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DCST National Results – Day 5 DCST Women Finish with Highest Placing Ever

DCST National Results – Day 5

DCST Women Finish with Highest Placing Ever

            The DCST women finished in 14th place at the YMCA National Championships in Atlanta for their highest placed finish in team history.  On Friday, the relay team of Emily Launer, Valerie Jones, Sharron Isola and Katie Hallenbeck dropped 2.6 seconds to finish in 13th place.  All four swimmers earned National All-American honors.  In finals, Emily’s lead off split in the 100 meter Backstroke was a new team record.  Valerie also set a team record earlier in the day with her 0.9 second time drop in the 100 meter Breaststroke.  Her 18th place finish in this event earned her All-American status, and she finished the meet tied with Emily for the team lead in National All-American honors with six.

            On the men’s side, Grant Alef was DCST highest placing finisher on the day with his 6th place finish in the 50 meter Backstroke.  With this result, Grant earned National All-American honor for a DCST record 33 times in his career.  In the 200 meter Butterfly, DCST had a very productive day.  Kei Ishimaru improved by 5.3 seconds to take home a 12th place finish, National All-American status, and a new team record.  Furthermore, Daniel Hein (4.6 second time improvement) and Dylan Powers (0.8 second time improvement) both were under the old DCST team record for 13 – 14 year old swimmers.  For the meet, the DCST men finished in 21st place, while the team finished in 16th place in combined scoring.

            DCST’s other time drops not listed above on the day were:  Women’s 200 meter Freestyle Relay team of Emily Launer, Grace Waller, Sharron Isola and Valerie Jones (2.5 seconds), Men’s 200 meter Freestyle Relay team of Daniel Hein, Jack Fergus, Kei Ishimaru and Grant Alef (4.2seconds), Sharron Isola 200 meter Butterfly (2.7 seconds), Caitlynn Moon 200 meter Butterfly (0.8 seconds), Jack Fergus 50 meter Backstroke (2.5 seconds), Daniel Hein 50 meter Backstroke (1.3 seconds), and Ryan Schultz 100 meter Breaststroke (2.3 seconds).

Listed below are some team highlights for the week:

·         DCST had 52 career best times out of 65 swims for an 80% improvement rate.

·         DCST set 17 new team records.

·         DCST had 10 athletes achieve National All-American status in 19 events.

Listed below are some highlights for each swimmer:

·         Grant Alef was named National All-American 4 times, set 3 team records, and had 2 personal best times.

·         Jack Fergus was named National All-American 1 time and had 4 personal best times.

·         Sarah Fergus had 2 personal best times.

·         Tara Gidaszewski had 1 personal best time.

·         Katie Hallenbeck was named National All-American 1 time and 2 personal best times.

·         Daniel Hein set 5 team records and had 7 personal best times.

·         Kei Ishimaru was named National All-American 4 times, set 3 team records, and had 3 personal best times.

·         Sharron Isola was named National All-American 1 time and had 3 personal best times.

·         Valerie Jones was named National All-American 6 times, set 2 team records, and had 4 personal best times.

·         Emily Launer was a National Champion in 2 events, was named National All-American 6 times, set 3 team records, and had 4 personal best times.

·         Caitlynn Moon was named National All-American 3 times and had 4 personal best times.

·         Dylan Powers set 1 team record and had 4 personal best times.

·         Ryan Schultz was named National All-American 1 time and had 3 personal best times.

·         Grace Waller was named National All-American 1 time and had 3 personal best times.

 

Friday’s Results for DCST

            Women’s 200 meter Medley Relay

                        Emily Launer, Grace Waller, Sharron Isola, Valerie Jones – 1:55.33 (37th)

            Men’s 200 meter Medley Relay

                        Daniel Hein, Jack Fergus, Kei Ishimaru, Grant Alef – 1:43.23 (33rd)

            Women’s 200 meter Butterfly

                        Sharron Isola – 2:30.45 (40th)
                        Katie Hallenbeck – 2:30.70 (42nd)
                        Caitlynn Moon – 2:36.24 (65th)

            Men’s 200 meter Butterfly

                        Kei Ishimaru
                                    Prelims – 2:09.99 (12th) – New DCST Team Record
                                    Finals – 2:08.20 (12th) – National All-American, New DCST Team Record
                        Daniel Hein – 2:20.44 (64th) – New 13 – 14 year old Boys DCST Team Record
                        Dylan Powers – 2:22.95 (81st) – New 13 – 14 year old Boys DCST Team Record

            Women’s 50 meter Backstroke

                        Tara Gidaszewski – 33.64 (73rd)
                        Sarah Fergus – 33.98 (86th)

            Men’s 50 meter Backstroke

                        Grant Alef
                                    Prelims – 28.05 (5th)
                                    Finals – 28.00 (6th) – National All-American
                        Jack Fergus – 30.25 (46th)
                        Daniel Hein – 30.48 (54th)

            Women’s 100 meter Breaststroke

                        Valerie Jones
                                    Prelims – 1:17.33 (19th) – New DCST Team Record
                                    Finals – 1:17.79 (18th) – National All-American

            Men’s 100 meter Breaststroke

                        Ryan Schultz – 1:12.05 (70th)

            Women’s 400 meter Medley Relay

                        Emily Launer, Valerie, Sharron Isola, Katie Hallenbeck
            Prelims – 4:37.27 (16th)
            Finals – 4:32.45 (13th)
All 4 swimmers earned National All-American Honors.
Emily Launer set a new DCST Team Record with her backstroke leadoff split of 1:06.69.

            Men’s 400 meter Medley Relay

                        Grant Alef, Ryan Schultz, Kei Ishimaru, Jack Fergus – DQ

Team Scores after Day 5

            DCST Women – 14th Place
            DCST Men – 21st Place
            DCST Combined Scoring – 16th Place