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2016 NCSA Jr. Nationals

posted Apr 1, 2016, 8:10 PM by DCST Webmaster   [ updated Apr 1, 2016, 9:30 PM by Rey Aguilar ]
Dad’s Club places higher than any other Texas team at NCSA Jr. Nationals. 
Eleven Dad’s Club swimmers traveled to Orlando Fl. on March 15th-20th for this year’s NCSA Junior National Championships. This year’s event was one of the fastest and most competitive junior national meets in history. Many of the nation’s top teams make NCSA Juniors their focus meet of the season. This year’s meet was held in a short course (25yd) prelim/ Long course (50m) finals format.
This was Dad’s Club’s best showing ever at spring NCSA Jr Nationals. In the combined team scores Dad’s Club placed 21st from over the 230 teams! Our girls placed 46th while our boys snuck in the top 20 to finish in 16th place. Our 21st combined score finish made us the highest scoring Texas team by over 100 points. 
Clayton Bobo, Jack Calderwood, Riley Carson, Will Kallmeyer, Jacob Won, Cooper Wozencraft, and James Zetka.
Brittany Baerg, Emma Stephenson, Audrey Orange, and Ellen Pack
We had many outstanding swims throughout the week. Many of these where new team records, summer Jr. National, Winter National and U.S Open qualifying times as well as national top 10 finishes and ranks amongst the All Time USA Swimming top 100 list. 
This was the first NCSA Juniors for Ellen Pack, Will Kallmeyer, James Zetka, and Jacob Won. All four of them qualified during the championship meets leading up to NCSA’s. Pack and Kallmeyer achieved their individual cut in the 50 free, Zetka in the 50, 100 and 200 back, and Won in the 1,650. 
Emma Stephenson led the charge on the girls’ side with 2 individual finals in the 50 and 100 fly. Stephenson’s short course performance of 54.70 in the 100 fly earned her the 46th rank in history amongst the 13-14 age group. During finals in the same event (long course), Stephenson achieved her very first summer Jr. National standard with a personal best of 1:02.06. Her 50 fly was arguably her strongest swim of the meet. Stephenson’s time of 24.51SC wasn’t only good enough to make the championship final, but also ranks her as the 11th fastest American this year.  
Clayton Bobo reached the finals in five individual events. His 100 fly and 50 free times were new summer junior national qualifying times and new 15-16 team records. His LC 50 free time of 23.68 also ranks him in the nation’s top 10 and 15-16 boys USA swimming All Time Top 100. Bobo’s improvement when compared to last years’ spring NCSA was outstanding. When comparing his 2015 final placings to this year’s placings in the same events Bobo improved a whopping 429 spots!
Dad’s Club senior and Georgetown commit Jack Calderwood was instrumental in our boys’ relays. Calderwood was either lead off or anchor on all four of our relays. His missions were to give us a lead when leading off and to find a way to get his hand on the wall first when anchoring. As expected Jack delivered each and every single time. Calderwood’s top individual race came in the 100 backstroke during finals when he clocked in at a personal best of 58.69LC a new summer Jr. National qualifying time. 
With a total of 5 individual finals Cooper Wozencraft tied Bobo as our top finalist of the meet. Wozencraft’s highest placings came in the backstroke events where he earned a spot in the Championship final of the 50 and 100 back. His 100 back time of 57.83 makes him our 101st national qualifier in history! Wozencraft also reached the podium (bronze) in the 50 backstroke with a new personal best and team record of 26.67LC.
Many of the events at NCSA’s have 300+ participants which makes the competition very tight. A few tenths of a second can be the difference between making finals or being well outside the top 100.  Each year our swimmers compete among themselves to determine who moves up the most spots from their event rankings leading into the meet.

Below are our top 5 in the move up rankings.
     Total places moved up in individual events
 1st  Jack Calderwood  240*
 2nd  Audrey Orange  205
 3rd  Clayton Bobo  175
 4th  Emma Stephenson  133
 5th  Brittany Baerg  130
* Team Record - The old team record was held by Jack Calderwood with 187 spots in 2015.

Team records 
Clayton Bobo 
50 fly SC Open 22.35
100 fly SC 15-16 49.01
50 free LC 15-16 23.68 
Riley Carson 
1500 LC 17-18 16:28.50 
Emma Stephenson 
50 fly SC Open 24.51
50 fly LC Open 28.03
100 fly SC 13-14 54.70
100 fly LC 13-14 1:02.06
100 fly SC Open 54.70
100 fly LC Open 1:02.06
200 fly SC 13-14 2:03.09
Cooper Wozencraft 
50 back SC Open 22.66
50 back LC Open 26.67 
100 back SC 17-18 49.01
100 back LC 17-18 57.83
100 back SC Open 49.01
100 back LC Open 57.83
Clayton Bobo, Jack Calderwood, Will Kallmeyer, Cooper Wozencraft 
Boys open 200 Medley Relay 1:34.38
Boys open 200 free Relay 1:24.23

Coach Rey meets with the boys before one of the relays. 

Clayton's Bobo 200 fly in Lane 2 (from far end)

Emma Stephenson's 100 fly in Lane 5 (green suit)

Cooper Wozencraft 50 backstroke in Lane 3

Clayton Bobo 50 free in Lane 7 (closest)