Adam England Fall Splash

David Dolphay

    Before getting into the recap of last weekend’s meet, families who want to order CAST Crocs apparel can do so now! The E-Store will close December 4th to ensure all the orders arrive in time for Christmas. Click the link here to check out what’s available and order your gear. Also, we only have about 30 Christmas Cruise tickets left. So if you want to join us next Tuesday evening 5:30-8 PM on the resort boat, purchase your $12 ticket soon-they're available on deck during practice! 


    We had a successful, fun, and fast home swim meet over the weekend! The Adam England Memorial Fall Splash was jam-packed, with over 300 athletes in attendance over the course of the 3 days. A huge thanks to all the volunteers who stepped up to make the meet a success-several of our parents put in dozens of hours of work to make the weekend run smoothly!

    We had 10 swimmers make their competitive debuts; props to the following athletes who dove in and gave their all! Jeremiah Batchelder, Norah Bennett, Serena Grace, Sophia Grace, Izzy Hunt, Gavin Johnson, Gwen Peterson, Everlee Racanelli, Silas Ragan, and Cassidy Smith all had their first of (hopefully!) many competitions. Great job to every one of you on your first foray into swim meets-we are proud of your efforts!

    With over 90 Crocs competing, I won’t be able to cover anything close to all of the fantastic swims that we had. But below is a sampling of some of our kids’ excellent performances!

    The 1000 freestyle top ten lists took a beating, with Pema Anain and Tillie Sobek turning in the 6th and 10th fastest swims in team history respectively, while Jake Sachtjen and Rachel Nicholls earned the 8th and 10th spots on their top performer lists. In terms of individual improvement, Owen Bennett led the pack with an astonishing 12 out of 12 best times, including all the toughest hits-the 200 fly, 400 IM, 500 free, and 1000 free! Several others swimmers raced more than 5 times and still managed personal bests in every one-Jace Voeller (10 for 10 best times), Brielle Schmidt (9 for 9), Eleanor Strow (9 for 9), Payton Goodwin (8 for 8), Macey Yancey (8 for 8), Kaylynn Misner (7 for 7), Ellie Ruth (7 for 7), Chance Seeds (7 for 7), Kamryn Braga (6 for 6), Hank Crow  (6 for 6), and Adele Strow (6 for 6). Terrific job to our 100%ers! 

    There were far too many great individual swims to name each one, but a few standouts include Nina Emrys entire meet, but in particular the growth in her endurance that propelled her to a 6:15 in her first ever 500 freestyle; Elijah Brown’s versatility from the 50 to the 500 free and all 4 stroke disciplines, headlined by a stunning 27 second drop and 3rd place finish in the 400 IM; Emmersyn Haley’s consistent butterfly stroke improvement, which paid off with a 2 second drop in the 100 fly and a 9 second drop in the 200 IM; Everly Desancic’s racing acumen in both the 200 breast and 500 free, dropping 13 seconds and 17 seconds; Tim Vlasov’s first ever 200 fly that he absolutely dunked on; Bostyn Shoemaker’s domination of the 11-12 girls’ 200 breast to lead off the meet, a sign of how the rest of the weekend would go for her; and John Misner’s terrific 23 second drop in the 200 IM to get under the 3:00 mark!

    We had dozens of other tremendous swims, too many to recount here! We also had a lot of kids out sick or swimming through illness, and many of our high school swimmers were coming off of taper and their high school State Meet just two weeks before. Many of the kids who weren’t able to show off a bunch of best times put forth exceptional effort with great attitudes, even when conditions weren’t the best for them to earn PR's. But they showed toughness and still put smiles on before racing hard, so thanks to all our swimmers who made it a fun weekend to coach!