August 16, 2014
Congratulations to all those who swam in the 3rd annual Coeur d'Alene Crossing! You can download the full results in Excel form here. We had 174 swimmers begin the race, and all 174 finished, ranging in ages from 10 to 72! CAST had a great showing, with Kade Hern winning the whole thing in just under 49 minutes, running away with the victory. Kade beat second place by over 2 minutes! Kudos as well to Nicholas Brown, who placed 3rd overall and knocked 8 minutes off his time from last year, and to Josh Lyon, who dropped 5 minutes off last year's swim and placed 7th. Maggie de Tar was the second female swimmer to finish and was 9th overall, doing so without the aid of a wetsuit! Tristan Whiting improved by a whole 13 minutes (not to mention moving up 48 places!) to complete an awesome summer of fast swimming. Marcus Gentry (who is only 10!) and Suzanne de Tar had a very nice race to the finish, placing 13th and 14th respectively, with Marcus dropping 6 minutes and Suzanne dropping 1 from last year. nm
Sarah NIcholls (16th), Kate Matlosz (19th) and Gabe Markowski (20th) rounded out the top 20 swimmers, with Gabe and Kate both improving over last year's swim. Sarah Rice completed her first year in the crossing with an impressive time of 1 hour 5 minutes, good for 26th place, and right on her tail in her first Crossing was Sidney Gardner, with an initial swim of 1 hour 8 minutes. Marcus Rozier moved up 13 places from last year, coming in 35th overall in his 3rd Crossing swim; Marcus is our youngest swimmer to have competed all 3 years! Christopher Hartman likewise compelted a strong first Crossing in under 1 hour and 10 minutes, just 1 day removed from racing the mile in Spokane! Jack Lyon moved up 60 places from last year, dropping nearly 7 minutes off his time! Abbey Whiting wins our most improved award; she dropped 18 minutes in just one year, and placed 51st, over 100 places better than 2013! Sarah Gonzalez, another one of our studly 10 year olds, completed her first crossing in fine fashion, with a really fast time of 1:12 (and got to race her older sister-more on that later!) Makena Smith and Louie de Tar paced each other in both of their first crossings, finishing neck and neck in 65th and 66th place overall. Ethan Downing set a goal for himself of finishing in 1 hour 15 mintues; although he just missed his goal, he still improved by 12 minutes over last year, finishing in just over 1:17. Last, but DEFINITELY not least, was our only B squad swimmer to brave the crossing-Andrew Hanger, who placed 140th overall with a time of 1:33:06. Fantastic job Andrew!!
I would like to thank some of our Senior swimmers who supported their teammates and showed great leadership by agreeing to accompany some of our younger, first time competitors. Nicole Rozier, Hannah Gonzalez, Beau Urbaniak, and Matt Chastain all swam beside and helped out our newest open water competitors, and we are incredibly lucky to have these young men and women be the role models and leaders of CAST.
Next, we had several CAST parents compete in the Crossing-congratulations to Scott Adamson, Kip Taylor, Steve Rozier, Jack Bukowski, Tom de Tar, Rob Urbaniak, and Monica Rozier on jumping into the swimmer's world and showing these young 'uns how it's done!
Thanks to all those who volunteered their time and resources to once again make this event such a success. I love getting to watch not only our swimmers but members from the community do something special and enjoy a unique and beautiful swim!