August 3, 2021
Last week CAST had 6 swimmers in California attending Senior Zones as a part of the Inland Empire All-Star Team. Concurrently, we had 2 swimmers attending the USA Swimming Futures meet in West Fargo, North Dakota, representing the highest level meet of the summer for our athletes. Both locations featured tons of talent, with 700+ competitors at Futures and 1200+ swimmers at Zones, and just making a second swim at either competition was tough to do!
For our Zones swimmers, Logan Robillard collected a long sought after team record in the 200 freestyle, breaking the 2:00 barrier in finals. Logan also dropped time and recorded top-10 performer times in the 1500 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 200 IM, and 200 Fly! Pema Anain collected another team record in the 13-14 women’s 800 freestyle, to go along with drops and top 10 times in her 1500 free and 400 free. She also went a best in the 50 free! Riley Taylor had a full slate of 7 events and impressively dropped in 6 of them-the 400 IM, 200 IM, 100 Fly, 100 Back, 200 Fly are all on our top-10 lists now to go along with her best time in the 100 free. Trista Slife dropped time in 4 of her 5 races, earning top-10 marks in the 100 and 200 breaststrokes to go along with PR’s in the 50 free and 100 Free. Mason Groth had 3 swims during the week, and while the first two weren’t quite best times, his gigantic drop in the 100 fly was a sight to behold and just missed our top-10 list. That fly race sets him up to be a favorite to win the 100 fly at HS state in just a few months!
For our 6th athlete, it was the last meet before heading off to college. Natasha Astrauskas is a veteran of Senior Zones, making her third trip representing the Inland Empire. Natasha swam 5 individual events plus all three relays, her best a finals-qualifying swim in her premiere event, the 100 fly. Natasha will be swimming for Saginaw Valley State in Michigan, where she’ll immediately have an impact for the sprint strokes. Best of luck Natasha, and thank you for your years with CAST!
Halfway across the country, we had two swimmers repping CAST at Futures in North Dakota. Gabby Garasky qualified to swim in 3 events for this very fast meet and time trialled a fourth, nabbing best times in all 4! Her 100 free, 100 back, 100 fly, and 50 free are all high up on the top 10 performer lists, with the 100 free the third fastest performance in team history! Kathryn Gyde similarly qualified to swim in 3 races; Kathryn had just come off big time drops in her best races, the 100 and 200 breaststroke, and didn’t quite eclipse those previous bests. But she persevered and on the last day knocked out a solid time drop in the 50 free to cap a great season. Kudos to both girls competing against some of the fastest 19 and younger swimmers in the country!