August 11, 2019
A HUGE thank you to all the swimmers and volunteers who made the 2019 CDA Crossing a success today! Despite some last-minute panic as the storm took off with the course that we laid yesterday, we got most of the buoys back in place early this morning, the weather held, and our swimmers did a fantastic job! 198 swimmers finished, with 145 doing the full 2.4 miles and 53 doing the half distance. The Croc swimmers were well represented, with our summer guest swimmer Marcus Gentry holding off the second place finisher in an epic duel down the stretch to win the 2019 crown in a time of 45 minutes, 43 seconds. Not far behind was Logan Robillard, taking 3rd in his first ever crossing in just over 48 minutes; defending champ Tristan Whiting coming in 4th at 48:50; and with a 5 minute improvement over last year Lanis Webb in 5th! Ethan Downing had a 30 second drop from last year and a superb 6th place finish. Abbey Whiting was 8th overall, second on the women's side, and is rapidly closing the gap between her and perennial women's winner Sakaiya McCoy.
Sarah Nicholls came in 10th overall and was the bronze medalist for the women. Cameron Craigie had a very strong swim, coming in 14th overall in 57 minutes; right behind him was 12 year old distance standout Pema Anain in 15th. Taylen Zahnow was our last female finisher under an hour in 16th place, and Ben Linford was 17th and was our last swimmer under the hour mark. That's 11 swimmers in the top 20 for CAST, all 59:59 or faster!
Isabelle Downing had a goal of breaking that 1:00 mark, and missed it by a scant 38 seconds-still representing a 2 minute drop from last year's time and a terrific swim. Mason Fox was our first A squadder across the line in 40th place at 1:06, with Nikki Cicero coming in next at 42nd in her inaugural open water swim. Hope McWilliams got to compete in the Crossing this year, finishing with a big smile in 45th in that same 1 hour, 6 minute range. Kaleigh Goetz was our first female A squadder, with a time of 1 hour, 7 minutes and 19 seconds, good for 50th overall. Sprint phenemenon Wayne Cardwell stretched his repertoire with the distance swim, finishing just under 1:09 and placing 56th. Maverick Royalty ended with a slew of butterfly strokes the last 200 yards to the delight of the crowd, coming in under 1 hour and 10 minutes in 60th. Brynn Adamson, just recently back to training after a long break, finished strong with a time of 1 hour 12 minutes and 68th place.
Several of our swimmers dipped their toes in open water competition for the first time competing in the 1.2 (ish) mile swim, and had some astonishing results. 12 year old Camryn Schmidt was second overall in the swim, showing off some serious freestyle prowess. Right behind her, fellow A squadder Demi Blaylock was 3rd in the 1/2 swim, finishing in 38 minutes. Kennedy Way finished in 42 minutes, good for 11th place. Newcomer Cooper Ray jumped right into the fray, finishing in just under 43 minutes and was the 3rd male finisher out of the water for the 1/2!
We had several CAST parents in the mix as well-my apologies as I'm sure I will miss several of you, but kudos to Kip Taylor (30th overall-with no goggles for the entire race!), Marco Craigie (61st, right in there with his oldest daugher), and Brendan Mielke (right at 1 hour 30 minutes, which will hopefully convince both his kids to do the Crossing next time!) I am sure I missed a couple of you, but congratulations to all those who showed the young ones how it's done!
A huge thank you to coach Jade for stepping in to fill some major shoes this year-not only did he take coach Bob's responsibilities as race director, he also filled in for Steve Rozier on the dry side which represented a TON of work.
To all our volunteers, a HUGE thank you-this community event and fundraiser can't happen without your help, and it's a privilege to be able to host this unique race on our beautiful lake. Great job to all!