Washington Open

    Congratulations to the 13 swimmers who competed at the Washington Open in Federal Way last weekend! It had been a long 2 years since we had been able to compete at this premiere facility, and last weekend saw over 600 swimmers in attendance at the meet. The “Open” format means all ages compete against one another in each event-so several races had over 150 swimmers competing for just 24 finals slots!

    Riley Taylor headlines our highlights, notching best times in the 200 back, 50 free, 100 fly, 100 breast, 100 free, and 200 fly. She earned 5 finals swims and made it on the top performer list in the 200 back, 100 fly, 100 breast, and 200 fly. Logan Robillard placed second in the 1000 free and fourth in the 1650 free, both new performance marks, and earned best times in the 50 free and 100 breast, and was the team’s top point-getter. Pema Anain was our top placer on the girls’ side with her 10th place finish and new performance mark in the 1650; she also hit a new top performance mark in the 1000 free to go along with best times in the 500 free and 100 free. Trista Slife moved up the performer list in the 100 and 200 breaststrokes, made finals in the 200 breast, and was a perfect 5 for 5 on best times! Jake Sachtjen rounds out our new top performers, with top 10 marks in the 1000 and 1650 free to go along with drops in the 100 breast and 200 fly.

    Ben Linford had drops in his first 3 races, highlighted by a huge 7 second drop in the 200 back that nearly made the top-10 performer list. Quinn Taylor was a perfect 3 for 3 on best times, and gained a lot of valuable experience as the youngest CAST swimmer attending (she was one of the few 13 year olds in the meet period!) Zack Castaneda earned 4 best times, highlighted by a 3+ second drop to blast through the 1:50 mark in the 200 freestyle. Erin Griffith made the most of her 2 swims, dropping time in both the 100 back and 100 free at her first Open meet. Mason Groth saved his best for last, garnering a new PR in the 100 back and a full second drop in the 100 free on Sunday. Kathryn Gyde scored the most overall points on the women’s side, with finals swims in the 50 free, 100 breast, and 200 breast, with a stellar 12th place finish in the 100 breast. Gabby Garasky made finals in the 50 free and 100 free, both times swimming faster in finals doing a good job adjusting and improving on her morning swims. Demi Blaylock had a terrific drop in her 50 free to lead off the meet, with her other four swims coming in right at her best times.