BCST has a Great CAT Meet
The quote I’ve been using with the swimmers lately comes from the brilliant Roman military tactician Flavius Vegetius Renatus, “Let him who desires peace prepare for war". You can use this in many contexts, but the gist of what he is saying can be simply applied to the goals that the swimmers set and the ramifications and challenges that come with their pursuit of achieving them.
This past weekend we got a small dose of these challenges as over 70 BCST swimmers traveled to Corvallis for our annual team travel meet. The goals the coaching staff had in mind were ones of successful swims, a fun experience, and a build up of team camaraderie. Check, check, and check. Unfortunately, as the quote implies, these achievements came with a price. 
Along our travels we experience one sprained ankle, multiple disciplinary actions on two swimmers who would not sit down on the bus, a near rumble with a group of belligerent youth football parents (we would have won, mind you), swimmer’s self inflicted sleep deprivation, extra high personal junk food intake, and the movie “The Devil Wears Prada". In my opinion, it was these experiences that help to temper us and bring the team together for our most successful meet in the Corvallis Travel meet history.
We swam124 best times, with these swimmers getting all best times – Shannon An, Grace Boos, Michael Bower, Will Bush, Mia Chasan, Sam Chong, Danielle Deiparine, Michelle Francois, Cody Hall, Amy LeBar, Casey Lee, Trey Leigh, Peter Litzow, Kate Maher, Jacqueline Merle, Steven Ponnoosamy, Austin Ralph, Daniel Sandler, Alex Seidel, Michael Shum, Michael Stanchi, Lindsay White, Cole Wydrowski, and Kevin Zhong. Also, special congratulations to Ed Kim (12) who broke the team’s 100 yd Free record with a time of 52.93.
We wanted to recognize and thank the parents who helped to make another wonderful experience for the swimmers. Chaperones Scott Bower, Tracy Bury, Marianne Kersten, Desiree Leigh, John Merle, Betina Ponnoosamy, Tami Rivers, Oksana Sandler, and Peggy Schiller. Also, bag retriever Jason Hepp and Sandwich deliverer Diane Toefield. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Great meet, let’s do it again next year.