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NCSA Jr. Nationals

posted Oct 18, 2018, 1:02 PM by Rey Aguilar

The Dad’s Club national team traveled to Indianapolis for this past summers’ NCSA Jr. National Long Course Championship. The meet was held on July 31st through August 4th at the IUPUI Natatorium.

Dad’s Club placed 14th out of over 100 teams from across the country.




Isabella Alas, Aria Bernal, Sophia Bernal, Sydney Buchman, Emma Clark, Amy Evans, Olivia gore, Ellie Mcleod, Sophie Newell, Lexi Pickens, Emma Stephenson, and Emma Venghaus


Jeremy Bates, Reed Casper, Noah Czelusta, Jeffrey De Groot, Caleb Duncan, Luke Funderburke, Andreas mason, Will Sampson, Mark shoemaker, and Max Zuanich


Swims of the Sessions

We continued our national group tradition of recognizing the best performance of each session at national level meets. There are many factors in choosing the best swim of the session which include: time dropped, placing, splitting, execution of the race, overcoming obstacles, etc.



-         Prelims – Emma Clark got the team off to a great start with a huge drop in the 200 backstroke. Her time of 2:19.40 was a new 15-16 team record and a winter junior national qualifying time. She also earned herself a second swim in the B finals.

-         Finals – Ellie McLeod’s 50 free splits in the 200 medley and 200 free relays of 25.89 and 25.80 made her the only swimmer to achieve this feat at the meet.


-         Prelims – Will Sampsons’ 100 breast’s time of 1:09.30 marked the first time he broke the 1:10 barrier.

-         Finals – Noah Czelusta’s 100 breast winter Jr. National cut. His time of 1:06.40 made him the second fastest 15-16 year old boy in Dad’s history.


-         Prelims – Jeff  De Groot’s execution of the 200 free. His splitting and race strategy were a big improvement from any other 200 he had done earlier in the season.

-         Finals – Aria Bernal’s 100 back time of 1:03.08 made her the fastest Dad’s Club girl in history. Her effort also won her the bronze medal.


-         Prelims – Sydney Buchman’s 2 second drop in the 100 fly. Although considered one of her off events, Sydney stepped up and had an amazing race from beginning to end.

-         Finals – Emma Stephenson’s 100 fly time of 1:01.42 made her the fastest 100 flyer in Dad’s Club history. Her time also earned her a 4th overall finish.


-         Prelims – Ellie McLeod’s swim in the 50 free. Ellie attempted a risky new race strategy which ended up working for her. Her swim earned her a place in the championship finals. 

-         Finals – Aria Bernal’s gold medal performance in the 50 back.  The win makes Aria only our 3rd Dad’s Club Swimmer to win an individual event at NCSA Jr Nationals. (1st Cooper Wozencraft 50 back in 2016 , 2nd Clayton Bobo 100 free in 2016)

                                 Aria Bernal's Lane 4 50 Backstroke 


Team Records

Emma Clark:

-         200 back 15-16 – 2:19.40

Emma Stephenson:

-         50 fly open – 27.63

-         100 fly 17-18 – 1:01.42

-         100 fly open – 1:01.42

Ellie McLeod:

-         50 free 15-16- 26.36

-         100 free 15-16- 56.64

-         100 free open- 56.64

Aria Bernal:

-         50 back open- 28.89

-         100 back 17-18- 1:03.08

-         100 back open- 1:03.08

Noah Czelusta :

-         200 breast 15-16 – 2:24.43

Jeremey Bates

-         50 breast open

Aria Bernal, Sydney Buchman, Emma Stephenson, Ellie McLeod

-         200 medley relay open – 1:57.11

Emma Stephenson, Ellie Mcleod, Lexi Pickens, Isabella Alas

-         200 free relay open – 1:46.47

Elle McLeod, Emma Stephenson, Isabella Alas, Sophie Newell

-         400 free relay- 3:55.41

Aria Bernal, Sydney Buchman, Emma Stephenson, Ellie Mcleod

-          400 Medley relay – 4:19.46


Gulf Records

Aria Bernal, Sydney Buchman, Emma Stephenson, Ellie McLeod

-         200 medley relay open – 1:57.11