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DCST Finishes Winter Season at 8 - 2

DCST Finishes Winter Season at 8 - 2

        By winning its last meet of the season, DCST will finish the 2014 – 2015 winter season with an 8 – 2 dual meet record.  On Saturday, February 28, DCST scored 796 points to outscore Rock River – Rockford (444 points), Belvidere (268 points) and Streator (59 points).  As a team, DCST continued to swim well at the end of the season with 179 career best times out of a total of 353 swims for a 51% improvement rate.  DCST had an impressive 29 swims in which a swimmer swam a new event legally for the first time.  DCST also had 24 swims which achieved the District Qualifying and 16 swims which achieved the State Qualifying time for the first time. 

            Fifty-nine swimmers had a great meet with at least two career best times. These swimmers were:  Gavin Anderson, Anthony Biundo, Jack Blaise, Gabriella Bothe, Nathan Braun, Aidan Bruhl, Sadie Burton, Danny Cork, Quinn Cynor, Bella De La Cruz, Nina De La Cruz, Sam De La Cruz, Noah Dean, Lily DePauw, Roan Dowling, Lou Dukes, Mason Dukes, Quin Dukes, Anabelle Engleson, Grace Flemming, Cara Forsberg, Brayden Goff, Kaitlynn Goff, Donny Gramer, Jacob Gramer, Madisyn Grever, Jenna Hale, Gwen Hall, Gregory Harrelson, Emma Heinisch, Nick Johnson, Noah Johnson, Jack Keck, Ava Knapp, Grace Kozlowski, Megan LeBlanc, Spencer Mackey, Josephine McMahon, Michaela McMahon, Collin Moon, Angel Navarrete, Joseph Navarrete, Emily Raetzke, Hannah Raetzke, Dylan Rasmussen, Kyle Rasmussen, Bradley Ruetten, Jackson Singleton, Abby Slater, Gabi Smith, Zoe Tikkun, Madison Underwood, Jared VanderSchee, Abigail Wagner, David Wanner, Anna Westhoff, Elizabeth White, Ritta Wi and Collin Wunner.

            After each meet, the coaching staff picks two swimmers, one girl and one boy, as the “Big Dogs" of the meet. Big Dogs are not only selected on their performance in the meet, but the coaches also take into consideration the swimmer’s practice attendance, work ethic, team spirit and sportsmanship. For this meet, Cara Forsberg, age 12, and Andrew Wu, age 10, were selected as Big Dogs of the meet.

            On Sunday, DCST will be hosting the DCST Open.  Swimmers may choose their events for this meet.  With the timeline of the meet being relatively short compared to other meets, swimmers should only select two or three events to swims.  This meet is the last chance for swimmers to achieve a District qualifying time.  Swimmers should also consider events for the following reasons:

  • Qualifying for the YMCA State, YMCA National or ISI Age Group Championship Meets
  • Moving up the DCST Time Ladder to improve chances for swimming on relays at the Championship Meets
  • Setting a new team record
  • To finish off the event requirements to achieve DCST’s Super Dog Award
    • Swimmers ages 12 and younger (Achieve the District Qualifying time for every event offered in their age group.)
    • Swimmers ages 13 and older (Achieve a time this season that is faster than the 12th fastest time at this year’s District Championship in every event offered.)
  • To finish off the event requirements to achieve DCST’s Top Dog Award (Achieving the State Qualifying time for every event offered in a swimmer’s age group.)
  • To qualify for the IM Extreme Awards
    • Swimmers ages 10 & Younger need to swim the following events legally during the season:  200 Free, 100 Back, 100 Breast, 100 Fly and 200 IM.
    • Swimmers ages 11 – 12 need to swim the following events legally during the season:  500 Free, 100 Back, 100 Breast, 100 Fly and 200 IM.
    • Swimmers ages 13 and older need to swim the following events legally during the seasons:  500 Free, 200 Back, 200 Breast, 200 Fly, 200 IM and 400 IM.
  • Achieving a time to make a swimmer eligible to swim next season in a new practice group, i.e. Lab, Newfoundland or Bull Dog.
  • To achieve a personal best time
  • Trying a new event

After this weekend, DCST starts the Championship Meet season.  The first meet is the Jr. District and District Championships at Illinois Valley (Peru, IL) on March 7 and 8.  Everyone is encouraged to enter this meet.  This is a championship meet for all swimmers.  Swimmers who don’t have District Qualifying times will be entered in the Jr. District events.  In order to participate in this meet, swimmers must have swum in 3 “YMCA” meets this season.  The one exception is swimmers who swam on a High School swim team.  These swimmers must have participated in 2 “YMCA” meets.

On March 12 – 15, DCST will participate in the Age Group Championship Meet in Pleasant Prairie, WI.  This meet is for swimmers ages 14 and younger who achieved an Age Group Qualifying time in a USA Swimming sanctioned meet.  Everyone who has achieved these time standards is highly encouraged to attend this meet.

On March 21 & 22, DCST will be participating in the YMCA State Meet in St. John, IN.  All swimmers who have achieved a YMCA State Qualifying time are highly encouraged to attend this meet.  In order to participate in this meet, swimmers must have also participated in the District Championship Meet.

The last championship meet of the season will be on March 30 – April 3 in Greensboro, NC for the YMCA National Championships.  All swimmers who have achieved a YMCA National Qualifying time are highly encouraged to attend this meet.

Team Scores

Division

DCST

RAYS

BVDY

STRY

Girls

360

270

147

38

Boys

436

174

121

21

Combined

796

444

268

59