One hundred nineteen TNT swimmers were among the total 193 who competed at the Raisin Age Group Invitational at Selma High School over the third weekend of September, marking the second short course swim meet of the new season, and three swimmers came away winning all events they competed in.
Visalia’s 12-year old, Layla Flores, competed in eight events, and came away unchallenged in all eight. Layla is our premier 100 meter backstroker who established herself as the fastest long course swimmer in the event for the history of the team when she competed in Utah this last summer where she set the team record for the 11-12 age division. She continues to prove herself as not only the fastest on the team, but the fastest at the meet, and not only in backstroke, but also establishing herself as a well-rounded athlete by winning all eight events.
Selma’s eight-year old Lucas Huckabay also competed in eight total events, two of them for the very first time (100 back & 200 IM), and one of those in the 10-under division (200 IM), and he still managed gold-medal performances in all events. Lucas also improved over 13 seconds in the 200 freestyle, swimming a time of 2:31.07 as an 8-year old. He is one of the few 8-under swimmers fast enough to post times on our TNT All-Time Top 100 lists for the 10-under division.
Our final sweeping performance came from 10-year old Alexa Wong who also competed in a full slate of events, and established her dominance, winning all eight. She also improved 7 of her 8 swims, the largest being over 11 seconds in the 200 IM, marking what could be a pivotal, or break-through, meet for her. Alexa has a summer birthday (June), and she is already posting times that rank among the top 10 for the team, sitting within three to four seconds from some of our team records.
Ten-year old Nicholas Vassylenko came away winning seven of his eight events, and earned a second place in his remaining one, and Nicholas was one of 25 swimmers to improve 100% of their times; his largest improvement being over 11 seconds in the 100 IM. Bryan Wong came home with the next highest number of wins, swimming to a first place finish in five of his eight, and improving over 42 seconds in the 200 IM. Other event champions included: Sienna Abernathy (winning the 100 back), Danielle Albright (100 & 200 breast), Alonso Escobedo (200 back), Noah Haworth (100 fly), Logan Huckabay (50 fly), Tanner Kelm (50 breast & 200 free), JD Koster (200 fly), Cody Nash (100 & 200 breast), Jade Perez (100 back), and Sydnee Wilson (50 breast & 100 fly).
The top 8 swimmers scored in each event, and besides those who were event champions, these included: Eric Amador, Maguire Barteau, Ella Bettencourt, Drew Black, Nathan Boudreaux, Dylan Burr, Jonna-Lee Bush, Devon Cardoza, Duncan Champagne, Ciara Clarke, Ciena Clarke, Morgan Coddington, Dante Corasco, Jasmine Corpuz, Elias Dean, Colin Duffy, Jillian Duffy, Gabriela Durtra, Nadia Garabedian, Mackenzie Garza, Lauren Geiger, Noah Gutierrez, Daniel Haley, Caolinn Hardy, Noah Haworth, Jackson Huckabay, Jonas Huckabay, Sydney King, Isabella Klawitter, Carlos Lopez, Rylee Lord, Makayla McGuire, Michael Mendoza, Bella Navarretti, Sophie Nelsen, Preston Niayesh, Ava Olson, Tyson Phillips, Joshua Ramirez, Megan Ridenour, Alex Roberts, Ivan Rodriguez, Micah Ruiz, Delbert Salvadalena, Satoshi Shinkawa, Clara Shinn, Ethan Unruh, Addia Watson, Chesney Watson, and Jacob Wheeler.
Congratulations also go to the following swimmers who improved 100% of their times: Edmond Aguinaldo, Precious Aguinaldo, Ella Betencourt, Ella Bettencourt (yes - two different swimmers), Connor Bruton, Devon Cardoza, Ciara Clarke, Elias Dean, Lorelei Dean, Colin Duffy, Kate Geiger, Toby Jones, Genoveve Mcilwaine, Jaden O’Bosky, Edward Miguel Ong, Taylor Phillips, Tyson Phillips, Parker Princewill, Ivan Rodriguez, Edward Rodriquez, Luke Vanwoudenberg, Maryn Vanwoudenberg, Nicholas Vassylenko, Matthew Wheeler, and Bryan Wong.
A total of 178 swimmers competed at the Hanford meet held at the Tulare Western pool on the second weekend of September, marking the first short course meet following this past summer’s long course season. Of these, 107 were TNT swimmers, and of the 107 TNT swimmers 41 swam in a club swim meet for their very first time, establishing baseline times that will mark the beginning of their move toward Junior Olympics, Winter and June Age Group Championships, Far Westerns, Western Zones, and well beyond. Congratulations to the following 41 swimmers for taking their first step to achieving their future dreams:
A total of 59 additional swimmers competed who had previously recorded times with the team, and well over half of them improved 100% of their times, leading the team to a 76% improvement rate. The following 34 swimmers had a perfect meet starting off the short course season as they move into the winter championship meets:
Although having competed for TNT sometime in the past, the following seven swimmers expanded their repertoire by competing in events that they had never experienced in the past. These included:
One month ago, five TNT swimmers competed at the 2016 Western Zone Age Group Championships held in Salt Lake City, Utah with CCS Head Zone Coach, Joclyn Thiessen while representing Team CCS, the All Star team that represents Central California Swimming. Our five include Visalia's Janessa Bringe (13-14), Peyton Costa (11-12), Visalia's Layla Flores (11-12), Ava Olson (10-under), and Alexa Wong (10-under).
