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NCSA Junior Nationals

posted Sep 25, 2019, 11:53 AM by Rey Aguilar
The National group swimmers traveled to Indianapolis for this year’s NCSA Jr. Nationals. The meet was held at the IUPUI Natatorium on August 6th-10th.

Our swimmers placed 10th in the overall team scores out of over 100 teams from across the country. This is the highest placing Dad’s Club has achieved in the history of the meet.




Isabella Alas, Sydney Buchman, Emma Clark, Ellie McLeod, Sophie Newell, Lexi Pickens, Sydney Smith, and Megan Zuanich


David Alas, Alex Culligan, Noah Czelusta, Trey Fischbach, Andreas Mason, Luke Reed, Will Sampson, Bob Timuruly, Justice Wenz, and Max Zuanich.



Individual Finalists

Isabella Alas 50 free, 100 free

Sydney Buchman 100 breast

Emma Clark 100 back, 200 back

Noah Czelusta 50 fly,100 fly  100 breast, 200 breast, 200 IM

Andreas Mason 50 fly , 100 fly

Ellie McLeod 50 free, 100 free, 50 breast, 100 breast

Sydney Smith 100 free

Max Zuanich 50 back


Swim of the session

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



-          Prelims – Isabella Alas’ 100 free.  This was Alas’ first Winter Jr. National qualifying time and her first time under 58 seconds.  Her time of 57.66 is also a 13-14 team record.

-          Finals – Sydney Smith’s 100 free. Smith joined Alas in getting her first Winter Jr. National time and breaking the 58 second barrier.


-          Prelims – Will Sampson’s 100 back. Will swam a best time, executed and split his race better than before all while making new tweaks to his stroke.

-          Finals – Noah Czelusta’s 100 breast. This was Czelusta’s first A final at a national level meet. His time of 1:04.75 was also a new 17-18 team record.


-          Prelims – Bob Timuruly’s 200 free. Timuruly made big improvements on his race execution from the previous 200 free he swam the night before during the 800 free relay.

-          Finals – David Alas’ anchor in the 400 free relay.  Alas stepped up as the anchor of the 400 free relay. His split of 53.87 was his first sub 55 and 54 split!


-          Prelims – Andreas Mason’s 100 fly.  This was Mason’s first Winter Jr. National cut. His effort also earned him a second swim in finals.

-          Finals – Noah Czelusta 100 fly. Noah achieved a Summer Jr. National cut and became only the 3rd 17-18 swimmer in Dad’s Club history to break the 56 sec barrier.


-          Prelims – David Alas, Andreas Mason, Sophie Newell, and Lexi Pickens last swim before college.  All four swimmers had their last swim before going off to college within 10 minutes of each other.  Witnessing a swimmer’s last swim before they go off to college is special, but having four in a row made it extra emotional.

-          Finals – Noah Czelusta’s 200 IM. Noah earned a 3rd swim of the session by swimming a phenomenal 200 IM in the Championship final. His time of 2:07.54 ranks him as the 3rd fastest 17-18 Dad’s Club boy in history.



Team Records


Isabella Alas – 13-14 50 free 26.62

                          13-14 100 free 57.66


Ellie Mcleod – 17-18 100 free 56.75

                           Open 50 breast 32.70


Noah Czelusta – 17-18 100 breast 1:04.75

                             17-18 200 breast 2:23.49



Isabella Alas, Ellie Mcleod, Megan Zuanich, Sydney Smith -Girls Open 200 free relay 1:46.27


Ellie Mcleod, Isabella Alas, Sydney Smith, Megan Zuanich - Girls Open 400 free relay 3:51.32


Special thanks go out to our parent chaperons – Wai-Kwan Alas and Annette Zuanich.