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DCST National Results (Day 4)
DCST National Results (Day 4)
 
The last day of the YMCA National Championships was the best day for DCST. DCST set 9 new Team Records, had 6 life-time personal best times out of 7 individual swims, and had 2 swimmers earn National All-American honors.
In the 1650 yard Freestyle, DCST’s distance swimmers had tremendous time drops: Emily Launer dropped over 32 seconds, Grant Alef dropped over 20 seconds, and Valerie Jones dropped 4.5 seconds. These time drops earned Emily and Grant National All-American honors with 8th and 13th place finishes respectively. Both times were also new DCST Team Records. Emily and Grant are now in a three way time with Matt Chambers for being named a National All-American the most times (18 times) in the history of DCST.
In the 100 yard Breaststroke, Michael Gordon dropped 1.2 seconds, set a new DCST Team Record and finished 19th. His first 50 of the 100 yard Breaststroke also set a new DCST Team Record. Valerie Jones also had an impressive 100 Breaststroke swim with a 1.6 time drop.
In the 200 yard Butterfly, Katie Hallenbeck had an awesome day with a 21st place finish in prelims, a new DCST Team Record, and a 0.8 second time improvement. In finals, she dropped an additional 1.1 seconds and finished 20th.
DCST’s relays also had very productive days. The Men’s 200 Freestyle Relay of Gordon, Cory Page, Alef and Chad Thompson dropped 2.1 seconds from their seed time, set a new DCST Team Record by 1.4 seconds and placed 24th. Michael Gordon lead off the relay with a new DCST Team Record in the 50 free. The women’s relay consisting of Launer, Sharron Isola, Valerie Jones and Casey Jepsen dropped 0.4 seconds from their seed time.
In the 400 Medley Relay, Launer, Jones and Jepsen teamed up with Hallenbeck to set a new DCST Team Record by 3.5 seconds with a 25th place finish. Emily Launer lead off the relay with a new DCST Team Record in the 100 yard Backstroke. The men’s team of Alef, Gordon, Thompson and Page had a nice swim with a 3.2 second time improvement.
 
Team highlights for the week: DCST swimmers were named National All-American 5 times, had 39 career individual best times, and set 27 DCST Team Records.
 
Individual Accomplishments for DCST swimmers this past week (includes relays and lead off splits):
 
Grant Alef – Named National All-American 2 times, had 5 individual best times, and set 9 DCST Team Records.
 
Tara Gidaszewski – Had 4 individual best times and set 1 DCST Team Record.
 
Michael Gordon – Had 9 individual best times and set 11 DCST Team Records.
 
Katie Hallenbeck – Had 1 individual best time and set 2 DCST Team Records.
 
Valerie Jones – Had 6 individual best times and set 3 DCST Team Records.
 
Emily Launer – Named National All-American 3 times, had 7 individual best times, and set 6 DCST Team Records.
 
Cory Page – Had 1 individual best time and set 4 DCST Team Records.
 
Chad Thompson – Had 6 individual best times and set 5 DCST Team Records.
 
Casey Jepsen – Set 1 DCST Team Record.
 
DCST Day 4 Results
 
Women’s 200 yard Freestyle Relay
            Emily Launer, Sharron Isola, Valerie Jones, Casey Jepsen – 1:41.46 (52nd place)
 
Men’s 200 yard Freestyle Relay
            Michael Gordon, Cory Page, Grant Alef, Chad Thompson – 1:27.49 (24th place) – New DCST Team Record; Michael Gordon’s lead off 50 yard Freestyle was a new DCST Team Record (21.75).
 
Women’s 200 yard Butterfly
            Katie Hallenbeck
                        Prelims – 2:06.91 (21st place) – New DCST Team Record
                        Finals – 2:05.87 (20th place) – New DCST Team Record
            Sharron Isola – 2:12.31 (76th place)
 
Women’s 100 yard Breaststroke
            Valerie Jones – 1:07.51 (47th place)
 
Men’s 100 yard Breaststroke
            Michael Gordon
                        Prelims – 58.84 (19th place) – New DCST Team Record
                        Finals – 58.95 (19th place) – Michael’s lead off 50 Breaststroke was a New DCST Team Record
 
Women’s 400 Medley Relay
            Emily Launer, Valerie Jones, Katie Hallenbeck, Casey Jepsen – 3:58.43 (25th place) – New DCST Team Record; Emily Launer’s lead off 100 yard Backstroke was a new DCST Team Record (58.47).
 
Men’s 400 Medley Relay
            Grant Alef, Michael Gordon, Chad Thompson, Cory Page – 3:35.03 (27th place)
 
Women’s 1650 yard Freestyle
            Emily Launer – 16:55.63 (8th place) – Earned National All-American Honors, New DCST Team Record
            Valerie Jones – 17:34.54 (31st place)
 
Men’s 1650 yard Freestyle
            Grant Alef – 16:01.02 (13th place) – Earned National All-American Honors, New DCST Team Record