Outstanding Weekend With Forty-Three Lifetime Bests at FAST Senior Meet

FAST swimmers turned in 43 lifetime bests at last weekend's Senior Meet. Lindsey Clary and Jerad Kaskawal set the tone on Friday swimming in the first heat of the Women's 800 Free and Men's 1500 Free. Lindsey's lifetime best 9:00.05 qualifies her for this summer's Junior Nationals as well as the 10K Open Water Nationals in May. Jerad's lifetime best 16:32.28 qualifies him for the 5K Open Water Nationals. Other lifetime bests in the distance races on Friday were Gwendolyn Walter (9:17.75), Mandy Schatz (9:36.77), Simon Lamar (16:41.77), Evan Munaretto (16:41.82), Sidney Kao (17:32.76), and Andres Frausto (18:04.85). All of these swims were fantastic time drops and several moved into the National rankings for the year. Simon swam the fastest 1500 for 13-year old boys so far this year, while Evan's ranks third among 14-year old boys.

Fifteen more lifetime bests were achieved in Saturday's races. Sean Kao swam 25.41 in the 50 Freestyle and 1:58.77 in the 200 Freestyle. Lindsey swam 2:27.58 in the prelims of the 200 Butterfly and took off 4 more seconds in the evening for a final time of 2:23.41 which was a new Sectional qualifying time. Simon also swam a best time in the 200 Butterfly in the morning (2:25.44) and evening (2:22.99). Elise Garcia, Kayleen Bretz, and Mandy all swam lifetime bests in the 200 Freestyle. Kayleen turned in a time of 2:21.61 in prelims. Elise and Mandy both swam prelims and finals in the event with best times of 2:16.43 and 2:13.89, respectively. Five girls swam lifetime bests in the 400 Freestyle: Kayleen (4:49.35), Courtney Tseng (4:46.80), Lindsey (4:24.58), Elise (4:43.44), and Mandy (4:39.29). Lindsey, Elise, and Mandy each earned second swims with Lindsey and Mandy improving their times in Finals. Lindsey won the A final and Mandy won the C final. The Men's 800 Freestyle was the last event of the day and a strong one for FAST. Evan and Simon both swam lifetime bests of 8:41.26 and 8:48.67, respectively. Evan's time ranks first in the country for 14-year old boys and Simon's ranks 1st in the country for 13-year old boys. Simon's time is also a new Sectional qualifying time.
FAST swimmers had twenty-one more lifetime bests on the final day of the meet. Courtney dropped one second in the 100 Butterfly (1:13.48) and earned a Finals swim. She chopped off 2 more seconds in the evening with her time of 1:11.61. Isabella Kearns also swam a best time in the evening with a time of 1:08.66 which earned 10th place overall. Cathryn Salladin had a great day of 200 Breaststrokes with a lifetime best in the morning and another 1.5 second improvement in the B final. Her time of 2:57.59 ranks 17th in the country among 13-year old girls. Mandy, Courtney, and Elise all swam lifetime bests in the 100 Freestyle. Mandy and Elise both competed in Finals finishing in 16th (1:04.00) and 3rd (1:01.47), respectively. Lindsey continued her strong meet with a lifetime best 4:56.60 in the 400 IM for a first place finish and a new Junior National qualifying time. Her split for the 100 Butterfly was also a lifetime best (1:07.47). Her 400 IM currently ranks second in the country among 17-year old girls. Roseryn Empremsilapa also swam a lifetime best and made it back to finals. She chopped off three more seconds in the evening for a final time of 5:45.28 and a 16th place finish. In the shorter IM event, Jerad and Andres both swam lifetime bests. Andres went 2:27.19 and Jerad earned a second swim with his time of 2:23.23. Jerad dropped three more seconds in the evening with a time of 2:20.52. Lindsey and Allie Miller both swam best times in the 200 Backstroke. Lindsey dropped over 7 seconds with her time of 2:21.83 and her fourth event win of the weekend. Allie swam a lifetime best 2:40.87 in the prelims. Sean had his third best time of the weekend turning in a 4:17.16 in the 400 Freestyle, a new Sectional qualifying time. Simon, Evan, Jerad, and Sidney also had lifetime bests in the 400 Freestyle. Simon's time of 4:19.01 currently ranks first in the country for 13-year old boys. Evan's swim (4:12.35) ranks third nationally among 14-year old boys. Jerad won the B final with a time of 4:10.64 which ranks 15th in the country for 17-year old boys. Sidney dropped four seconds for a lifetime best 4:28.74. The Women's 1500 Freestyle was a great event for FAST. Hana Claesson, Kayleen, Mandy, and Gwen all swam lifetime bests. Hana and Kayleen swam earlier in the day and finished in 14th (19:12.14) and 10th (18:31.98) overall. Mandy and Gwen swam in the A final and took 4th and 2nd overall. Mandy's time of 17:56.53 was a 24 second drop and a new Sectional qualifying time. Her split at the 800 (9:29.15) was a lifetime best by over 6 seconds and a new Sectional qualifying time. Gwen dropped 10 seconds for a final time of 17:46.63.
Complete results can be viewed here. National rankings can be viewed here. Great meet, FAST! Keep up the hard work!