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NCSA Jr. Nationals

posted Aug 8, 2016, 8:33 PM by Rey Aguilar   [ updated Aug 14, 2016, 4:35 PM ]

The Dad's Club National Team swimmers traveled to Indianapolis IN. for the NCSA Jr. National Championships. The meet was held from August 9th -13th at the famed Indiana University Natatorium. NCSA Jr. Nationals hosts some of the strongest teams from across the country. 

 This was Dad’s Club’s best showing ever at an NCSA National meet. Our swimmers placed 11th overall in the combined team standings.  Our boys placed 8th with 435 points and our girls placed 19th with 156 points.

 

Girls

Brittany Baerg, Kaley Hoffman, Sophie Newell, Audrey Orange, Ellen Pack, Emma Stephenson, and Clarissa Vincent. 

 Boys

Jeremy Bates, Clayton Bobo, William Kallmeyer, Jacob Won, Cooper Wozencraft, and James Zetka. 

 Our swimmers got off to a great start. Both girls and boys 200 medley and 200 free relays moved up significantly in the standings on day one of competition.


200 Medley Relay

Kaley Hoffman, Clarissa Vincent, Emma Stephenson, and Audrey Orange set the tone of the meet in the first event of the evening with a huge swim in the 200 medley relay. The girls came into the meet seeded 20th overall and ended up in 11thplace after turning in four solid splits.

Our boys (Cooper Wozencraft, Jeremey Bates, Clayton Bobo, and Will Kallmeyer) followed up with another great swim also in the 200 medley relay. Their efforts moved them up from 11th to a 3rd place finish. Their time of 1:46.61 is also a new team record.

200 Free Relay

The girls once again moved up a several places from their rankings to finish in 12th place. The relay consisted of Stephenson who got us off to a great start, Orange who was our standout relay swimmer of the day, Sophie Newell who increased our lead, and Hoffman one of our most dependable relay anchors.

Our boys returned to the podium with another bronze medal swim. This time it was James Zetka who joined Kallmeyer, Wozencraft and Bobo to break our second boys relay team record of the evening with a time of 1:36.13.

 

Boys 200 medley Relay - Will Kallmeyer, Jeremy Bates, Clayton Bobo and Cooper Wozencraft.


Sophie Newell broke the 1:00 barrier in the 100 free during the prelim heats. This makes Sophie our 17th girl to go under the 1:00 barrier mark in Dad’s Club history. Great job Sophie!

Emma Stephenson reached the Championship final in the women’s 50 butterfly. This gave Stephenson the opportunity to square off against some of the best flyers in the nation. Her finals performance moved her up from 8th to 6th. Way to go Emma!

James Zetka a future Grand Valley State Laker reached the finals in the 50 backstroke. Zetka slipped under the 29.0 mark with a time of 28.97 during his finals performance.

Clarissa Vincent also earned herself a second individual swim. Vincent placed 29th in the D final of the 50 breaststroke. This was Vincent’s first Jr. National meet final in her career.

Will Kallmeyer who was instrumental in our boys relays joined in the fun by making the individual 50 free and 50 breast finals. Kallmeyer’s other notable swims include:

-      His 24.41 split as lead off in the 200 free relay. His time was just .02 shy of the Speedo Winter Jr. National cut.

-      His tough as nails anchor leg in the 400 medley relay. The Dad’s Club boys were virtually tied with the lead when Kallmeyer jumped in for the final leg. Our boys and the other leading team were stroke for stroke the entire final 100. Ultimately it was Kallmeyer who came out victories in what was one of our most exciting relay swims of the meet.

Audrey Orange reached the individual finals in two separate occasions.

-      Orange’s first individual final came in the 100 breast. Her final’s performance of 1:14.83 earned her the win in the D final and a new Winter Jr. Nationals Bonus cut.

-      Her 2nd final of the meet came in the 50 breast. Once again Orange found a way to get her hands on the wall first. Her time of 33.82 was a new Open team record and makes her the first Dad’s Club girl to break 34sec in the event.


Cooper Wozencraft showed how resilient he is after making multiple individual finals while battling an illness throughout the entire week. Some of Wozencraft’s best swims include:

-      A championship final spot in the 50 fly. Wozencraft joined team mate Bobo in the same final.

-      His 3rd places finish in the 100 backstroke. His time of 57.68 earned him a new 17-18 and open team record.

-      His win in the 50 backstroke! Wozencraft become our 2nd individual champion of the meet. Not bad for being sick the whole week.

 

Clayton Bobo had one of the strongest meets in his career. Bobo earned himself second swims in each of the 7 individual events he participated in. Some of his most noteworthy swims of the meet include:

-      A 3rd place finish in the 50 fly with a new open team record of 25.14.

-      His 100 backstroke time of 58.51 broke the coveted 1:00 barrier.

-      His 200 free win in the B final with a new personal best of 1:53.83. The time is a new Speedo Summer Juniors qualifying time and a new 15-16 Dad’s Club Team Record. Our previous team record was held by 1988 & 1992 U.S Olympian Doug Gjertsen.  

-      His win in the 100 freestyle. Bobo became our first NCSA Jr. National Champion in the history of the meet!  His swim of 50.83 was not only good enough for gold, but is also a new Texas 15-16 State record. The swim also ranks him 15th in the top 100 U.S performances in history for the 15-16 age group.


     

Team Records

 

Audrey Orange

50 breaststroke Open 33.82

 

Will Kallmeyer

50 breaststroke Open 31.50

 

Cooper Wozencraft

100 back 17-18 57.68

100 back Open 57.68

 

Clayton Bobo

100 free 15-16 50.83

100 free Open 50.83

200 fre 15-16 1:53.83

50 fly Open 25.14

100 fly 15-16 56.00

 

Will Kallmeyer, Clayton Bobo, Cooper Wozencraft, and James Zetka

Open 200 Free Relay 1:36.13


 Cooper Wozencraft, Jeremy Bates, Clayton Bobo, and Will Kallmeyer

Open 200 Medley Relay 1:46.61 



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