Reindeer Splash

    Great job to the 32 CAST swimmers who competed in the Reindeer Splash in Clarkston last weekend! Our kids were at the front of their heats in almost every race, and had to overcome the challenge of not having a warm down pool available for Sunday’s events which is very difficult as the races start to add up. But they made do as best they could and raced hard all the way to the end, knocking out best times along the way. Below are a few of the highlights from the last team competition of 2019!


    Three swimmers earned high point honors for their age groups: Maggie Sobek won 7 of her races, and set new team records in the 25 yard freestyle and the 200 IM for the 8 and under girls! She’s not done yet either, and has her sights set on a few more records before she ages up. Camryn Schmidt won 4 races and was top 3 in everything she swam to claim high point for the 11-12 girls. Camryn had a huge breakthrough on Saturday, making her first qualifying time for the prestigious Age Group Championships in march in Seattle with a blistering 1:05 100 fly! Finally, Logan Robillard won 6 races to claim high point for the 15 and over boys; Logan swam a tough slate of events including the 400 IM, 200 fly, and 1000 free and is well positioned for an awesome championship season, as he was right on his best times all weekend!


    Four swimmers competed in their first ever USA Swimming meet: Carli Chaffin swam 3 events, and even finished top-6 to earn a ribbon in the 25 fly! Bailey Copstead swam the 50 free and 100 back, breaking under the minute mark in her 50 free. Chance Seeds also had 3 swims, with an impressive 1:04 in his 50 fly. Finally, Bostyn Shoemaker had an ambitions 7 event lineup for her first meet with CAST; she absolutely tore up the 50 breast in just 47 seconds!


    Several swimmers had a bevy of personal bests last weekend; Zach Linford was an insane 8 for 8 on best times, with 13 seconds off in his 200 IM. Ethan Linford tore it up as well, going 8 for 9 on PR’s with a 5 second drop in the 200 free. Mason Groth had 5 best times and finished 3rd in the 15 and over high point race. Ashley Linford dropped in 6 races and broke through the 2:00 barrier in the 100 IM, very impressive for one so young! Macey Yancey has embraced competitive swimming in a big way, swimming full slates of events at her last 3 meets and continues to get faster-she had 6 best times, and lowered her 50 breast from last meet by 15 seconds! Ben Linford had 5 best times in 6 races, dropping 5 seconds in his 200 IM. Maverick Royalty was 5 for 7, finishing 5th in the 200 fly while dropping 7 seconds. Tillie Sobek had 4 best times, and lowered her own team record from last December in the 1000 free by almost 90 seconds! Logan Harris and Isaiah Hudlet both finished 4 for 5 on best times with Logan showing off an ever improving kick and Isaiah steadily moving up the ranks of the very fast 15 and over boys division.


    Good luck this week to Jacob Ballard as he travels to Federal Way for the 2019 Junior Nationals in the 100 breast and 100 fly! Don’t forget to sign up for one of our two January meets: the Winter Invite in Spokane, and the Washington Open (for qualified swimmers) in Federal Way!