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DCST Girls Take Second at IL / MO Area Championships

DCST Girls Take Second at IL / MO Area Championships

                The Kishwaukee YMCA / DeKalb County Swim Team (DCST) took second at the 2012 Illinois / Missouri Area Girls Championships behind first place Edwardsville by a score of 900.5 to 790.  This was the second consecutive year DCST finished behind Edwardsville, but DCST cut the deficit from to 227.5 points from a year ago to 110.5 this year.  In the combined scoring for the two days, DCST finished second to Edwardsville by a score of 1,712 to 1,547.5.  As a team, DCST’s girls had an excellent meet with 54 improved times out of a total of 70 swims for an improvement percentage of 77% compared to the District Championships.  On the day, DCST set 4 new IL / MO Area Records, 7 new team records and won 11 events.

            Athena Ye and Abby Pardridge helped DCST win the 9 – 10 Year Old Division by winning 5 of the 6 individual events offered for this age group.  Athena won the 50 yard Backstroke, 50 yard Butterfly and 100 yard IM.  Abby won the 100 yard Freestyle and 50 yard Breaststroke while taking a 2nd in the 100 yard IM.  All three of Athena’s times were new IL / MO Area Records and DCST Team Records.  Abby’s time in the 50 Breaststroke was a new team record.  Ye and Pardridge also set a new team record when they teamed up with Madison Aimone and Caroline Mackey to win the 200 yard Medley Relay.  Madison had a big individual swim in finals with her 7th place performance in the 50 yard Butterfly.

            DCST also won the 13 – 14 Year Old Division.  The 200 yard Medley Relay team of Sarah Fergus, Jensen Keck, Alexa Miller and Mikaila DiCostanzo took home a 7th place finish.  In the individual events, Miller was 3rd in the 100 yard Butterfly and 200 yard IM, and earned a 5th in the 200 yard Freestyle.  Keck also had 3 top 8 individual finishes with her 3rd in the 500 yard Freestyle and her two 6th places in the 200 yard Freestyle and 100 yard Breaststroke.  Olson (4th – 200 yard IM and 7th - 100 yard Backstroke) and Bailey Flemming (6th – 500 yard Freestyle and 8th - 200 yard Freestyle) each had two top 8 places.  Fergus and Serena Allendorfer finished 5th in the 100 yard Backstroke and 6th in the 100 yard Freestyle, respectively.

            DCST had an excellent showing in the Girls age 15 – 21 Division with their second place finish.  Kristin Van Oost, Brittnie Dean, Sharron Isola and Ashley Stark set a new team record in winning the 200 yard Medley Relay.  While, Emily Launer set a new IL / MO Area and team record in winning the 500 yard Freestyle.  She also set another team record in winning the 200 yard Freestyle.  In the 50 yard Freestyle, Launer won a 5th place medal.  Launer then joined Stark, Lexi Olson and Caitlynn Moon to finish 5th in the 200 yard Freestyle Relay.  Van Oost had a busy day with 3 individual swims in finals in addition to her relay.  Her efforts earned her a 5th in the 100 yard Backstroke, a 6th in the 200 yard Freestyle and a 7th in the 200 yard IM.  Moon had two top 8 individual finishes with a 3rd and a 5th in the 500 yard and 200 yard Freestyle events, respectively.  Dean (4th in the 100 yard Breaststroke), Isola (4th in the 100 yard Butterfly) and Tara Gidaszewski (8th in the 500 yard Freestyle) finished off DCST’s top 8 finishes in this age group.

            Grace Fergus dominated the Girls age 8 and Younger Division with 2 first place finishes (25 yard Backstroke and 25 yard Butterfly) and a second place finish (50 yard Freestyle).  Grace’s time in the 50 yard Freestyle was new team record.  DCST finished 10th overall in this division.  In the Girls ages 11 – 12 Division, DCST was 27th.

Girls Team Scores (Top 5 of 52 teams)

Place

Girls

Points

1

Edwardsville

900.5

2

DCST

790.0

3

Peoria

716.0

4

Springfield

583.5

5

BRRyall (Northwest Dupage)

446.5

Combined Team Scores (Top 5 of 52 teams)

Place

Combined

Points

1

Edwardsville

1,712.0

2

DCST

1,547.5

3

Springfield

1,287.0

4

Peoria

1,104.5

5

Tri City (Alton, IL)

942.0