DCST National Results (Day 1)


                The Kishwaukee YMCA / DeKalb County Swim Team (DCST) got off to a good start on the first day of the YMCA National Championships in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida by setting 5 new team records. Emily Launer set two team records on Monday. She began her day by lowering her team record in the 500 yard Freestyle, and then she lead off the women’s 200 medley relay with a new team record in the 50 Backstroke. Grant Alef also set a team record in the 50 backstroke with his lead off split in men’s 200 Medley Relay. In his individual event, Grant set the DCST Team record in 100 yard Backstroke. David Gordon finished off DCST’s record setting day with his time in the 500 yard freestyle.
                Other highlights on the first day included both of DCST medley relays lowering their seed times by 7 tenths of a second. In the time trial events, Tara Gidaszewski (100 yard Backstroke), Katie Hallenbeck (200 yard IM) and Chad Thompson (100 yard Freestyle) had lifetime best swims. All three of these performances qualified these swimmers for the Summer National Championship Meet in these events. Also in the time trial events, Casey Jepsen had an impressive 3.17 second time drop in her in 100 yard backstroke to go with her personal best time in 50 yard freestyle earlier in the day in the 50 yard Freestyle event.
Listed below is a complete list of DCST’s results:
Men’s 100 yard Backstroke
                Grant Alef – 52.85 (32nd) New DCST Team Record
                Chad Thompson – 56.43 (131st)
Women’s 500 yard Freestyle
                Emily Launer – 5:05.39 (49th) New DCST Team Record
Men’s 500 yard Freestyle
                David Gordon – 4:40.85 (38th) New DCST Team Record
Women’s 200 yard IM
                Emily Waller – 2:11.59 (82nd)
                Valerie Jones – 2:14.41 (119th)
Men’s 200 yard IM
                Michael Gordon – 1:57.28 (Tied 53rd)
Women’s 50 yard Freestyle
                Emily Waller – 24.95 (100th)
                Casey Jepsen – 25.05 (Tied 117th)
Women’s 200 yard Medley Relay
                Emily Launer, Valerie Jones, Katie Hallenbeck, Emily Waller – 1:52.87 (66th)
                                Emily Launer’s lead off time of 28.10 was a New DCST Team Record
Men’s 200 yard Medley Relay
                Grant Alef, Michael Gordon, David Gordon, Chad Thompson – 1:40.39 (49th)
                                Grant Alef’s lead off time of 25.10 was a New DCST Team Record
Time Trial Events
                Women’s 100 yard Backstroke
                                Tara Gidaszewski – 1:02.31
                                Casey Jepsen – 1:03.12
                Women’s 200 yard IM
                                Katie Hallenbeck – 2:14.69
                Men’s 100 yard Freestyle
                                Chad Thompson – 49.65