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DCST National Results (Day 1)
DCST National Results – Day 1
 
                DCST had a great start to the YMCA National Championships. As a team, DCST had 5 life-time personal best times in 7 events, set 5 new DCST Team Records, and had one swimmer earn National All-American honors.
                Emily Launer earned National All-American honors with her 16th place finish in the 500 yard Freestyle. Her time of 4:55.97 was a new team record by 2.4 seconds. Grant Alef set a new DCST team record with a time drop off 0.2 seconds in the preliminary session in the 100 backstroke. He then had a phenomenal swim with a time drop of 1.1 seconds in finals to earn a 17th place finish with a time of 51.19.
                DCST’s Individual Medley swimmers, Michael Gordon and Chad Thompson, both dropped 2.0 seconds in their 200 IMs with times of 1:54.59 and 1:55.71 respectively. Gordon’s time was a new DCST Team Record; furthermore, his lead off 50 Butterfly time was also a meet record. Tara Gidaszewski had a very nice 0.3 second time drop in her 100 yard backstroke. Grant Alef set his second team record of the day in the 50 yard backstroke with his lead off split in the 200 yard Medley Relay.
 
DCST Day 1 Results
 
Women’s 100 Backstroke
                Tara Gidaszewski – 1:00.69 (115th place)
 
Men’s 100 Backstroke
Grant Alef
                Prelims – 52.26 (22nd place) – New DCST Team Record
                Finals – 51.19 (17th place) – New DCST Team Record
Chad Thompson – 53.66 (53rd place)
 
Women’s 500 Freestyle
                Emily Launer
                                Prelims – 4:55.97 (13th place) – New DCST Team Record
                                Finals – 4:56.96 (16th place) – Earned National All-American Honors
 
Men’s 200 Individual Medley
                Michael Gordon – 1:54.59 (25th place) – New DCST Team Record; Lead-off 50 Butterfly was a New DCST Team Record
                Chad Thompson – 1:55.71 (34th place)
 
Women’s 50 Freestyle
                Casey Jepsen – 25.07 (Tied 116th place)
 
Girl’s 200 Medley Relay
                Emily Launer, Valerie Jones, Katie Hallenbeck, Casey Jepsen – DQ
 
Men’s 200 Medley Relay
                Grant Alef, Michael Gordon, Chad Thompson, Cory Page – 1:38.20 (32nd Place)
                                Grant Alef’s lead off split (24.57) was new DCST Team Record
 
Time Trials
                Women’s 100 Back
                                Sharron Isola – 1:03.26
                Women’s 200 IM
                                Katie Hallenbeck – 2:16.04
                Men’s 50 Freestyle
                                Cory Page – 22.93