Summer Solstice

75 CAST swimmers attended the Summer Solstice meet in Spokane last weekend. It was another terrific weekend of swimming top to bottom, and the coaches left the meet very pleased with how we are swimming at this point in the season. 


We had several team records fall and several swimmers move onto the top-10 performer times. Leading things off was Riley Taylor, who took down the 11-12 girls 800 free record and lowered her own team record in the 200 fly. Gabby Garasky lowered her own record in the 11-12 girls 200 back-these two pack quite a punch in their age group! Top-10 all time performer swims came from Aren Kariotis (100 back and 50 free), Milan Saric (100 fly), Natasha Astrauskas (100 fly), Alli Hood (1500 free), and Logan Robillard (400 free). Lanis Webb continued his great summer, and just missed the 10th place mark in the 400 free by less than .2 of a second!


Josh Smith took the plunge and competed in his first ever meet, finishing both his races in just a shade over a minute, a great start! First-time Long Course competitors included Brooke Westrup, Sarah Smith (who swam an awesome 100 fly to kick things off on Sunday!), Suzie Smith, Natasha Adams, Allie Maykuth, Kyleah Cline, and Mason Groth. You all did a wonderful job stepping up into a new environment and swimming with confidence in yourselves!


We simply had too many swimmers in the meet to name everyone, but I would like to recognize a few individuals who had exemplary performances. Elle Ford had terrific races all weekend, demonstrating good attacking speed and wiping away her old times, but she was also on the front lines in the morning and afternoon sessions loudly cheering on her teammates. Emma Fredekind had terrific swims in the distance events, ending the meet with a blazing 40 second drop in the 400 freestyle. Luke Fredekind smashed most of his old best times, including 26 seconds off his 100 fly and 5 seconds off his 100 free, and was lightning quick off his breakouts on every start. Logan Hanson dropped double digit seconds in 4 different races, and showed how much she has accomplished with her stroke technique this year! Dakota Keyworth dropped time in all 8 of her races, and finished 14th or better in every one of them. Soa Kimstayton continues to impress in the breaststroke races; at just 6 years old, he finished 3rd in the 8 and under boys’ category in the 100 breast, dropping 33 seconds along the way! Ethan Linford, coming off a broken wrist, was still 100% best times on the weekend, with his most impressive race a 5 second drop in the 50 free. Lance Mielke has seen rocket-ship improvement over the last year, and he finally got to see the payoff with gobs of time dropped in every race, but his best may have been his first ever LC 100 fly that he finished in 1:16, an excellent time. Chelsea Venning blew the coaches away in her 3 backstroke races, which she quite literally kicked it into high gear and blew away her heats. Sydney Webb saw improvement in 6 of her 7 races, but saved her best for last, with an 11 second drop in the 400 free that was incredibly exciting  to watch.


In general, we were thrilled with the go-get-it attitude our 13 and overs showed all weekend; even as our athletes competed in their 14th (or more!) swim of the meet, they still went in with a smile on and raced hard. Our younger kids showed a lot of courage stepping up into new and challenging races, and even on a cold morning at 7 AM warmups they were excited and a joy to coach. A special shoutout to all those who swam the 400 free on Sunday-that was such a fun event to coach as our kids challenged one another and themselves every single time; it was the perfect way to finish the meet. We’re just one month out from Champs and the other championship meets, and CAST is in a great spot; keep up the great work everyone!