Blaylock’s 2 second drop in her 100 fly along with her 9 other best times; Sam Curtis' 8 best times topped with a 30 second drop in the 200 free; Andrew Davis’ 16 second drop in the 100 back thanks to his improving technique; Kassie Feeney’s 200 breast, a 10 second drop from just a few weeks ago; Mason Groth’s 100 breast, a big 3 second drop that just missed the top performer list; Emmersyn Haley’s terrific 200 IM, a 10 second drop from a month ago; Zach Linford’s repeatedly aggressive swims, most notably his 21:18 1500 in his first ever LC mile; Jasmine Mielke and Kaylynn Misner’s 400 IMs, both girls racing extremely well in their first ever LC 400 IM; Michael Olsen’s smoking fast 2:48 200 IM; and Sylvia Strow’s excellent 7 second drop in the 200 breast.
We had several top 10 performer/performance times over the weekend. The highlight was Camryn Schmidt vaulting into 4th place on the performer list in the women’s 200 fly; she is also now 9th fastest in the 100 fly. Gabby Garasky improved her standing on the performer list in nearly a half dozen races, moving up in the 100 free, 200 free, 200 back, 200 fly, and 200 IM. Pema Anain earned the 10th spot in the 400 free, and although it wasn’t quite a best time, added a top-10 performance in the 1500. Logan Robillard jumped all the way to 7th in the 400 IM on the men’s performer list, and Lance Mielke moved up a spot to 7th in the 200 breast. Elishka Janout leapfrogged into 9th in the 200 breaststroke, while Kathryn Gyde improved her 5th place performer time in the 100 breast.
Fantastic work and congrats to all our athletes; now it’s on to championship season!