DCST Swimmers Excel at Missouri Grand Prix
February 16, 2009
Missouri Grand Prix Results
DCST swimmers Grant Alef, Katie Hallenbeck and Emily Launer got their first chance to swim in an International Meet and / or open age competition at the Missouri Grand Prix on February 13 – 16 in Columbia, MO. This meet included seven U.S. Olympic swim team members including Olympic gold medalist and world record-holder Ryan Lochte and multiple Olympic medalist Katie Hoff. These swimmers were joined by U.S. Olympians Garrett Weber-Gale, Eric Shanteau, Chloe Sutton, Mark Gangloff and Christine Magnuson.
In addition to the strong pool of American talent, Tunisian Olympic gold medalist Ous Mellouli, French Olympic silver medalist Fred Bousquet, and Trinidadian Olympic bronze medalist George Bovell swam in the meet. Furthermore, numerous collegiate programs were represented including Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Missouri, Ohio State and SMU.
With the increased talent pool in the meet, DCST swimmers rose to the occasion. Emily Launer led the way with 7 best times in 8 events. She medaled (finished in the top 8) in the 50 meter backstroke (3rd) and the 1500 meter freestyle (6th). She also had strong performance in the 800 meter freestyle with a 7 second time drop which placed her in 16th place. All three of these events were timed final events. In the 200 meter backstroke (a prelim – final event), she dropped 6 seconds (4 seconds from her lifetime best time) in the C – Final to finish 18th.
Grant’s strong weekend included medaling in the 50 meter backstroke with a 5th place finish. He also had good performances in 800 meter freestyle (10th place) and 1500 meter freestyle (21st place). In prelim – final events, Grant qualified for the C – Final in both the 100 and 200 meter backstroke. In the 100 meter back, he dropped .5 seconds to finish 19th. He finished 21st in the 200 meter backstroke with a two second time drop between prelims and finals. Katie placed 10th in the 50 meter butterfly, and she was just off her personal best times by .1 seconds in both the 100 and 200 meter butterfly.