Fall Challenge Meet

David Dolphay

    CAST brought nearly 50 swimmers to the SWAT Fall Challenge last weekend for the first full meet of the short course season. It was wildly successful weekend of swimming, with plenty of team spirit, huge time drops, and great racing!

    7 CAST swimmers made their competitive debuts: Caroline Anderson, Ezra Bretveld, Kyra Ellsworth, Daniel Garcia, Raya Moore, Kinley Ochoa, and Kelly Thompson. The first meet is full of nerves and excitement, but all of our rookies showed up with smiles and raced hard! We saw a lot of the skill work that these kids put in at practice show up in their races, which is exactly what we hope to see. It’s always a treat to see the next generation of CAST competitors at their first meet, and this was a great group to coach. We hope this was the first of many meets for all of you!

    16 of our swimmers achieved 100% best times: Leo Augustine, 4 best times with a terrific first ever 100 IM; Owen Augustine, 5 best times  including 4 first place finishes and a 26 second drop in the 100 IM; Cassie Chaffin, 5 bests with her highlight swim a top-6 finish in the 50 fly; Dawson Cushman, who had 8 huge time drops including 10 seconds in his 100 fly to get down to a 1:04 and grab second place; Andrew Davis, 8 best times featuring a 16 second drop and first place finish in the 500 freestyle; Adeline Downing, 5 best times and a pair of first place finishes in the 50 free and 100 IM; Dylan Gardner, 5 best times with a superb 4 second drop in the 50 free and a first place finish; Peyton Goodwin, 7 best times culminating in a 30 second drop in her 200 IM; Anders Misner, 4 best times highlighted by his 16 second drop in the 50 breast; Olivia Pitsch, 6 best times, including first ever swims in the 100 back, 200 back and 200 IM; Allison Radka, 6 PR’s including a blazing 7 second drop from just one month ago in the 50 fly; Jake Sachtjen, 8 best times, which is especially impressive for our oldest swimmer at the meet and competing in his primary events like the 400 IM and 500 free; Brielle Schmidt, 6 bests amidst a triumphant return to competition; Tillie Sobek, 8 best times and 3 wins including a whopping 9 second drop in the 500 free; Eleanor Strow, 4 bests punctuated by a 20 second drop in the 50 fly to finish her meet; and Jace Voeller, our ironman of the meet with an astonishing 10 best times including a brilliant first ever 200 fly! 

    A couple of the many other swimmers highlights include Emmersyn Haley, 7 best times and a terrifically swum 8 second drop in her 100 backstroke; John Misner and his 7 best times including a second place finish in his first ever official 500 free; Michaela Richard’s 7 PR’s and domination of the 8 and under girls with 8 wins; Keegan Rosenberger’s 4 bests including a beautifully swum 50 back;  Eli Shaw’s 6 bests and massive drops and blue ribbon sweep in the 100 and 200 fly, breaking the coveted 1:00 in the 100; Bostyn Shoemaker’s clean sweep of the 11-12 girls with 9 wins and 6 bests; and Liv Tyslau’s 7 PRs and victories in the 50 fly and 100 free. Maggie Sobek (100 fly) and Dallin Stephens (200 free) rounded out our many event winners for the weekend!

    Almost every single one of our kids had a terrific meet, and nearly all our swimmers dropped significant time in the majority of their events. While this is to be expected to some extent for swimmers competing in the first meet of the season, the kids blew away their times with abandon, in many cases from just a few weeks ago in Moses Lake. The couple of kids who didn’t achieve a lot of best times nonetheless raced hard all weekend and all showed improved skills which will serve them well at future meets; swimmers and parents should keep in mind that no one drops time every time, and as long as the kids are learning, growing, and having some fun with each swim that swim is a success!