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Speedo Sectionals Championship Series

posted Mar 2, 2017, 10:16 AM by Rey Aguilar   [ updated Mar 4, 2017, 10:52 AM ]


Seventy teams from Texas, Louisiana, California, New York, and Mexico participated at this year’s Sectional Championships.  The meet took place on February 23rd – 26th at the Texas A&M natatorium in college station.  Sectionals is a prelim/final meet with no age group brackets. Swimmers must meet the qualifying standards in order to participate.

 

Dad’s Club placed 9th in the overall team standings.  Our girls and boys finished 7th and 6th respectively.

 

Participants

Girls

Sydney Buchman, Emma Clark, Amy Evans, Fernanda gamez, Bridie Hibbler, kaley Hoffman, Sophie Newell, Audrey Orange, Lexi Pickens, Morgen Reyna, Emma Stephenson, Clarissa Vincent, Ellie Vincent,  and Jodi Wong.

 

Boys

Jeremey Bates, Claytonbobo, Noah Czelusta, Caleb Duncan, Luke Funderburk, Christopher Hung, Brandon Mahan,  Nathan O’Neil, Nicolas Roa, Mark Shoemaker, and Cooper Wozencraft

Left to right - Jodi Wong, Fernanda Gamez, Mallory Minear, Bridie Hibbler

 


 


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

Morgan Reyna’s split in the 800 free relay - Morgan went into the meet never having been under the 2:00 barrier in the 200 free.  To say she stepped up may be an understatement. Her split time of 1:55.23 was nearly 8 seconds under her individual personal best.

Audrey Orange’s 200 free – In prelims Audrey had a valiant effort by going out hard and holding her lead to the end.  During finals Audrey tweaked her race strategy; although she still went out as fast as in prelims she was able to come back a whole 2 seconds faster on the last 50. Her time of 1:50.62 makes her the 3rd fastest Dad’s Club girl in history.

Chris Hung’s 200 breast – Chris broke the 2:10 barrier with a time of 2:08.35. This earned Chris a swim in finals and his second NCSA Junior National qualifying time.

Emma Stephenson’s 100 free, 100  fly, 100 back trifecta– Not only did Emma score in all three of these events she also broke the 15-16 and Open team records in each one of them.  Her time of 53.84 in the 100 fly makes Emma our first girl to go under 54 seconds.

 

Ellie Vincent’s and Kaley Hoffman’s  200 IM – Ellie and Kaley both had outstanding  swims during finals. Kaley took control of her heat early in the race and continued to grow her lead until the finish. In the end Kaley outswam her nearest competitor by nearly 4 seconds.  Ellie also won her finals heat, but did not take over the lead until after 125 yards. By the end of the race Ellie had put over 2 seconds between her and second place.

 

Our top individual point scorers are as followed:

Clayton Bobo 60 points, Emma Stephenson 53, and Cooper Wozencraft 34 points.

 

The following swimmers achieved new NCSA Junior National qualifying times.  

Sydney Buchman – 100 breast

Caleb Duncan – 100 free

Chris Hung – 200 breast

 

Team Records

Emma Stephenson

100 Free 15-16 – 50.09 and 100 Free Open – 50.09

100 Back 15-16 – 55.41 and 100 Back Open – 55.41

100 Fly 15-16 – 53.84 and 100 Fly Open – 53.84

200 Fly 15-16 – 2:01.47

 

Audrey Orange, Emma Stephenson, Sydney Buchman, Kaley Hoffman

400 Free Relay  - 3:26.49

 

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