Layla Flores was our first finalist, swimming to the championship finals in the 100 meter backstroke on day 1, and improved nearly three seconds to a 1:11.61 in the preliminary heats, swimming well under Samantha Goates team record of 1:12.24 set at the Senior Q meet in 2002. Samantha Goates is among our all-time top performers, becoming nationally ranked, competing for LSU at the D1 NCAA Championships. On day 1, Janessa Bringe earned a scoring top-16 finish swimming 10:21.83 in the time based 800 meter freestyle, and finishing 15th in the event.
Day 2 was Thursday; Alexa Wong swam to a consolation final in the 100 meter freestyle after swimming 1:13.13 in the preliminary heats on that day, and also qualified for the consolation heat in the 200 IM. Peyton Costa also made the consolation heat, swimming a 2:36.03 in the preliminary heats, and then winning the consolation heat with a time of 2:33.48.
On day 3, Ava Olson advances to the consolation final of the 100 meter breaststroke, improving her time by nearly two seconds to a 1:34.80, and finishing 15th in that final heat. Layla Flores sat in the 1st alternate position of the same event after swimming her best time of 1:24.28, and then went on to place 10th in the 50 meter backstroke improving her preliminary swim to a 33.54, after swimming her fastest time of 33.82 in the prelims.
Day 4 resulted in Layla Flores not only being the only TNT swimmer to improve 100% of her times, the only TNT swimmer to advance to a championship top-8 final heat, but also earned the most second swims for any TNT swimmer as she competed in the 11-12 200 meter breaststroke event, and improved her time by over two seconds to a 3:01.74, and finished 15th in the event. Layla was joined as a finalist for the day by Ava Olson, competing in her first Zone meet, and second final event, where her time of 1:20.21 was enough for a 14th place finish there, and an improvement from her preliminary swim.
Swimmers who are eligible annually submit their information for consideration as a USA Swimming Scholastic All America athlete. Swimmers are eligible beginning their sophomore year in high school, and must maintain a 3.5 grade point average, in addition to achieving a challenging time standard in at least one event. Mallory Korenwinder is one of three swimmers throughout all of Central California Swimming who are on the list for this past academic year, and she remained on the list for all three years of eligibility. Mallory had posted the eighth fastest time in the nation for the 100 yard breaststroke during this past high school year with her time of 1:01.14. She is the most recent of the three TNT swimmers in the history of the team who achieved the USA Swimming Academic All-America recognition all three years, joining Kyle Grissom, Nathan Rhae and Chris Nolan as those who had reached the milestone all three years to date. For the 2013-2014 academic year, TNT alone fielded four swimmers onto the list, and included: Owen Ansel, Lauren Davis, Kyle Grissom, and Mallory Korenwinder. In the 2012-2013 school year, TNT alone presented six swimmers that included: Lauren Davis, Emily Goodbar, Kyle Grissom, Jillian Hatch, Mallory Korenwinder, and Chris Nolan, establishing TNT swimmers as balancing their focus on both academic and athletic accomplishments to a degree beyond any other team within Central California Swimming in most recent years. Annually, swimmers from Central California Swimming represent only a handful of recipients, and this year totals only three throughout CCS, a geographical region that spans Bakersfield in the south, to Merced in the north, and from Ridgecrest in the east to Coalinga in the west. Past TNT recipients also included: Colin Landweer, Bradley Matsumoto, Patrick Ota, and Kellie West.
Swimmers should contact their coach, or Phil, on qualifying criteria, and application timelines in case of questions. Time standards can be found in the TNT Swimmer Handbook, and at www.tritonswim.org.
Two of three swimmers competing at Futures made their first appearance at the meet, qualifying only weeks prior to the swim meet. Visalia's Mackenzie Garza qualified for the meet while competing at Sectionals the previous weekend, and came away with the team's only time improvement by swimming a time of 2:24.84 in the event. She achieved her Futures cut in the 50 meter freestyle while at Sectionals.
Attending her second Futures meet is Visalia's veteran, Megan Ridenour who swam to the highest place of any TNT swimmer at the meet, placing 71st in the 100 meter breaststroke with a time of 1:17.42. Megan attended the inaugural Futures meet in Oregon last summer.
Our youngest qualifier was 13-year old Danielle Albright, and her highest finish was 74th in the 200 meter breaststroke where she swam a time of 2:51.13. Danielle qualified for the meet in the 100 meter breaststroke while competing at the LA Invitational in mid-July.
As a result of their performances over the summer, all three swimmers qualify for travel funding.
Five TNT swimmers represented our program at the Senior Zone meet held in Clovis over the August 2nd weekend, and Selma’s Aubrey Holbert, along with Preston Niayesh, both earned second swims in their respective events. Preston earned his final swim in the 100 meter breaststroke event after swimming a time of 1:10.49 in the preliminary heats to earn a 5th place spot in the C-final. Preston finished sixth in the heat, placing 22nd overall in the event after improving his preliminary swim to a 1:10.05.
Two swimmers improved one time each, and both improved events were the 100 meter backstroke. Selma’s Aubrey Holbert swam a lifetime best of 1:10.10 to finish 27th overall during the preliminary heats of the event, fast enough to scratch into the C-final where she finished 24th overall. Fourteen year old Alex Roberts was our youngest contender at age fourteen, and she improved her 100 meter backstroke over a second to a 1:11.30, and finishing 57th in the event.
Visalia’s Lauren Geiger finished 88th as her highest place, and this was in the 100 meter backstroke (1:12.86), while Micah Ruiz’s highest finish was 173rd in the 50 meter freestyle (27.32) event.