August 3, 2021
Wonderful work to all 70 of our athletes who competed at Junior Olympics last week in Spokane! CAST ran away with second place in the team competition, behind only the host team. We had a wide range of kids competing-for some this was just their second meet, for others this was a “tuneup” before the larger competitions around the country. The coaches were very happy with the results, particularly our finals swims-we had a ton of kids drop time in the morning and then better that result when swimming at night for points!
CAST claimed a pair of high point winners-Trace Bennett won the 9-10 boys division, claiming 4 first place finishes to go along with a mess of big time drops. Tillie Sobek tied for the 11-12 girls high point honors behind a pair of first place finishes and VERY full slate of events!
The swim of the meet has to go to Quinn Taylor, who had a tremendous prelim race in the 100 breast, and then dumped 3 more seconds in finals to win, qualify for Age Group Zones, and claim the 6th fastest spot on CAST’s all-time Top 10 Performers list-at just 13 years old! Some of the other standouts include Eleanor Strow’s big win in the 50 breast; Erin Griffith’s rocking 12 second drop in the 200 back; Emmersyn Haley’s 6 second drop to win the consolation finals of the 200 free; Bostyn Shoemaker’s huge drop in the prelims of the 200 breast; Ben Linford’s 10 second drop and 10th place finish in the 400 freestyle; Alyssa Michalk’s 12 second drop in the 200 IM and all around sprintiness; Eli Shaw’s complete takedown of all his best times and his near Zones cut in the 50 fly; Dallin Stephen’s big time and stroke improvement in the 200 IM to go along with 3 individual victories; Addison Wallace’s 100 back drop in prelims and again in finals; Maggie Sobek and Brielle Schmidt’s absolute battle for first in the 100 backstroke; and Jake Sachjten’s top 10 time and first place finish in the 1500 free. There were so many tremendous swims last weekend, and I know I’m missing many of them.
A special note on relays: our kids absolutely killed them! From our 10 and under girls relays through the 15 and over boys, every single relay swam hard and fast with enthusiasm to spare. It was wonderful to see the kids come together as a team, and the points garnered as relay teams went a long way towards putting CAST in the silver medal position. Thank you swimmers!
This was a time for goodbyes as well; for two of our graduating seniors, this was their last CAST meet before heading off to college. Lance Mielke banged out several more best times, including a rip roaring consolation final win in the 100 freestyle in his last race, before he heads off the University of Puget Sound where he will be challenging for breaststroke supremacy in the Northwest Conference. Lanis Webb snagged 3 best times, highlighted by a sub-26 second 50 free, in his last Croc meet before he heads off to swim for Concordia University in Irvine on a swimming scholarship. We wish both of these gentlemen the best of luck on their collegiate swimming and academic careers; thank you both for your time with CAST!