December 11, 2018
The inaugural SWAT Winter Invite was a chance for our 9-14 year old swimmers to experience a prelims/finals style competition as preparation for our championship meets in February and March. The CAST swimmers rose to the challenge, with even new swimmers racing like seasoned veterans in finals races all weekend long. Highlights from some of our 33 swimmers who attended include:
Grayson Hartfield and Wyatt Young competing in their first meets, both of whom stepped into the water with confidence and raced hard; Pema Anain’s 4 for 4 best times, including 28 seconds off her 500 free and 21 seconds off her 200 back; Chloe Bourland’s 11 second drop in her 100 fly en route to 4 best times; new transfer swimmer Lara Coci's 5 best times, and her blazing 50 free split on the winning 9-10 girls freestyle relay; fellow transfer swimmer Andrew Davis’ 4 best times, with “double dip” best times in the 50 free and 50 fly in finals; Sam Curtis’ 2 best times, and his 2nd place finish in the 8 and under’s 50 breast; Luke Fredekind’s 25 second drop in the 200 breast to take 2nd as an 11 year old in the 11-14 division; Gabby Garasky’s clean sweep of all 8 of her individual races, with a marathon of 16 swims in less than 48 hours; Mason Groth’s fantastic weekend, with 3 first place finishes and best times in 4 of his 6 races. My favorite race was his gutsy 100 fly at the end of the weekend, just a few minutes removed from dropping time in his 200 breast and 100 free in finals, Mason still attacked the swim and raced his heart out to close the meet in second place.
Logan Harris had 100% best times; Kylie Istre had 4 best times, and double dipped in the 200 breast dropping nearly 8 seconds in finals from her seed time; Paige Jameson had 100% best times in her 4 races; Dakota Keyworth finished with personal bests in 7 of her 8 races, and placed in the top 3 in every swim with a win in the 50 backstroke; Rachel Nicholls was 6 for 7 on best times, leading off the meet with a huge 7 second drop in the 200 freestyle, a race she already had a best time in from earlier this fall, showing just how fast she is improving; Camryn Scmidt had one of the best rookie 500’s I’ve ever seen, breaking 6:50 at just 11 years old her first time trying that swim; Kaycee Skelton came with just one event and one goal in mind, and reached it by qualifying for the WA open in January in the 50 free; Lauren Stephens finished with 6 best times, a win in the 50 back, and an excellent leadoff leg in the winning 200 medley relay; Brody Walters swam 4 best times, featuring a leadoff PR in the 200 medley relay and a 10 second drop in his 200 freestyle in finals; and Kennedy Way capped her meet with a wonderful 3 second drop in the 100 freestyle in finals.
Thanks to all the swimmers who came to the meet; we have over a month before our next competition, and this is the time in our season to put in some great work at practice in order to be ready for championship meets in 2019!