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DCST National Results Day 4
DCST National Results (Day 4)
 
                The 800 Freestyle Relay and the 200 Backstroke were extremely productive events for DCST on Day 4 of the YMCA National Championships. DCST’s women’s 800 freestyle relay team of Grace Waller, Valerie Jones, Casey Jepsen and Emily Launer swam 6.25 seconds under their seed time to finish 5th. While the men’s team of Michael Gordon, Sam Seneczko, Chad Thompson and Grant Alef dropped almost 9 full seconds to finish in 6th place. All 8 swimmers earned National All-American honors. This was the first time Sam earned National All-American honors.
In the Men’s 200 Backstroke, Grant Alef took 2nd place while Chad Thompson was 11th. Both swimmers earn National All-American honors, broke the previous DCST team record and had significant time improvements (Grant – 3.3 seconds; Chad – 0.8 seconds). In the Women’s 200 Backstroke, DCST had a trio of swims in the final session (Emily Launer - 6th place, Tara Gidaszewski – 15th place, Casey Jepsen – 22nd place). Emily and Tara both earned National All-American honors. This was the first time for Tara to achieve this status.
In DCST’s other two final swims on Thursday, Valerie Jones and Kei Ishimaru both set new DCST team records. In the 400 IM, Valerie Jones dropped 6.3 seconds in finals after dropping 2.5 seconds in prelims. She finished in 18th place. Kei dropped 1.6 seconds on the day while finishing in 18th place.
For the day, DCST’s had 9 lifetime best times out of 15 individual swims. This brings the week’s total to 26 career best times out of 38 swims. DCST’s other time improvements on the day: Casey Jepsen – 100 Freestyle (0.01 seconds), Cory Page - 100 Freestyle (1 second), Tara Gidaszewski - 200 Backstroke (1.2 seconds), Casey Jepsen - 200 Backstroke (1.3 seconds), Sharron Isola – 50 Butterfly (0.05 seconds).
 
Complete DCST Results from Day 4
 
Women’s 400 IM
                Valerie Jones
                                Prelims – 5:19.78 (17th)
                                Finals – 5:13.44 (18th) – New DCST Team Record
                Katie Hallenbeck – 5:24.38 (27th)
                Sharron Isola – 5:27.45 (34th)
 
Men’s 400 IM
                Michael Gordon – 4:59.47 (26th)
 
Women’s 100 Freestyle
Casey Jepsen – 1:01.48 (Tied – 38th)
 
Men’s 100 Freestyle
                Cory Page – 57.58 (121st)
 
Women’s 200 Backstroke
                Emily Launer
                                Prelims – 2:25.15 (5th)
                                Finals – 2:24.03 (6th) – National All-American
                Tara Gidaszewski
                                Prelims – 2:26.01 (9th)
                                Finals – 2:27.38 (15th) – National All-American
                Casey Jepsen
                                Prelims – 2:29.18 (22nd)
                                Finals – 2:29.10 (22nd)
 
Men’s 200 Backstroke
                Grant Alef
                                Prelims – 2:11.07 (4th) – New DCST Team Record
                                Finals – 2:08.85 (2nd) – National All-American, New DCST Team Record
                Chad Thompson
                                Prelims – 2:13.07 (10th)
                                Finals – 2:12.09 (11th) – National All-American, New DCST Team Record
                Michael Gordon – 2:32.04 (113th)
 
Women’s 50 Butterfly
                Sharron Isola – 30.69 (36th)
                Katie Hallenbeck – 30.77 (37th)
 
Men’s 50 Butterfly
                Kei Ishimaru
                                Prelims – 27.29 (23rd)
                                Finals – 27.00 (18th) – New DCST Team Record
 
Women’s 800 Freestyle Relay
                Grace Waller, Valerie Jones, Casey Jepsen, Emily Launer – 8:53.25
                All 4 swimmers earned National All-American honors
 
Men’s 800 Freestyle Relay
                Michael Gordon, Sam Seneczko, Chad Thompson, Grant Alef – 8:04.57
                All 4 swimmers earned National All-American honors
 
Team Scoring
                Women – 11th place
                Men – 5th place
                Combined Men and Women – 7th place