Shamrock Shakeup

     Great job to the 34 swimmers who competed in the Shamrock Shakeup meet last weekend in Spokane! For some, this was the culminating meet on a season of hard work-for others, it was a last chance qualifier for the high level meets in Federal Way later this month. CAST had plenty of success on both fronts; here are some of the highlights!

     First up, congratulations to our last chance qualifiers-Micah Sharples nabbed two more Age Group Sectional cuts with a 7 second drop in the 400 IM (now 7th on the all time performer list) and a 4 second drop in the 200 backstroke. Trista Slife earned her second Age Group Sectional cut in the 200 breaststroke with a phenomenal 5 second drop and added a 10 second drop in her 200 freestyle to boot! Gabby Garasky used Shamrock as a tuneup meet for AGS, and knocked off a 10 year old team record in the 100 IM and lowered two more of her own team records in the 50 back and 100 fly (now 10th on the all time performer list in the 100 fly and 9th in the 200 IM.)

     CAST had a pair of first time competitors-Lexie McCarroll and Braeden Provence took the plunge and acquitted themselves very well! Lexie had a very full event set that included a legal 50 fly and 4 other swims; Braeden lit it up with an awesome 50 free, a legal 50 breast, and 5 total swims. Great job to both of you at your first of many meets! We also had a swimmer come back to club competition after a long absence; Mati Archer returned to CAST this winter after a break from the team, and netted 3 best times including a sub-30 second 50 freestyle.

    Some of our other standouts included Isabelle James, who went 8 for 8 on best times, swam her first ever 500, and just generally tore it up. Maverick Royalty was a terrific 7 for 7 on best times, with a 20 second drop in his 200 IM, 5 off his 200 fly, and 3 seconds off his already quick 100 fly. Chloe Bourland had an incredible 9 best times over the course of the weekend, the standout being a 7 second drop in her 200 backstroke. Dakota Keyworth had an outstanding meet, with drops in all but one of her 8 races (and that one was only off by .01;) her 200 backstroke was simply spectacular, a 2:46 that ranks her as one of our speediest A squadders to do that event! Belle Taylor is rapidly improving and is one of the most intentional and focused new swimmers we’ve ever seen; she dropped 23 seconds in her 100 free, 11 in her 100 back, and 8 in her 50 free from times she just swam last month at Junior Champs! Bridger Kiracofe has been putting in awesome work at practice, and was rewarded with 75% best times, a big 5 second drop in his 200 IM, and second place in the 200 breaststroke.

    Wayne Cardwell had 5 best times, coming just one week after Short Course Champs, including a win and a 3 second drop in the 200 breaststroke. Isaiah Harrison had 4 best times, including his first ever 500 free and his first ever top-6 finish. Jarron Kremmin took the tiger by the tail, swimming his first ever mile as well as the 400 IM on Friday and then 5 races on Saturday for a total of 5 best times. Brenner Rasmussen did a great job in his second meet, with his first 100 IM and a 6 second drop in his 100 back. Just-turned-11 Quinn Taylor swam her first ever 400 IM in an impressive 6:32 and added 5 other best times, with huge drops of 37 seconds in the 200 back and 13 seconds in the 200 IM. Maddie Barron came back from a should injury to drop time in both her events on Saturday, and Noah Curtis went 2 for 3 on best times, highlighted by a speedy 4 second drop in his 50 free.

   Thanks to all our swimmers for such a fast meet; everyone dropped in at least some of their races, and it was a fun way to cap off the big invitational meets for the short course season!