Summer Solstice

    Great job to the 65 CAST swimmers who participated in the Summer Solstice meet last weekend! Summer Solstice is the closest meet for our team for the Long Course season, and while this year’s weather left something to be desired our swimmers still rose up and raced hard throughout. This is just a sampling of some of the great performances we had!


    Maggie Sobek started the meet off with a bang, taking down  team records in the 200 IM and 200 free on day one; she placed first in 7 events as she continues to drop the hammer on the 8 and under girls' age group! Speaking of team records, our 11-12 ladies continued to light it up with a pair of records; Erin Griffith, Trista Slife, Lauren Stephens, and Camryn Schmidt broke the team’s 200 medley relay record on Saturday, and Pema Anain joined Lauren, Camryn, and Trista to win the 200 free relay and take down the team record there as well on Sunday! Those ladies enjoyed a lot of individual success too, with Pema winning the 1500 and recording 8 best times, Trista winning all 3 breaststroke races and notching 4 PR’s, Lauren earning a whopping 10 best times amidst a brutal 12 event schedule, Erin seeing drops in 4 races including 8 seconds in her 100 backstroke and 54 in her 100 fly, and Camryn’s 4 best times as she recovers from doing a month of mostly just kicking! These ladies represent part of a large core of young swimmers who are making the future of CAST very bright indeed.


     Lance Mielke continues to earn the title of most improved senior, with a perfect 9 for 9 best times and his first ever appearance on our top 10 times list as he knocked 6 seconds off his 100 breaststroke; Lance is closing in on his goal of making his first Senior Zones cut. Elijah Brown demonstrated how much he’s improved in a year, with 10 PR’s and insane drops like 26 seconds in his 200 back and 18 seconds in his 200 freestyle! Chloe Bourland had 10 best times in 11 races, and had a killer anchor leg on the “B” 200 free relay with some big time stroke improvement to boot! Wayne Cardwell was a perfect 5 for 5 on best times, with a 50 free that put him on par with some of our best sprinters on senior squad. Demi Blaylock continues to impress in tough events like the 200 fly, 400 IM, and 400 free as she dropped time in 8 races and blew the doors off her competition in the fly events, placing 5th in all three distances. Jasmine Mielke was also a member of the 100% club, with gigantic drops of 43 seconds in the 200 breast, 18 seconds in the 100 breast, and 8 seconds in the 50 free. Quinn Taylor demonstrated yet again how far she’s come in a year with 10 best times; even though she is just 11 in the extremely fast and competitive 11-12 division, Quinn placed top 8 in both the 50 and 100 breaststrokes, and had a fabulous 200 breast-you wouldn't have known it was her first one just watching her swim it!Alyssa Michalk won the 13-14 girls 1500 free-it is no coincidence that our 3 Junior swimmers with the highest squad attendance percentage for this season (Alyssa, Pema, and Trista) were the only 3 junior squadders to win an event last weekend!  


Rachel Nicholls knocked it out of the park with 9 best times in her 10 swims, plus two superb relay splits-Rachel’s butterfly in particular has shown great progress, and that improvement sparked a 17 second drop in the 200 IM and a 14 second drop in the 100 fly where she placed 7th, in an event that wasn’t one of her strongest coming in! Brielle Schmidt had a phenomenal first long course meet; she placed second in the 100 fly, 50 back, and 50 fly in her first meet and swam 9 events plus 2 relays and is hungry for even more competition now that she’s gotten a taste of Long Course. Dallin Stephens won the 100 back and 100 free in the 8 and under division, and placed second in the 50 and 100 butterflies. Emorie Rasmussen dropped in 4 of her 5 races, with big numbers coming off her times from last season like 34 seconds in the 200 breast and 27 in the 200 back. Sarah Nicholls has returned to us after her freshman year at Notre Dame, and stretched her events a bit with a second place and top 10 time in the 800 free; she also won the 200 IM.


We had quite a few swimmers compete in their first ever 50 meter meet; Maddie BarronLara Cocis, Isaiah Harrison, Elijah and Micah Minix, Brenner Rasmussen, Eli Shaw, and Bell Taylor all did a terrific job racing in a new, more challenging environment. Parents, if you've not experienced it, believe your athletes when they tell you how much more difficult Long Course is than Short Course for first timers (and even for some of our more experienced kids!) Special shout out to lane 1 C squadder Emily Karioits; in her first ever Long Course meet, she swam a full and challenging slate of 8 events including the 100 fly-and she did it all stoically with no complaints!


Our next big team meet will be Long Course Champs at the end of July-all families attend if you can!