Cougar Classic

David Dolphay

Going into the weekend, we were full of hope and a desire to focus on race strategies and techniques that would prepare our swimmers for the upcoming championship meets.  It was a different type of meet format, with 3 sessions and only 2-3 events for each swimmer per session.  This made for a fast and furious 24 hours of racing. With hard practices leading up to the meet, the coaches were focused more on racing techniques, not necessarily time drops. However, our CAST swimmers showed their true grit and we had many good swims. I would like to highlight a few of those standout performers. First, Everly Desancic started the meet with her Age Group Regional cut in the 50 Free, which she had been chasing down nearly all season long. She will now get to experience the next level in Federal Way, WA in a few weeks. Owen Bennett went 7 for 9 with best times, and made each relay he was on a nailbiter to the very end. Eli Shaw battled injury for a couple of months but proved he is back to full force with 6 of 8 best times. Nina Emry made a huge milestone by breaking 1:00 in the 100 FR for the first time with a time of 59.61. Chance Seeds had some incredible swims, going 6 for 6 in best times, including a 9 second drop in his 200 IM. Lastly, Delany Snell was an incredible teammate on Saturday. She was flexible and filled in for relays, was at the side of the pool for every one of the 500 Free heats to cheer and make sure everyone had a counter, and her positive attitude was infectious on a late Saturday Night, wIth some of our 11 year olds were still racing close to 9pm at night and needed the support.  That kind of camaraderie and leadership makes our coaches very proud! Way to go to all the CAST swimmers!!!! After watching these amazing performances this weekend, I know the championship meets that are all right around the corner will be very exciting!

~Coach Jade and Coach Shelly Sobek