Osprey Score Top 10 at Clovis Arena Grand Challenge



 Osprey Score Top 10 Finish at Clovis Arena Grand Challenge 


The senior group traveled to Clovis July 11-14 for the Grand Challenge Sr. Trials and Finals meet. This meet was a tune up for SVSL’s, Far Westerns and Junior Nationals, and the Osprey swam well finishing 8th overall amongst 22 teams. 


All seven of the Osprey at the meet finaled one or more times. The versatile and tough Rachel Owen led the way, swimming in 5 finals and 3 relays for 14 swims overall. She swam a lifetime best 1:08.30 en route to finishing 10th overall in the 100 fly and looks poised to have an excellent peak performance at SVSL’s and FW’s. 


There were many high lights, and perhaps none brighter than the breakthrough performance of 14 year old Taylor Cadile in the leadoff leg of the Women’s 800 free relay. Swimming the 200 free in prelims, Taylor dropped 3 seconds from her previous best time to go a 2:20.81. Then in finals, she lead off the relay in a sizzling 2:16.55 to get her very first Far Western qualifying time! It was an electrifying 4.26 second drop from the best time swum that morning, and a 7 second drop on the day. After dinner at the team meeting, Coach Brian said it was “a tremendous swim, a great example of toughness and conviction, of swimming up to one’s capabilities and potential. As such, it was one of the best swims for any Osprey all year.” Taylor vaulted herself into the 4th place in the Osprey top 5 for 13-14 girls 200 meter free. 


Lauren Wong was uber tough, swimming twelve times in 3 days and improving each night from her morning swims. Saturday she swam the 400 IM twice and the 100 back three times, (prelims and finals and then leading off the 400 Medley Relay). It was there, in her 5th swim of a difficult and grueling program, that Lauren lead off the 400 Medley Relay in a lifetime best of 1:11.02, helping the Osprey to a 4th place finish. Lauren swam over 8,000 meters for the day including warm ups and warm downs. 


Linnea Mack scored well for the team as she won the 100 back in her best unrested time of 1:05.14, splitting 31.96 and 33.18, showing good split distribution (1.22 seconds) and toughness. She was also 2nd in the 50 and 100 free, with the 100 time of 58.15 being a best unshaved time this year. Considering the heavy work Linnea put in during the week (she was 51,000 combined yards and meters), it was another sign of her continued development and fitness as she gets ready for Juniors Nationals. 


Owen “Bross” McCormick finaled in both backstrokes. He showed outstanding grit while placing 7th in the 200 back with a time of 2:23.4. Owen had his first double of 10,000 yards earlier in the week and still was able to race with the sort of heart and conviction that has made him one of the team’s very best swimmers. 


Sam Esbenshade finished 2nd in the bonus consoles in the 200 breastroke with lifetime best of 2:45.93, dropping a whopping 11.8 seconds on the day. Sam took a big step forward in his competitive development throughout the meet. He was consistently tough, coachable and accountable and it paid off in his 200 breast. He will be competing in Far Westerns. 


Evelyn Skinner embodied perseverance, overcoming a slow start to her meet by dropping 5.8 seconds as she stroked her way to a 1:03.94 100 fr and made her first long course final at a Sr. meet, placing 22nd overall by finishing 6th in the bonus heat. 


Our thanks go out to Alecia Owen and Sue Cadile for driving and helping out at the meet.