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DCST National Results Day 5
DCST National Results (Day 5)
 
                Day 5 concluded the YMCA National Championship with DCST achieving its highest finish ever in both the men’s (6th place) and combined team scoring (tied for 9th place) divisions. The DCST women finished the meet in 15th place. On the day, DCST had 7 individual career best times out of 9 individual swims which brought the meet total to 33 career best times out of a total of 47 individual swims. Moreover, all four of DCST’s relays dropped significant time on Friday. All ten DCST relay swims for the meet were well under their seed times. One item which DCST likes to stress in its training is swimming faster in finals. At this meet, DCST had an impressive 16 time improvements for the second swim of the day out of a total of 21 second swims.
DCST’s men 400 medley relay of Grant Alef, Michael Gordon, Kei Ishimaru and Chad Thompson earned DCST’s highest placing for relay at the meet with a 3rd place finish. This relay went almost 8 seconds under their seed time. In the women’s 400 medley relay, Emily Launer, Valerie Jones, Sharron Isola and Casey Jepsen dropped over 5 seconds on the day to place 12th. Emily set a new DCST team record in the 100 Backstroke with her lead off split from the preliminary session. All 8 relay swimmers achieved National All-American honors for their efforts. This was the first time Sharron was named an All-American.
In the individual events, Grant was named a National All-American for the second time on the day with his 11th place finish in the 50 backstroke. His time was 0.2 seconds under his seed time. Michael Gordon also had a nice day in the 100 Breaststroke. He lowered his previous DCST team record by 1.2 seconds. He finished in 18th place.
DCST’s other time improvements on the day were: Women’s 200 Free Relay consisting of Sharron Isola, Valerie Jones, Casey Jepsen, Emily Launer (4.6 seconds), Men’s 200 Free Relay consisting of Chad Thompson, Cory Page, Grant Alef, Michael Gordon (3.2 seconds), Sharron Isola – 200 Butterfly (0.8 seconds), Kei Ishimaru – 200 Butterfly (1.6 seconds), Chad Thompson – 50 Backstroke (0.2 seconds), Marc Dubrick – 50 Backstroke (1.4 seconds), Valerie Jones – 100 Breaststroke (3.0 seconds).
                Listed below are the meet highlights for each swimmer. Note career best times include some lead off splits.
 
Grant Alef – Named National All-American 8 times, set 3 team records, had 4 career best times
Marc Dubrick – Had 1 career best time
Tara Gidaszewski – Named National All-American 1 time, had 1 career best time
Michael Gordon – Named National All-American 5 times, set 2 team records, had 3 career best times
Katie Hallenbeck – Named National All-American 1 time
Kei Ishimaru – Named National All-American 3 times, set 1 team record, had 4 career best times
Sharron Isola – Named National All-American 1 time, had 5 career best times
Casey Jepsen – Named National All-American 3 times, had 4 career best times
Valerie Jones – Named National All-American 3 times, set 1 team record, had 4 career best times
Emily Launer – Named National All-American 7 times, set 4 team records, had 4 career best times
Cory Page – Had 2 career best times
Ryan Schultz – Had 1 career best time
Sam Seneczko –Named National All-American 1 time, had 1 career best time
Grace Waller – Named National All-American 1 time, had 2 career best times
 
 
Complete DCST Results from Day 5
 
Women’s 200 Freestyle Relay
                Sharron Isola, Valerie Jones, Casey Jepsen, Emily Launer – 1:54.77 (24th)
 
Men’s 200 Freestyle Relay
                Chad Thompson, Cory Page, Grant Alef, Michael Gordon – 1:41.04 (19th)
 
Women’s 200 Butterfly
Katie Hallenbeck – 2:30.76 (29th)
Sharron Isola – 2:33.18 (38th)
 
Men’s 200 Butterfly
                Kei Ishimaru – 2:19.36 (35th)
 
Women’s 50 Backstroke
Tara Gidaszewski – 33.41 (56th)
 
Men’s 50 Backstroke
                Grant Alef
                                Prelims – 28.39 (Tied for 11th)
                                Finals – 28.07 (11th) – National All-American
                Chad Thompson – 29.15 (28th)
                Marc Dubrick – 33.44 (110th)
 
Women’s 100 Breaststroke
                Valerie Jones – 1:18.52 (31st)
 
Men’s 100 Breaststroke
                Michael Gordon
                                Prelims – 1:09.45 (20th) – New DCST Team Record
                                Finals – 1:09.35 (18th) – New DCST Team Record
 
Women’s 400 Medley Relay
                Emily Launer, Valerie Jones, Sharron Isola, Casey Jepsen
                                Prelims – 4:34.69 (10th)
                                                Emily’s lead off 100 split was a New DCST Team Record
                                Finals – 4:32.64 (12th)
                All 4 swimmers earned National All-American honors
 
Men’s 400 Medley Relay
                Grant Alef, Michael Gordon, Kei Ishimaru, Chad Thompson
                                Prelims – 4:03.75 (7th)
                                Finals – 4:02.41 (3rd)
                All 4 swimmers earned National All-American honors
 
Team Scoring
                Women – 15th place
                Men – 6th place
                Combined Men and Women – Tied for 9th Place