Winter Blast Meet
Last weekend 34 swimmers from CAST swam at the University of Idaho for the Winter Blast development meet.  This meet format doesn't designate age groups for racing, have multiple sessions, award ribbons, or even have relays- it is all about swimmers developing their swims and achieving new individual best times and our swimmers did just that! Even with a quick schedule, several swimmers were five for five with new personal bests: Wayne Cardwell dropped time in all of his events including a nine second improvement in his 200 Free and Paul Janke swam multiple events back to back and still managed to drop time in every one! Lauren Stephens swam all five personal bests including an A time in her 100 Back and a 32 second improvement in her 200 Breast. Camryn Schmidt had an incredible meet chasing her Champs cuts and was five for five in new times including her finale 100 IM where she qualified for Champs. Chloe Bourland also received her first Champs time with a speedy 100 Back.
This was the debut meet for Maddy Wisdom, who swam her first 50 Free and 50 Back beautifully. Other swimmers who are relatively new with CAST also had great performances including Isaiah Dueling with a six second improvement in his 50 Back, Sam Curtis who dropped five seconds in his 50 Free, Lara Cocis, who had big improvements in her 50 Backstroke and 100 Freestyle, Brielle Schmidt, who dropped seven seconds in her 50 Breast and four seconds in her 50 Fly, and Trenton McLean with his first legal 50 Back and a new time in his 50 Free. Isaiah Harrison swam a sub 30 second 50 Freestyle his first time swimming that race and Paige Jameson managed to drop time in both her freestyle events despite her foot injury. Andrew Davis also had a solid meet with three new best times.
CAST's 13 and over boys had a great showing and some competitive races. Isaiah Hudlet had three new best times including a two second drop in his 200 IM, Bridger Kiracofe improved three seconds on his 100 Fly, Mason Groth had five consistent races including shaving time off his 200 Breaststroke, Maverick Royalty raced a lot of butterfly including a 2 second drop in his 50 Fly, and Mason Fox also dropped two seconds in his 50 Fly as well as swimming his first sub 28 50 Free.
Three swimmers stayed until the end to race the 500: Rachel Nichols, who began the meet with a stunning 200 Freestyle and 13 second drop also finished the meet with her first 500 Free. Dakota Keyworth was four for five in best times including dropping twenty seconds in her finale 500 Free. Soa Kimstayton, only seven years old, also swam the 500 Free and showed much more discipline in his three breaststroke races with an eight second improvement in his 100 Breast. All in all a great one day meet for CAST!