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Great Weekend at Speedo Grand Challenge! Kaskawal Qualifies for Olympic Trials!
Thirteen FAST swimmers raced at last weekend's Speedo Grand Challenge in Irvine. They achieved 16 lifetime bests, 12 swims in the top 20, 1 Olympic Trials qualifying time, and 1 team record! Team highlights are below. Complete results from the meet can be viewed here.
 
Makena Ditsworth set a new team record in the 200-meter Butterfly. Her time of 2:22.65 was an improvement of 2.65 seconds and earned 16th place overall. The previous team record of 2:24.52 was set by Bethany Dong in July 2005. Congratulations, Makena! She also cut 9.17 seconds in the 800 Freestyle for 18th place with her time of 9:23.42.
 
Cathryn Salladin also had a great 800 Freestyle cutting 4.19 seconds on Friday with her time of 9:07.74. This qualified her for Sunday's Final in the event in which she finished 6th overall. Cathryn also raced in the B Consolation Final of the 400 Freestyle dropping time in both Prelims (4:28.44) and Finals (4:26.74). She earned 15th place overall. Her third Finals race was in the 400 IM. Cathryn raced to 11th place overall and posted a lifetime best 5:05.56.
 
Andres Frausto, Simon Lamar, and Courtney Tseng also dropped in the 400 IM. They posted lifetime bests of 4:58.56, 4:50.31, and 5:08.53, respectively.
 
Lilli Mazzi raced in the 7-12 division of the 100 Free, 100 Back, and 100 Fly. She posted lifetime bests in all three events and earned second swims in the 100 Back and 100 Fly finishing 6th (1:14.42) and 4th (1:09.16), respectively.
 
Jerad Kaskawal improved in all three of his races throughout the weekend beginning with a 0.77-second drop in the 200 Free (1:57.90) and a second place finish in the Prelims of the 1500 Free (16:01.85). The next day Jerad cut 1.82 seconds in the 400 Free (4:00.79). He raced in an exciting Final heat of the 1500 Free on the Sunday night, head-to-head with another swimmer until the final 100 meters. He touched in second place with a lifetime best 15:40.10. His time qualifies him for next summer's Olympic Trials. Congratulations, Jerad!