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posted Mar 30, 2018, 7:25 AM by Rey Aguilar
Over 80 teams from Texas, Louisiana, California, Michigan, Florida, and Colorado participated at this year’s Speedo Sectional Championships. The meet took place on March 1st-4th at the Texas A&M natatorium in College Station. Sectionals is a prelim/final championship meet with no age group divisions. All swimmers must meet the individual qualifying standards in order to participate.

Dad’s Club Placed 8th in the overall combined team standings.




Aria Bernal, Sophia Bernal, Sydney Buchman, Emma Clark, Olivia Cone, Amy Evans, Fernanda Gamez, Olivia Gore, Bridie Hibbler, Hannah Kral, Ellie McLeod, Sophie Newell, Audrey Orange, Lexi Pickens, Morgen Reyna, Claire Smith, Kate Smith, Emma Stephenson, Emma Venghaus, and Clarissa Vincent,



Jeremy Bates, Hector Bayaborda, Clayton Bobo, Reed Casper, Noah Czelusta, Caleb Duncan, Luke Funderburk, Michael Ma, Brandon Mahan, Andreas Mason, Nathan O’Neil, Brandon Quinteros, Will Sampson, Mark Shoemaker, Bob Timuruly, Joey Wendt, Justice Wenz, and Max Zuanich.


The Sectional Championships marked the end of a long championship season for many of our swimmers.  We had many outstanding swims and personal best times. Below are just a few of the highlights’:

Ellie McLeod’s 200 free – Although Ellie did not have the sectional qualifying standard in yards, she was able to enter the race with her Long Course time. Ellie had a huge drop in prelims which earned her a second swim in finals. During finals Ellie achieved a new NCSA Jr. National standard with a time of 1:52.86.

Noah Czelusta’s first individual team record – Noah surprised himself with a 4 second improvement in the 200 breast. He was already one of our strongest breaststrokers going into the meet, but his time of 2:06.38 cemented him as THE fastest 15-16 year old 200 breaststroker in Dad’s Club History.

Emma Clark’s 200 Backstroke – Emma’s 200 backstroke is noteworthy for two reasons: 1) The time drop, and 2) for the great execution of her race strategy. Emma stuck to her own strategy by controlling her first 100 and reeling in her competition on the 2nd half. Her time of 2:01.42 makes her the 2nd fastest 15-16 Dad’s Club girl in history.

Caleb Duncan’s anchor leg in the 400 medley relay - Caleb proved once again why he is one of our most reliable relay swimmers. He’s 100 free split was under the 45 second barrier with a time of 44.80. Caleb’s effort along with Clayton Bobo, Jeremy Bates, and Brandon Quinteros earned them the 400 Medley 17-18 and Open Boys team records.

Girls A, B and C 400 Medley Relays all score – The Dad’s Club ladies really stepped up in the relays. Nowhere was this more evident than in the 400 medley relay. Dad’s Club put 3 relays in scoring positions 2nd, 13th and 15th out of the 51 relay entries.

A -Aria Bernal, Bridie Hibbler, Emma Stephenson, Ellie McLeod 2nd

B- Emma Clark, Amy Evans, Claire Smith, Audrey Orange 12th

C- Emma Venghaus, Sydney Buchman, Sophia Bernal, Morgen Reyna 15th


The following swimmers achieved new NCSA Junior National qualifying times.  

Noah Czelusta -100 and 200 breast

Jeremy Bates – 100 breast

Ellie Mcleod – 200 free

Will Sampson – 200 back

Caleb Duncan – 100 back


Team Records Individual

Noah Czelusta 15-16 200 Breast 2:06.38

Aria Bernal 17-18 100 back 52.54, Open 100 Back 52.54

Clayton Bobo 17-18 200 Free 1:37.56

Emma Stephenson 15-16 200 Fly 2:00.93


Team Records Relay

Boys 17-18 Relays

400 Free Relay – Caleb Duncan, Clayton Bobo, Michael Ma, and Brandon Quinteros – 3:03.14

800 Free Relay – Clayton Bobo, Caleb Duncan,Brandon Quinteros, and Mark Shoemaker – 6:48.31

400 Medley Relay – Clayton Bobo, Jeremy Bates, Brandon Quinteros, and Caleb Duncan – 3:24.50


Girls’ Open Relays

800 Free Relay – Audrey Orange, Aria Bernal, Claire Smith, and Emma Stephenson – 7:25.51

400 Medley Relay – Aria Bernal, Bridie Hibbler, Emma Stephenson, and Ellie McLeod – 3:43.73


Boys Open Relays

400 Free Relay – Caleb Duncan, Clayton Bobo, Michael Ma, and Brandon Quinteros – 3:03.14

400 Medley Relay – Clayton Bobo, Jeremy Bates, Brandon Quinteros, and Caleb Duncan – 3:24.50