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International Meet, Florida

posted Jun 25, 2013, 8:22 PM by DCST Webmaster   [ updated Jun 26, 2013, 6:39 PM by Rey Aguilar ]
Dad’s Club traveled to Fort Lauderdale for the 2013 Swim Fort Lauderdale International Invite. The meet was held on June 21st-24th at the Fort Lauderdale Hall of Fame Aquatic Complex.

Participating in the meet were:

13-14 Girls

Juliette Farmer, Christina Moreno, Meg Meliet, Mallory Menier and Ellie Vincent.

13-14 Boys

John Gahn, Vincent Huang, Nicolas Roa and Cory Stephenson

15-16 Girls

Melissa Brill, Briana Burns, Sara Jane Gage, Meghan Parsons, Elena Skaribas and Erica Stephenson

15-16 Boys

Jack Calderwood, Riley Carson and Tom Cassidy

Open Girls

Alexandra Buscher (15), Jamison Carson, Shannon Peifer, Elizabeth Prasse and Kamryn Pursell

Open Boys

Grant Kirchhofer, Nathan Tresch and Cooper Wozencraft (14).

We had many season best times, Dad’s Club top 10 swims and team records. This year’s competition included teams from all over the U.S and seven different countries.

The 13-14 girls 4x200 relay of Christina Moreno, Ellie Vincent, Juliette Farmer and Meg Meliet got us off to a great start with our first 1st place finish of the meet.  It was Dad’s Club all the way as Vincent, Farmer and Meliet built on the early lead teammate Moreno provided.

Alexandra Buscher continued to add her name into our record books.  Her first record came in the 15-16 800 free with a time of 9:02.73 (Speedo Junior Cut). She later went on to break the 15-16 100 & 200 free records. Her win in the 200 free was one of the most solid performances in the competition; Buscher’s time of 2:03.12 was a new meet record and a U.S Open qualifying time. Her overall efforts earned her the high point award in the women’s Open division.

15 year olds Jack Calderwood and Riley Carson excelled in the distance events. Carson’s time of 17:09.51 (5th place) was over a one-minute drop from his personal best and just a few seconds shy of the sectional standard. Calderwood went on to score some big points in the backstroke and mid distance events. His 100 and 200 free were new sectional time standards and rank him 8th and 5th respectively in the Dad’s Club All Time Top Ten for the 15-16 boys. 

Cooper Wozencraft was our leading boy in the open division. At only 14 years old Wozencraft was eligible to compete in the 13-14 or Open divisions. Even though he was sure to have much success in the younger age group he chose to compete with much older and more experienced swimmers. Wozencraft managed to make finals in each of the three backstroke events. This experience is sure to help in preparation of the upcoming NCSA Junior Nationals in which there are no age groups. 

A special congratulation goes out to the following swimmers who achieved 100% best times. Cory Stephenson (13), Nicolas Roa (13) , Juliette Farmer (14), John Gahn (14), and Meg Meliet (14).

Stephenson and Roa both made multiple finals in the 13-14 boys division. Stephenson’s times in the 100 & 200 breast earned him his first 13-14 individual TAGS qualifying standards. 

Other notable swims include Mallory Minear's 37 second drop in the 800 free and a pair of 200 breaststrokers Grant Kirchhofer and Sara Jane Gage. Kirchhofer's time of 2:40.23 is his first sectional qualifying standard and Sara Jane Gage's surprise last minute swim off (emphases on last minute) helped her drop an additional second to her already impressive prelim drop. 

Individual finalist:

Alexandra Buscher - 50, 100, 200, 400 and 800 free, 100 fly, 100 back and 200IM.

Briana Burns- 50, 100 & 200 breast and 50 back

Jack Calderwood - 100, 200, 400 and 1500 free, 100 and 200 back. 

Riley Carson - 1500

Vincent Huang – 100 free

Christina Moreno - 800 free

Meghan Parsons - 50 fly and 400IM

Shannon Peifer – 50 breast

Elizabeth Prasse - 50, 100 & 200 free, 50,100 & 200 back, 50 breast and 200 IM.

Nicolas Roa - 50 and 100 back

Corey Stephenson - 50, 100 and 200 breast

Erika Stephenson – 200 free

Ellie Vincent – 200 breast and 800 free

Cooper Wozencraft - 50, 100 and 200 back.