DCST Boys Takes 3rd at Area Championships
DCST Boys Take 3rd at Area Championships
            The Kishwaukee YMCA / DeKalb County Swim Team (DCST) took third place at the 2010 IL / MO Area Boys Championships. On the day, DCST had an extremely impressive 74% time improve rate. Out of DCST’s 70 swims, 52 were best times. DCST also set 1 new Area Record and 5 new team records.
            DCST had great senior leadership as the 15 and over boys lead the way. DCST’s second place finish in this age group was their highest placing age group. The relay team of Grant Alef, Michael Gordon, Kei Ishimaru and Cory Page, won the 200 yard Medley Relay with an Area Meet and DCST Team Record time of 1:37.83. Alef’s lead off split in the relay was also good for a DCST team record in the 50 yard Backstroke. In the Freestyle Relay, Page teamed up with Sam Seneczko, Josh DeDina and Chad Thompson to take home a 3rd place finish. Alef added two Area individual titles by winning the 500 yard Freestyle and 100 yard Backstroke events. He also had a 2nd place finish in 200 yard Freestyle. Gordon had an impressive day with 3 top 6 finishes (2nd place 100 yard Freestyle, 3rd place 200 yard IM, and 6th place 100 yard Breaststroke). Chad Thompson (2nd place 100 yard Backstroke and 4th place 200 yard IM) and Kei Ishimaru (2nd place 200 yard Butterfly and 6th place 500 yard Freestyle) each had two individual swims in the final session.
            DCST also had both relays in final session in the 11 – 12 Boys age group. Dylan Powers, Jacob Bjork, Michael Lorr and Daniel Hein took 3rd place in the 200 yard Freestyle Relay, and Mark Wanner, Ty Ament, Lorr and Bjork were 5th in the 200 yard Medley Relay. Hein had a busy day by placing in the top 4 in all three of his individual events (2nd 50 yard Backstroke, 2nd 50 yard Butterfly and 4th 200 yard IM). His time in the 50 yard Butterfly was good for a new DCST Team Record. Lorr had a big time improvement in his 50 yard Freestyle which was good for a 2nd place finish.
            Nolan Fergus powered DCST’s 8 and younger boys with individual Area titles in the 25 yard Breaststroke and 100 yard IM. He also added a 2nd place finish in the 25 yard Backstroke. His times in the IM and Backstroke were new DCST Team Records. In the Freestyle Relay, Fergus joined Garret Sims, Carson Klein, and Dillon Anderson to earn 7th place.
            In the 13 – 14 boys age group, Michael Carlson, Ryan Schultz, Ryan Lindsey and Josh Page took home a 6th place finish. Schultz added two 5th place finishes in his 100 yard Backstroke and 100 yard Breaststroke events; while Page also had two top 8 individual finishes with a 7th place in the 50 yard Freestyle and an 8th place in the 200 yard IM. DCST’s 9 – 10 boys relay team of Tyler Hull, Collin Moon, Patrik Smith and Cole Moon rounded out DCST’s swims in finals with a 6th place.
Overall Team Scores (Top 5 of 51 teams)
1)       Leaning Tower (Niles, IL)       956
2)      Edwardsville, IL                       950
3)      DCST                                        654
4)      Springfield, IL                          486
5)      YOSI (Belleville, IL)                 430