July 29, 2008
The Kishwaukee YMCA / DeKalb County Swim Team (DCST) started out the 2008 YMCA National Championships in College Park, Maryland with a big splash. On the first day of competition, DCST had 10 lifetime best performances in the preliminary session out of 14 swims. Three of these swims finished in the top 16 during prelims, and qualified for the final session. In the final session, all three DCST swimmers lowered their previous best times as they all placed higher in the final standings.
Grant Alef was DCST highest placing finisher on the first day. He dropped 2.54 seconds in his 100 meter Backstroke in prelims to finish 7th. In finals, he dropped another 0.67 seconds to finish 6th. Emily Launer placed 15th in the Women’s 400 Freestyle in prelims after dropping 3.12 seconds. With her additional 2.34 second time drop in finals, she moved up into 12th place. David Gordon also finished 12th in Men’s 400 meter Freestyle. He lowered his previous best time by 3.70 seconds in prelims to finish tied for 14th prior to his additional 0.94 second time drop in finals. Grant, Emily and David earned National All-American honors for the performances. This was the third time Emily and David had been named National All-Americans in their careers and the second time for Grant.
DCST set new 5 team records on Tuesday including all three of DCST’s swims in finals. The two additional new team records were set by Grace Waller in the 200 meter Individual Medley, and Grant Alef’s 50 meter backstroke lead off split in the relay.
In the relay events, DCST also had some huge time drops. In the Men’s 200 Medley Relay, the team of Alef, Michael Gordon, Zach Jones and Cory Page dropped 5.67 seconds to finish 19th. DCST’s Women’s 200 Medley Relay team of Emily Waller, Grace Waller, Katie Hallenbeck and Launer finished 24th after dropping 3.66 seconds.
In the team scoring after the first day, DCST’s Men rank 16th, their Women rank 30th, and in the Combined Team Scoring they rank 17th. The National Competition continues for another three days.
Complete DCST Results from the first day of competition (Tuesday, July 29th)
Women’s 100 meter Backstroke
Emily Waller- 1:09.83 (31st)
Men’s 1000 meter Backstroke
Prelims – 1:00.91 (7th) NEW DCST TEAM RECORD
Finals – 1:00.24 (6th) NATIONAL ALL-AMERICAN, NEW DCST TEAM RECORD
Chad Thompson – 1:05.91 (66th)
Women’s 400 meter Freestyle
Prelims – 4:36.39 (15th) NEW DCST TEAM RECORD
Finals – 4:34.05 (12th) NATIONAL ALL-AMERICAN, NEW DCST TEAM RECORD
Valerie Jones – 4:42.05 (34th)
Kate Taylor – 4:42.10 (35th)
Men’s 400 meter Freestyle
Prelims – 4:16.91 (Tied 14th) NEW DCST TEAM RECORD
Finals – 4:15.97 (12th) NATIONAL ALL-AMERICAN, NEW DCST TEAM RECORD
Women’s 200 meter Individual Medley
Grace Waller – 2:28.62 (19th) NEW DCST TEAM RECORD
Men’s 200 meter Individual Medley
Michael Gordon – 2:20.99 (50th)
Chad Thompson – 2:25.12 (83rd)
Zach Jones – 2:25.15 (84th)
Men’s 50 meter Freestyle
Cory Page – 26.63 (114th)
Women’s 200 meter Medley Relay
Emily Waller, Grace Waller, Katie Hallenbeck, Emily Launer – 2:07.44 (24th)
Men’s 200 meter Medley Relay
Grant Alef, Michael Gordon, Zach Jones, Cory Page – 1:54.50 (19th) – Grant’s 50 Backstroke lead off time was a NEW DCST TEAM RECORD