January 14, 2020
32 CAST swimmers braved the weather to compete in the Winter Invitational at Whitworth last weekend. The meet featured a unique format designed to give 11-14 year old swimmers prelim/finals experience as we head into champs season, while the 10 and under and 15 & over swimmers had a timed finals session in the middle of the day. Our kids raced well all the long weekend, with special shoutout to all our finals swimmers-every finals swimmer dropped time in at least one race in the evening from their morning swim, demonstrating the ability to learn and improve their swims on the fly!
We had 4 swimmers go all best times in all of their events: Wayne Cardwell (won 4 events and nearly broke 1:00 in the 100 back), Charli Hermsmeyer (placed 4th in the 100 back with a blazing 1:31), Isabelle James (17 second drop in the 100 fly), and Brielle Schmidt (phenomenal 200 IM, winning the 10 and under event at just 8 years old) were all perfect in the quest for best times.
Many others were very close to 100% best times, including Chloe Bourland (garnered 6 new BB times that she can swim at Junior Olympics), Bailey Copstead (had a spectacular 6 second drop and kicked like a motorboat in her 50 free), Noah Curtis (9 second drop due to his much improved stroke technique in the 100 breast), Sam Curtis (had an 8 second drop in his 100 breast, placing 7th), Andrew Davis (finished second in three events and challenged the eventual winner in each one), Erin Griffith (dropped nearly 2 seconds in the 100 back and is closing in on an age group sectional time), Steven Griffith (won 4 events and continues to step up to every competition available in the 13-14 boys group), Paige Jameson (double dipped in the 100 free, dropping one second in the morning and another 2 in finals), Hayden Kane (incredible racing effort in both her 50s and showed great focus on her stroke work in the 50 fly), Jasmine Mielke (had a double dip in prelims and finals in her 100 breast, placing second), Dallin Stephens (dropped 23 in his 200 free and 9 in his 100 fly), and Quinn Taylor (dropped over a minute in her 500 free and placed second in the 11-14 year old 200 breast while still 11 years old) were all just one off from making best times in every event.
Several C squadders also stood out, including Chance Seed’s huge drops in his finals events and Bostyn Shoemaker’s 1:44 100 breast and first place finish for the 10 and under girls.
We have the busiest part of the year in terms of available meets coming up in February and March; make sure you know which competitions your swimmer can sign up for!