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PRESS RELEASE: CENTRAL IOWA AQUATICS SWIMMERS COMPETE AT PHILLIPS 66 NATIONALS
PRESS RELEASE: CENTRAL IOWA AQUATICS SWIMMERS COMPETE AT PHILLIPS 66 NATIONALS
IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, July 14, 2017
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Central Iowa Aquatics swimmers Gillian Davey and Justin Winnett competed at their first National Championships.
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Des Moines, IA – Central Iowa Aquatics swimmers, Gillian Davey and Justin Winnett, competed at the Phillips 66 Nationals Championships, in Indianapolis, Indiana and both came away with an incredible experience of competing against the most talented swimmers in the United States.
 
CIA head coach Kyle Hastings said, "I could not be prouder of the way Gillian and Justin represented CIA."
 
Davey, age 15 of Urbandale, said, "Nationals was a huge learning experience and it was fun competing at a meet which big swimming names were a part of."  She finished in 20th place in the 200 Meter Breaststroke and her time of 2:31.26 placed her 10th in the event for 18 & Under swimmers.
 
Hastings said, "It has been fun to watch Gillian grow this past year.  Finishing in the Top 10 in the country for 18 & Under as a 15 year old is because of her dedication to hard work and her team! She is a true symbol of what we want at CIA."
 
Davey also competed in the 100 Breaststroke and 400 Individual Medley events where she finished 42nd and 74th, respectively, during the prelims session and she said, "I was proud to represent CIA at a national level."
 
Winnett, age 21 of Woodward, had a time of 28.53 seconds in the 50 Breaststroke placing him 17th and he finished 35th in the 100 Breaststroke during the prelims.  He said, "My participation in the Phillips 66 Championship Swim Meet was one of the brightest highlights of my long course swimming career!  Having the ability to compete against USA's most talented swimmers is something that I will not soon forget."
 
Hastings complimented Winnett by saying, "Justin has always been an athletic stand out but this season, he has started to embrace more of a leadership role.  It has been great to watch."
 
The Phillips 66 Nationals meet was held June 27 - July 1, and served as the qualifier for the U.S. team in the pool competition at the 2017 FINA World Championships, which run from July 23 - 30 in Budapest, Hungary. Outside of the Olympic Games, the FINA World championships are the sport’s largest international competition.  Davey was also in contention for a spot on the Junior National Team.
 
Hastings didn't make the trip to the Nationals meet but Davey's mom, Kate (a CIA coach) did.  "Coach Kate did an incredible job getting the athletes ready to swim fast at the meet and compete with some of the best in the world," said Hastings.  He went on to say, "Without a team of coaches, athletes, and families at CIA...none of this would be possible."
 
 
Winnett also had compliments to give, "Being able to earn this prestigious accolade with the help of the coaching staff, team members, and my family is something not only I should be proud of.  All of CIA should recognize this as a group accomplishment because of all the hard work that each member of this team puts in to push each other to be better.  I hope to continue to represent CIA in the future as we all train and become better athletes representing central Iowa swimming."