Tri City Invite

      Twenty five Crocs went to Pasco to face off against over 600 swimmers from around the northwest. This meet is particularly fast with several Seattle area teams competing, so every heat was tightly seeded with lots of great athletes to race; we even witnessed a swimmer from the WEST swim team make his Olympic Trials cut in the 200 breaststroke! Our kids had a tremendous meet, with lots of best times and everyone racing hard throughout. To make the top 7 at this competition was very tough, so kudos to those who did so! 


      Lanis Webb leads off our highlights; Lanis had the swim of the weekend with his 3+ second drop in the 100 backstroke, finishing 3rd and landing on CAST’s all time top performer list in 7th place. Lanis had 5 best times over the weekend, and earned another top 10 time in his 800 free where he dropped over 90 seconds! Gabby Garasky picked right up where she left off last year, breaking team records; this time, she took down the 13-14 girls 800 free record, and improved her top 10 times in the 200 back and 100 fly, winning both those races. Gabby dropped in an impressive 7 of her 9 races! Alli Hood has been working diligently on some of her “weaker” events in practice, and showed off the improvement last weekend; Alli is a top-notch freestyler and backstroker, but chose to branch out and swim events like the 400 IM, 200 fly, and 200 breast. She was rewarded with 6 best times in her 6 swims, and a top-10 mark in the 400 IM. This was a tremendous testament to her desire to improve, and I was very impressed at how well Alli has done making her weaknesses into strengths, a lesson all of our kids can learn from!


     We had a pair of rookie Long Course swimmers; Andrew Davis continues to be a beastly competitor, with 6 super fast swims that would have blown away his converted short course times; Andrew just missed out on a top 7 finish in the 100 freestyle, and will be a force to be reckoned with come Long Course Champs time! Maddy Wisdom was one of only 2 C squad swimmers at the meet, and despite the daunting task that was her first 50 meter pool, Maddy had 3 great swims that set the table for her to go into the next time with confidence.


      Several of our other athletes had 100% or nearly 100% best times. Demi Blaylock was a spectacular 9 for 9 best times when we include her first ever LC 200 backstroke, breaststroke, and freestyles; Demi continues to be a rising star and was racing as fast as many of our Junior and even some of our Senior girls in events like the 200 IM, where she lopped 21 seconds off last year’s time. Trista Slife likewise went faster in all 6 of her swims, and earned ribbons for her 5th place finish in the 100 breast and 7th place finish in the 50 breast. Trista will be representing IES later this summer at Age Group Zones on the strength of her amazing breaststroke speed! Paul Janke was also  6 for 6, with his 100 fly dropping 10 and his 200 fly dropping 6 seconds from last year; Paul’s bold and fearless 200 fly finished 15th in his age group as he continues to improve his underwaters, breakouts, and breathing patterns.  Jace Voeller capped our 6 for 6 crew with all new personal bests, including huge drops like 19 seconds in the 100 free and 17 in the 50 fly-it goes to show how much difference just one good season of training can make! Steven Griffith tore through his 4 races, as our most improved swimmer for A squad showed why he earned that award this year. Steven dropped 11, 13, 18, and 4 seconds in his races and nearly broke 30 seconds in the 50 free. Pema Anain was 3 for 3, and finished 4th in the 200 freestyle with a time that knocked 16 seconds off last year’s mark. Kennedy Way was similarly 3 for 3, as she dropped a whopping 18 seconds off last year’s 100 back time as she tore down the pool! 


    Lauren Stephens swam a very full slate of 9 events and dropped in 8 of them; Lauren continually sets the highest of goals for herself and continues to see time drops in nearly ever race she swims, highlighted by a 19 second drop in her 200 IM! Dallin Stephens followed suit with 6 best times in 7 swims; Dallin’s 100 free, 100 back, and 200 free all dropped a dozen seconds or more from last summer! Erin Griffith was 4 for 5 on best times, and would have been perfect except for an overzealous kickout on her fly race; her biggest drop came in the 100 free, where she improved by 7 seconds and demonstrated how far that stroke in particular has come along! Bridger Kiracofe was 3 of 5 on best times, highlighted by a very speedy 9 second drop in his 100 free to get under the 1:10 mark. 


    Our swimmers who didn’t hit all best times still had plenty of good performances; for our junior and senior swimmers, it gets harder to drop time the longer you’ve swam, and while the finishing endurance wasn’t always there, our kids had excellent initial speed and raced very well all weekend. Chris Hartman had 4 best time, quite a feat for one of our most experienced swimmers, and was right on the rest of his best times. Chris came into every race very focused and with a specific goal and plan in mind, which put him in the best mindset possible to go fast!  Ethan Downing dropped 2 seconds in his 100 breast, just missing our top times list, and was right on his best time in his 200 free relay split. It was a similar story for Isabelle Downing, who dropped 9 seconds in her 100 breast as she returns to swimming after volleyball season. Hope McWilliams dropped 7 seconds in her 200 breast, and like always, was poolside for most of the meet cheering on her teammates. Logan Robillard swam a fantastic 100 fly, where he dropped 2 seconds; despite just aging up into the crazy fast 15 and over category, Logan still came away with a top 7 finish in the 800 freestyle. Micah Sharples dropped time in her 100 free, and in every single race was out fast and looking great; look for her endurance training to kick in next time for a bunch of fast swims. Sydney Webb dropped in both her breaststroke races and her 100 back, the biggest one being her 4 second drop in the 100 breast, showing great technical focus in the 200 breaststroke in particular. Abbey Whiting had a big breakthrough in her 100 fly, dropping over 10 seconds, and knocked 6 off one of her primary swims in the 800 free, just missing the top 10 performer list; she also continued the breaststroke improvement pattern with a drop in her 100 breast. Taylen Zahnow  just barely missed a best time in both her 100 back and 100 fly, missing 50% best times by tenths of a second in either race, but she gamely raced hard every time and had a pair of very speedy relay splits in her 50 free and 50 fly. 


    Great job to all who came out; it was a very fun weekend in the heat, and our swimmers did a fantastic job top to bottom with their good spirits and fast times!