May 22, 2018
CAST's inaugural journey to the Boise Spring Fling was a smashing success for our 45 swimmers. This was the first time our team has chartered a bus for a meet, and I have to first compliment all the swimmers who travelled on the bus-your behavior was exemplary, and the coaches, chaperones, and even the host team noticed! It was truly a joy to see how supportive and joyful our swimmers were all weekend, and because of how smoothly everything went we are planning on doing this trip again next year. Thanks to our older swimmers who cheered on the 12 and under during the morning session, and to all the 12 and under who cheered for our 13 and overs in the afternoon. There is no doubt your enthusiasm helped fuel some of our great swims! Finally, a huge amount of thanks goes to our chaperones, Shelly Sobek and Mary Hartman; without their work organizing food, helping to get swimmers where they needed to be, and take care of many of the logistics this trip could not have run as smoothly. Thank you both so much!!!
We decided to attend the Spring Fling in order to add an early season Long Course meet to the schedule against strong competition, and that is precisely what we got! There were several team records broken and top performer times replaced, which is a great sign for the first meet of the new season! We had two swimmers earn high point awards. Logan Robillard dominated the 13-14 boys age group, winning every event, going all best times, and beating out many of the 15 and overs he was racing. Logan earned top a pair of top-10 performer times; he is now the 10th fastest swimmer in team history in the 800 free and a whopping 4th place in the 1500 free, at only 13 years old! The 1500 was a stunning race that closed out the meet and earned him a LC senior zones cut! Gabby Garasky earned high point honors for the 11-12 girls, beating out teammate Riley Taylor by only a couple of points. These girls battled all weekend and showed tremendous improvement from last season, netting all new best times. Gabby broke the team record in the 200 backstroke, and both Gabby and Riley are knocking on the door of the 50 and 100 fly team records. Riley is closing in on the girls 400 IM team record as well-I have a feeling these two will be placing a bunch of plaques on the record board come this fall! One other team record went down; Tillie Sobek smashed the 8 and under girls’ 100 freestyle team record, and dropped time in every event she swam. Tillie was chasing the girls’ 50 free record and missed it by tenths of a second two different times this weekend; after the second one, she only had a couple of minutes to get behind the blocks for her 100 free, and she sprinted that race like she was still doing the 50 to crush the record-an amazing performance of both body and mind! Tillie finished 2nd in the high point race for 8 and under girls, just one spot up from her sister Maggie Sobek. Both Tillie and Maggie were 100% best timers, with Maggie dropping more than 10 seconds in every one of her races. Tristan Whiting led off his weekend with a 9 second drop in the 400 IM, making him 10th all time in that event. Ethan Downing held off charges by Logan and Kelton Ellis in the 800 free to move up to 9th on the team performer list, and had a tremendous touch-out in the 100 fly in one of the best races of the weekend. Finally, Sarah Nicholls placed second in the high point awards.
We had a huge contingent of swimmers who dropped time in every event; all the following kids were 100% faster on the weekend: Taylen Zahnow, who crushed her previous 200 IM time by 7 seconds and is closing in on her senior squad cut; Cammy White took on a bunch of new events and finished the meet with an awesome 100 freestyle sprint; Lanis Webb continues to tear up 2018, with 20 second drops in both the 100 and 200 backstroke and a tremendous 400 meter freestyle. Lanis will soon be on the top performer lists for the backstroke if he keeps this up! Kennedy Way competed in her first Long Course meet and looked like she belonged there, particularly in the breaststroke events in which she has the makings of a star! Jace Voeller, one of only a handful of C squad swimmers in attendance, continued to show why he won Most Improved at the banquet this year; his most impressive swim of many great ones was his 27 second drop in the 50 breaststroke. Fellow C squadder Quinn Taylor had a tremendous first LC meet, swimming a full slate of events and leading off the meet as our first swimmer with her first ever 200 LC IM, where she placed 6th; she was also top 5 in the 9-10 girls 50 breaststroke. Maverick Royalty dropped in all of his events from last year, and added in some new ones-like the tremendous 100 fly he put together Sunday afternoon. Dylan Opp competed in 3 new events and dropped time in all the rest he swam, the largest being a 28 second drop in the 100 free. Julia Pierce continues to come on strong, particularly in the sprint events; she took 2nd in the 100 free and 4th in the 50 free and has the makings of a top tier sprinter within the year. Kendra Newman attended her first ever long course meet after only a couple of 50 meter practices; she showed a lot of courage in her events, swimming the 400 free and is on pace to crack the top 10 performer list by summer’s end in the 200 breast. Ben Linford dropped huge chunks in all of his races, and had the most difficult event set for any of our 12 and unders, with the 400 free, 400 IM, 200 IM, and 100 fly among others; he also finished with a pair of second places in the 100 back and 50 fly. Ryan Heick continues to improve all her strokes dramatically; she was our only female entry in the 800 freestyle, and dropped 53 seconds from last year’s swim and tied for her highest place at 12th! Avery Gephart expanded her repertoire with first time swims in the 400 free, 400 IM, and 100 back, netting several “BB” cuts for champs next season along the way. Luke Fredekind probably claims the award for most time dropped, shaving well over 130 seconds total in his 8 races, with a whopping 49 second drop in his 200 free. Mason Fox also joined the ranks of our all-best times crew, putting together a very nice slate of sprint events capped off by his 9 second drop and junior squad cut in the 100 freestyle. Nikki Cicero returned to long course swimming for the first time in several summers, and rightfully smashed all her old times; her 200 free is now nearly a minute faster than her previous best! Camryn Carr finishes our long list of 100% best time swimmers, while discovering a newfound talent for butterfly, finishing with her best placement of the weekend at 13th in the 100.
The only thing that didn’t go according to plan over the weekend was illness-we had several swimmers who couldn’t make the trip or were dealing with respiratory illnesses that put a damper on the weekend. I would like to compliment Abbey, Ainsley (at her first ever long course meet!), Hope, Tori, Alyssa, and all the rest who couldn’t compete feeling their best but nonetheless supported their teammates and had a positive demeanor during the weekend. Thanks to everyone who helped make the trip a fun and successful start to the long course season!