DCST Finishes National Championship with Best Ever Finish (Day 5 Results)

DCST Finishes National Championship with Best Ever Finish (Day 5 Results)

                One of DCST’s goals for the 2009 Summer National Championships was to be the best national team in DCST’s history. With their 10th place combined (women and men) finish, DCST achieved this goal. DCST’s previous best finish was 12th in 2008. The men’s team finished in 10th, while the women’s team finished 15th. In achieving this goal, DCST had 9 swimmers earn National All-American honors in 7 relays and 19 individual events, had 51 lifetime best swims out of a total of 60 swims, and set 23 new team records.
                On Friday, with a 6th place finish in women’s 800 freestyle, Emily Launer was DCST highest placing finisher on the last day of the meet.  Her time earned her National All-American honors. Both Emily and Kate Taylor swam faster than the previous DCST team record in this event.
                Grant Alef, Michael Gordon, David Gordon and Chad Thompson teamed up to earn All-American status in both the 200 freestyle relay and 400 medley relays with their 13th and 16th place finishes respectively in these events. Over the course of the meet, these four swimmers became the first men or women’s team in DCST history to earn All-American honors in all 5 relay events in one meet. The 200 freestyle relay went over 5 seconds faster than its seed time while the 400 medley relay went over 6 seconds.
                Katie Hallenbeck had an outstanding day in the 200 butterfly. She dropped 5.5 seconds from her best time in prelims, and then she dropped another 1.4 seconds in finals to finish 11th with National All-American honors. Sharron Isola also had an impressive 200 butterfly swim with her 2 second time improvement.
                The women’s 400 medley relay team of Emily Launer, Valerie Jones, Katie Hallenbeck and Emily Waller went almost 6 seconds under their previous best time with their 18th place finish. Launer and Waller then also teamed up with Casey Jepsen and Kate Taylor in the 200 free relay which dropped 2.5 seconds from their seed time to finish in 22nd place.
                Michael Gordon set the team record in the 100 breaststroke with his 0.8 second time improvement. Tara Gidaszewski, Sharron Isola and Chad Thompson all improved from their career best times in the 50 backstroke. Tara improved 1.3 seconds while Sharron and Chad each improved 0.8 seconds.        
Complete Listing of DCST Results from Day 5
Women’s 200 Freestyle Relay
                Casey Jepsen, Kate Taylor, Emily Launer, Emily Waller (22nd) – 1:54.19
Men’s 200 Freestyle Relay
                Grant Alef, David Gordon, Michael Gordon, Chad Thompson
                                Prelims (14th) – 1:41.16
                                Finals (13th) 1:40.82 – All four swimmers earned National All-American Honors
Women’s 200 Butterfly
                Katie Hallenbeck
                                Prelims (13th) – 2:26.17
                                Finals (11th) 2:24.79 – National All-American
                Sharron Isola (Tied 57th) – 2:34.00
Women’s 50 Backstroke
                Tara Gidaszewski (Tied 51st) – 33.09
                Sharron Isola (Tied 117th) – 34.35
Men’s 50 Backstroke
                Chad Thompson
                                Prelims (23rd) – 29.36
                                Finals (23rd) - 29.52
Men’s 100 Breaststroke
                Michael Gordon (25th) – 1:10.53 – DCST Team Record
Women’s 400 Medley Relay
Emily Launer, Valerie Jones, Katie Hallenbeck, Emily Waller (18th) – 4:37.16
Men’s 400 Medley Relay
                Grant Alef, David Gordon, Michael Gordon, Chad Thompson
                                Prelims (11th) – 4:06.73
                                Finals (16th) – 4:09.99 – All four swimmers earned All-American honors
Women’s 800 Freestyle
                Emily Launer (6th) – 9:17.50 – National All-American, DCST Team Record
                Kate Taylor (18th) – 8:30.28 – DCST Team Record
                Valerie Jones (28th) – 8:43.19
Team Scoring
                Women – 15th Place
                Men – 10th Place
                Combined Men and Women – 10th Place