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2013 NCSA Junior National Championships

posted Jul 30, 2013, 6:52 PM by DCST Webmaster   [ updated Sep 4, 2013, 3:13 PM ]
Day 5

record breaking relay team
Elizabeth Prasse, Briana Burns, Alexandra Buscher, and Danielle Yoon
Our swimmers put a great end to a long week of racing. Our overall combined team score placed us 14th out of more than 130 teams from across the nation.

In the 50 backstroke, future Boston Terrier Danielle Yoon and future Colorado Ram Elizabeth Prasse put together great prelim swims, which earned them a second swim in finals. Prasse, who competed in the C final, ended up finishing in 6th place with a time of 31.20. Yoon’s prelim efforts were good enough to sneak her into the Championship final. Overall she finished in 8th place with a new open team record of 30.90.

Future Duke Blue Devil Michael Miller saved the best for last as he put together a 200 IM race that ranks among the top 100 fastest 18 & under performances in U.S history (67th). His time of 2:04.73 was just .08 off Robert Owen’s winning time. Both swimmers went over two seconds under the previous meet record.

Danielle Yoon (back), Briana Burns (breast), Alexandra Buscher (fly), and Elizabeth Prasse (free) returned for another medley relay. This time it was the longer distance 4x100. Their time of 4:26.40 broke our 11th team record of the meet.

Day 4

Day four brought more best times, Dad’s Club Top Ten performances and our 7th and 8th team records of the week.

Earning a spot in our All Time Top Ten 17-18 100 back was Elizabeth Prasse with a season best of 1:08.60. Prasse’s performance currently ranks 10th among our all time best in the age group.

Also continuing to make her mark in our Top Ten was Alexandra Buscher who competed and won both her 100 fly and 400 free C & B finals. Her time of 1:03.49 in the 100 fly is a personal best and ranks Buscher 2nd in both the 15-16 and Open divisions among our all time best.

Other season best include: Danielle Yoon’s 1:07.82 and Dawn Virginillo’s 1:09.40 in the 100 back.

Cooper Wozencraft joined the rest of his teammates in this week’s record-breaking streak. His prelim time of 59.83 in the 100 fly bettered his old team record in the 13-14 division set earlier this season.

It was a busy night for Michael Miller who swam back-to-back finals in the 200 breast and 100 fly. His 200 breast time of 2:24.80 broke his own 17-18 team record set in 2012. Twenty minutes later Miller was back in the water in the championship final of the 100 fly. His final time of 56.01 was a personal best and good enough for fourth place.
Michael Miller (100 fly). Photo by Briana Burns

Dawn Virginillo, Elizabeth Prasse, and Briana Burns
Day 3

Elizabeth Prasse started out the meet in a best time of 2:08.98 in the 200 free. Her execution of the race was impressive with her 100 splits being 1:04.11 and 1:04.87.

Also swimming the 200 free was Alexandra Buscher, whose prelim swim seeded her 3rd going into finals. Her finals swim moved her up a spot to 2nd place. This was the highest finish Dad’s Club has had at a national level meet in over 15 years.

Briana Burns and Cooper Wozencraft showed their sprinting abilities in the 50s of stroke. Burns bettered her personal best in the 50 breast to a 35.22 while Wozencraft, the youngest boy in the competition, bettered his 50 fly to a 27.24.

Michael Miller joined Buscher in winning our second silver medal of the night. Miller broke the meet record set in 2004 during his prelim swim. His record was short lived as Robert Owen from Boston's Crimson Aquatics bettered the mark in the following heat.

During the finals, Miller treated us to a very exciting finish, as he cut on the 5.5-second lead Owen had extended during backstroke. At the end, Miller ran out of room, but his time of 4:27.20 makes him the second fastest 400 IMer in Dad’s Club history. His performance also breaks our 6th team record of the meet in the boys 17-18 division. 

Day 2

We saw seven new Dad’s Club Top Ten times, our 4th & 5th team records of the meet and three A finals on day two of NCSA Juniors.

First to compete on Wednesday morning were our 200 backstrokers Danielle Yoon, Dawn Virginillo, and Cooper Wozencraft.

Yoon’s season best of 2:27.19 ranks her 6th in the 17-18 Dad’s Top Ten while Wozencraft’s lifetime best of 2:14.88 ranks him 3rd in the 13-14 boys age group.

Also swimming season best and joining the rankings of Dad’s Club’s Top Ten were Elizabeth Prasse and our lone breaststroker of the day, Briana Burns.

Prasse’s lifetime best of 1:00.05 in the 100 free places her 10th in the open division while Burn's 1:17.55 places her 4th in the 15-16 division.

Making A finals in both of his events was Michael Miller whose times of 4:04.15 (400 free) and 2:05.83 (200 fly) move him up to 5th and 7th place in our All Time Top Ten rankings.

Alexandra Buscher continued her record-breaking streak with new team records in the 15-16 and Open 100 free divisions. Her time of 57.70 was good enough for 5th place and makes her the first Dad’s Club lady to go under 58 seconds in the event. 
Alexandra Buscher on the podium for her 100 free
Michael Miller on the podium for his 400 free. Photos by Briana Burns

Day 1

Three team records went down on the first day of competition at this summer’s NCSA Junior National Championships, held at the Indiana University Natatorium in Indianapolis from July 30th-August 4th.

The first two were the work of Alexandra Buscher. Her time of 8:58.42 in the 800 free placed her 6th in the competition and broke both the 15-16 and Open team records. This makes Buscher the first Dad’s Club lady in history to go under nine minutes in the event.

Danielle Yoon (back), Briana Burns (breast), Buscher (fly), and Elizabeth Prasse (free) joined forces in the 200 medley relay to break the third team record of the evening. Their time of 2:02.35 cut almost four full seconds of the mark set by Dawn Virginillo, Yoon, Buscher, and Jaimie Miller at last year’s Florida International Invite.

From left to right: Michael Miller, Danielle Yoon, Cooper Wozencraft, Alexandra Buscher, Dawn Virginillo, Elizabeth Prasse, and Briana Burns