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TAGS (final update)

posted Mar 9, 2012, 9:24 PM by DCST Webmaster   [ updated Mar 11, 2012, 10:09 PM ]
Congratulations to all our swimmers competing at the Texas Age Group State Championships (TAGS) at the CISD Natatorium in Shenandoah, Texas.

9-10 girls – Kelsie Stephenson, Olivia Cone, Laura Lei, Syuen See and Ellie McLeod
11-12 girls – Alyvia Beaudion, Jade Kemp, Juliette Farmer and Sophie Newell
13-14 girls – Alex Buscher, Meghan Parsons, Caddie Dull, Erika Stephenson, Elena Skaribas, Jordan Clark, Annie Miller, Christina Moreno, Tara Virginillo
11-12 boys – Vincent Huang and Cory Stephenson
13-14 boys – Jack Calderwood, Mathew Delgado, Parker Hranicky, and Cooper Wozencraft

Sunday

Dad's Club finishes 10th in combined team scores, and 7th for the Girls! This is the first time Dad's Club swimmers place in the top ten since 2002.

The coaches are very proud of all the swimmers and their combined effort throughout the weekend.

Making finals on Sunday were:
    • Cooper Wozencraft (14th) and Jordan Clark (10th) in the 200 back.
    • Alyvia Beaudion in the 100 free (3rd)
    • Annie Miller (13th) in 100 Free
    • Alex Buscher 100 free (2nd) and 200 IM (2nd)
Once again our relays stepped up and delivered big points for the team.
  • The 10 & Under girls Olivia Cone, Syuen See, Kelsie Stephenson, and Laura Lei placed 9th in the 200 medley.
  • The 13-14 girls Jordan Clark, Tara Virginillo, Alex Buscher and Annie Miller broke their 5th relay record of the weekend with a 3rd place finish in the 400 medley relay. 
  • The B relay of Elena Skaribas, Meghan Parsons, Erika Stephenson and Caddie Dull did their part with an 11th place finish in the same event. 

Dad's Club returns home with 15 new team records, many new Sectional and NCSA junior national qualifying times as well as countless personal best from all our swimmers.


Saturday

Dad’s Club holds onto 10th place on day three!

The Dad’s Club swimmers' efforts earn them 6 additional team records and 8 individual final swims on Saturday night.

The 13-14 girls once again lead the team with top 4 finishes in both the 200 free relay (1:38.93) and 200 medley relay (1:51.26).  Both swims set a new team record.

Joining the record breaking streak, the 13-14 boys break a 41 year old team record in the 200 medley relay. Jack Calderwood, Parker Hranicky, Cooper Wozencraft, and Mathew Delgado placed 18th with a time of 1:48.56.

Syuen See and Ellie McLeod represented us well in the 10 & Under division. Both swimmers made finals in the 50 breast and achieved personal best times.

Our leading 11-12 girl, Alyvia Beaudion, had a busy night with 3 individual final swims. Beaudion placed 5th in the 200IM, 4th in the 100 fly, and 3rd in the 50 free. Her prelim time in the 50 free of 24.92 earned her a 4th team record and her first Sectionals qualifying time.

Alex Buscher,  Caddie Dull,  Annie Miller, and Tara Virginillo  accumulated more points for the team in the 13-14 girls division. Buscher earned bronze in the 200 fly and placed 8th in the 500 free. Her prelim time of 5:02.50 in the 500 earned her a 4th individual team record. Virginillo, a breaststroke specialist, placed 8th in the 200 breast.  Miller put together an outstanding race in the 50 free. Her time of 23.89 placed her 4th and broke the old team standard set back in 2001. In the 500 free, Dull moved up 4 spots (16th-12th) and earned her first Sectionals qualifying standard in the process.

On the boys side, 12 year old Vincent Huang stepped up in the 200 breast and delivered a great prelim swim which earned him a place in the finals. Huang delivered once again in the finals and put together a great swim dropping 2 additional seconds from his prelim time. 



Friday

7 individual finalists, and 4 more team records fall on Day 2!

10 & under girls Syuen See and Ellie McLeod finaled in the 100 breast. They were joined by team mates Olivia Cone and Kelsie Stephenson in the 400 free relay which placed 11th overall.

12 year old Alyvia Beaudion placed 5th in the 100 breast and broke her second Dad’s Club record of the meet by placing 6th in the 200 fly with a time of 2:13.38. 

14 year old Tara Virginillo placed 4th in the 100 breast with a personal best of 1:07.92.  

Alex Buscher continued her record breaking streak by setting two new team records. The first came in the 100 fly prelims with a time of 56.77 (she finaled in 3rd place), and the second with her second place finish in the 400IM with a time of 4:29.52.

Jordan Clark and Cooper Wozencraft did their part collecting points for the team in the 100 back B finals.  Both Jordan (4th ) and Cooper  (3rd) swam life time best.

The 13&14 girls finished up a great night of swimming with yet another team record.  Alex Buscher, Jordan Clark, Erika Stephenson, and Annie Miller placed 4th with a time of 3:34.26.  Their time breaks the old Dad’s mark of 1975 by over 8 seconds. Not far behind in the standings the girls B relay Elena Skaribas, Christina Moreno, Meghan Parsons and Caddie Dull placed 12th, picking up 10 more points for the team.



Thursday

The Texas Age Group Swimming championhip (TAGS) started with a bang for our Dad's Club Swim Team.

Opening the night, Alyvia Beaudion finished 5th in the girls 11-12 500 free with a new team record of 5:15.97.

The excitement got exponentially higher when the 13-14 Girls Relay A-team obliterated the competition by a margin of 4 seconds in a dramatic and exciting final. The team lead by Alex Buscher created a comfortable lead, followed by Caddie Dull who increased the excitement and the tremendous lead to almost half a pool. Elena Skaribas continued the intense rush to first place; keeping the team at the lead. The anchor of the relay was Jordan Clark, closing an incredible and heart-pounding final with a 1st place, dropping 12 seconds from their seed time and finishing with a time of 7:41:56 adding a tremendous 40 points for DADS.

To follow up and add to the Dad's Club Swim Team success, the 13-14 Girls Relay team 'B; had a fantastic swim as well. Meghan Parsons lead the team, with Christina Moreno, Annie Miller, and anchored by Erika Stephenson. The team finsihed dropping 3 seconds from their seed time, adding 4 more point for the DADS squad.


Tuesday

The entire team, plus entourage, were pumped up by coaches Rey, Jason, and Jane during the traditional TAGS party. Everybody filled up on carbs and exchanged gift baskets with their secret pals, then listened carefully to the coaches' instructions.

In a long time, this is the largest group of elite swimmers representing Dad's Club at TAGS.

The coaches set a clear motto of having fun = swimming fast = bringing it home for the team! Let's reap the benefits of all that hard work!

Parents and siblings just stood back in amazement, marveling at the competitive chemistry. What's next? A national cut, a scholarship, or the Olympics? Stay tuned.