February 12, 2019
2019 Junior Champs
It was a clean sweep last weekend for CAST at Junior Champs 2019! Not only did the boys and girls both win their team championships, but CAST captured the spirit award as well! This makes it 3 years in a row winning this meet, and the coaches were thrilled with the performances of all our swimmers. Not only did we swim fast, but the kids did a great job supporting their teammates and earned yet another spirit award to add to our team's ever growing list. Thanks to all the volunteers who made the meet possible; hosting Junior Champs is a big advantage for our team, and saves our families the time and expense of travel. In particular, thanks to Shelly Sobek, Ben Griffith, and Steve Hudlet, who all put in tremendously long days and had so much responsibility in making the meet a success!
Leading off the highlight reel, we had 2 swimmers capture high point awards for their age groups; Demi Blaylock ran away with the 13-14 girls category, and went from 0 Short Course champs cuts to 5 cuts in just one weekend! Demi’s superb attendance and work ethic have catapulted her awesome progress these last few months. Sam Ausband captured high point honors for the 11-12 boys, amidst an astonishing 8 new Champs cuts! Sam has come back from a broken arm suffered last fall with a vengeance, demolishing his previous best times in every race that he swam. Other top 3 high point scorers included Maggie Sobek, who was 2nd in the 8 and under girls category, won the 25 fly, and still has another year in that age group; Tillie Sobek, who was 2nd for the 9-10 girls, raked in 7 new Champs cuts, and won the 100 back and 100 IM; Camryn Schmidt earned 2nd place in the 11-12 girl’s category, earned 5 new Champs cuts, and blew the doors off every race she swam with 6 of 7 best times; and Luke Fredekind, who placed 3rd in the 11-12 boys group, got 2 new champs cuts, and won the 100 breaststroke.
Junior Champs is a great meet for new swimmers, and we had six first timers take the plunge into competition! Clarke Massey, Elijah Minix, Micah Minix, Connor King, Eli Shaw, and Belle Taylor all did a great job diving into their first ever meet, hopefully the first of many!
There were so many awesome swims, and apologies to those that I won’t have space to mention; every one of our kids had at least one great moment this weekend, and this is just a sampling of the excellence we saw from a few of our 60+ swimmers!
Pema Anain earned 2 new champs cuts and won the 100 breast en route to 100% best times. Chloe Bourland rocked 7 best times, none more grand than her 37 second drop in the 500 freestyle! 8 year old Sam Curtis dropped in all 5 of his individual races, and placed 6th in the 50 breast. Isaiah Deuling scored a 7th place finish in his first ever 100 breast, and dropped big chunks in his 100 free and 50 back. Nina Emry won the 50 free and 50 back and scored 4 new Champs cuts. Elle Ford dropped huge chunks in the breaststrokes, finishing 2nd in the 200 and qualifying for the top spot in finals in the 100, missing champs cuts in both by just tenths of a second in each but showing a ton of potential! George Lavy had a tremendous 50 fly on the 200 medley relay, splitting 5 seconds faster than his best time in his first full slate meet. Steven Griffith was part of our 11-12 boys domination, placing 5th in the high point race, won the 100 fly and 100 IM, and was a leg on 2 winning relays. Keelie Halsted came from out of nowhere seeded with a No Time, to place 8th in a stacked 9-10 50 backstroke with a phenomenal swim. Isaiah Hudlet finished a brutal Saturday finals with 3 swims in 40 minutes, won the 200 IM, and broke 1:00 for the first time in his 100 free to net another Champs cut. Ashley Linford placed 6th in the girls 50 breast at just 6 years old and had a killer 7 second drop in her 50 backstroke and wasn't far off another medal in that race! Alahna Lien earned a new Champs cut in her victory in the 100 fly, and had a huge time drop in the 200 fly as well. Andrei Olaru was 4th in the 11-12 boys high point race, earned his first ever 3 champs cuts, and won the 50 freestyle by dropping almost 2 seconds! Emorie Rasmussen wins the award for most overall time dropped, with over a minute off her 500 free, 39 seconds off her 200 back, and 3 seconds off 3 other races. Quinn Taylor was eligible to compete in just a 3 races, but made them count, winning the 100 fly and 100 free, placing 2nd in the 200 free, and was a key part of a pair of winning 12 and under relays despite only being 10!