Two athletes from Anacortes, members of the Thunderbird Aquatic Club Masters group and Puget Sound Masters, competed last weekend in the 2018 Nationwide U.S. Masters Swimming Spring National in Indianapolis, Indiana. Katie Kaestner and Matt Castle competed there this past weekend with Kaestner placing first, second or third in five events.
Katie Kaestner, 24, competed in the Women's Finals 50 Yard Breaststroke with a time of 29.51 placing 2nd; Mixed 200 Yard Free Relay 1:42; Mixed 200 Medley Relay 1:51; 200 Yard Breaststroke 2:23.61 placing 2nd; 100 Individual Medley (IM) 58.90 placing 3rd; 200 Yard Medley Relay 1:59.12; 100 Yard Breaststroke 1:04.14 placing 1st; 200 Yard Free Relay; 200 IM 2:11.12 Placing 3rd.
Matt Castle, 46, competed in the Men's Finals 100 Yard Backstroke with a time of 1:10.36 placing 23rd; 50 Yard Breaststroke 32.04 Placing 19th; Mixed 200 Yard Medley Relay 1:59.59; 50 Yard Backstroke 30.26 placing 17th; 200 Yard Free Relay 1:42.99; 50 Yard Free 25.52 placing 34th.
In 2016, Castle returned to swimming after receiving a heart transplant in January 2010. The 46-year-old had been diagnosed with congestive heart failure and an enlarged heart five years earlier, at the age of 33, something he says he met with disbelief.
The results were shared by Calvin Milbach, TACM Coach, who said, "Katie Kaestner and Matt Castle and their teammates have trained and swam at various meets with the Thunderbird Aquatic Club workout group at Fidalgo Pool and Fitness Center this year starting with the Thunderbird Aquatic Club Masters Invite this past February. "
"Katie Kaestner started coaching the Thunderbird Aquatic Club Age Group swimmers (TAC Kids) this spring before she goes off on a new adventure to DeSales University in Pennsylvania to work on her masters degree to become a Physician Assistant.
"Katie and Matt have truly been an inspiration to the local TACM workout group, to their friends & family, and me," Milbach added.