March 3, 2011
First, the good news.........
The recent Senior Classic in February included almost 500 swimmers from 30 different teams. Many from outside of San Diego. While we were the 9th largest team in terms of both size and number of swims, we outswam the competition to move ahead of all but two of those teams, and finish in 3rd place.
And more good news……
Last weekend the San Diego-Imperial Short Course Junior Olympics (for 14&U’s) was held in Poway. While this meet too is a meet that highly determined by the number of swimmers and relays a team has in the meet, we passed up two of the teams that are over twice our size as far as numbers of swimmers on their team. Both South Bay and Heartland are much larger teams than CAST and had more swimmers and relays entered in the meet, yet we were able to outperform them and move into a 4th place finish (behind PS, NCA and RSD). There were many team records and best times which I hope to report on by this weekend.
And more good news:
We have qualified as a USA swimming Silver Medal Team for the second year in a row. This is huge! USA swimming bases has awardings to teams based on their ability to produce high level national athletes. To qualify the team must have swimmers faster than the Long Course Junior National time standard, as far as silver medal status goes, the time stds are close to olympic trial time stds. There are 16 teams given a "gold medal team" designation, the next 84 teams receive a "silver medal team" designation, while the next 100 teams receive a bronze medal designation. We are the only team in San Diego with a silver medal designation, with only North Coast (4 times our size) that has a higher designation.
And even more good news:
Many of our collegiate swimmers have recently finished up their conference championships with one still in progress ….Men’s PAC 10…..I am not going to go through all of the college swims, but I do want to mention that Rachel Heim swimming for Ohio University has made it to the big dance…the NCAA championship meet. Rachel raced to a 52.51 in her 100 fly qualifying her 15th for the NCAA meet in two weeks. Congrats Rach.
….and the bad news….sorry to disappoint you, there is none.