November 18, 2019
Congratulations to the 88 CAST swimmers who competed last week at our home meet! We had a great turnout from our new swimmers and veterans alike. Thank you so much to all the parent volunteers who made the meet possible, with Julie Robillard as meet director and Ben Griffith as the AO in particular putting in a ton of hours behind the scenes to make sure everything ran smoothly. I can’t write up all the great swims from the weekend, but below are some of the standouts!
Three of our Senior Squad boys notched new top-10 performer times: Jacob Ballard is now tied for 5th all time in the 100 fly (with a new Junior National cut that he’ll be able to swim in December at that meet), and is 6th in the 200 breast and 400 IM. Adam England made his debut on the team list at 7th the 1000 free, and Ethan Downing moved up to 8th in that race. Great job gentlemen!
Several swimmers made their competitive debut last weekend. Mason Curry swam 5 events, and even placed in the top 10 in the 50 breaststroke! Hayden Kane competed in a pair of races, highlighted by a beautifully swum 50 backstroke. Luke Neary made the most of his single event, with a blistering 1:32 in his first ever 100 freestyle. Taylor Young also took the plunge in the 100 free, notching an impressive time of 1:42 in her first outing! Ava Jorgens stepped enthusiastically into the pool for the 100 freestyle, and did a great job focusing on her stroke work during the race. Congrats to all 5 of you on your first meet-we hope the first of many!
Several swimmers had incredible meets that featured a bunch of personal best times. Quinn Taylor headlines our highlights; she was an incredible 11 for 11 on best times, often with double digit drops. This young lady is a terrific competitor and doesn’t have a weak stroke in the bunch, and placed extremely highly in the tough 11-12 age group! Chloe Bourland also had an insanely great meet, with all 11 best times and her first ever 400 IM; she dropped 17 seconds in both her 500 free and 200 breaststroke! Demi Blaylock was 10 for 10 on best times, and achieved her goal of making the Washington Open qualifying time in the 100 fly with a 6 second drop. Ethan Linford tore apart his previous marks as he went 10 for 10 on best times, with 12 seconds off his best 100 free and 18 off his best 200! Steven Griffith continues to rapidly improve, notching bests in all 8 of his races and had some big milestones including breaking 1:00 in the 100 free for the first time! Paul Janke swam to 10 best times over the course of a full weekend of events, and had a superb race with Steven Griffith as they battled hard for the whole race in the 1000 free. Noah Curtis topped his previous best in 6 races and swam his first 200 freestyle; Noah’s 10 second improvement in the 100 free was the kicker on a very good weekend. Logan Harris also continues his steady improvement, especially in his kicking ability, by dropping time in all 6 of his swims. Isaiah Hudlet was 7 for 7 on best times-due to a starting error, Isaiah had to re-swim his 100 breast, but bounced back to drop an impressive 3 seconds in his very last event. Dakota Keyworth dropped time in 9 swims, the most impressive being her 7 second drop and 5th place finish in the 200 IM. Jace Voeller was 9 for 10 on best times, and had a pair of 6th place finishes in the 100 fly and 200 IM where he dropped 8 and 10 seconds respectively! Macey Yancey’s second meet showed just how far she’s come in a month; she dropped in 5 races, and completed 3 new ones, including her first legal breaststroke race! Jacob Sachtjen continues to better his underwater work, resulting in 9 of 10 best times across the weekend. Eli Shaw notched 8 of 9 best times, and placed 4th in the 50 fly. Dallin Stephens also went 8 for 9 on bests, and swam his first ever 500 free in just over 8 minutes! Jarron Kremmin was all best times in his 5 races, and the race he’s been looking forward to for weeks was a total success as he shaved nearly 30 seconds off his 400 IM. Andrei Olaru swam best times in all 6 of his races, including his first ever 200 backstroke and breaststrokes. Brenner Rasmussen similarly went 5 for 5 on best times including 14 seconds off his best 100 breast. Elijah Minix and Micah Minix both stepped into new events, as they swam 4 brand new races each to expand their swimming resume.
I can’t name (or even remember offhand) all the great performances we had, but the above is just a sample of all the great races we saw. Even on Sunday, at the end of a long 3 days of competition and with many of our older swimmers just coming off high school state, our kids got up and raced hard time and time again with great attitudes. As we transition into December and more intense training for our older squads, we anticipate even faster results when we emerge for our championship meets in 2020!