Sam Hansen became our only championship finalist at the Clovis Senior Q meet that was host to over 300 swimmers primarily from Pacific Swimming. With his championship finish, Sam became the highest point-getter on our team with 17 points in two scoring events. Sam became our championship finalist by swimming 4:19.10 in the preliminary heats of the 400 IM, which was fast enough for a 10th place finish, where he was then moved to the championship heat. He then advanced from 9th to 8th while there. Sam led off the first day of the Senior Q meet with a 10:11.32 in the 1000 freestyle which was fast enough for an 11th place finish that placed TNT in eighth place after the first day of the meet. Sam shaves a half second off of his 100 fly with a 59.37 and 46th place finish. Sam nearly swims under the minute with his 1:00.06 which was fast enough for a 26th place finish in the C-final.
Nathan Rhea was our next highest scorer as he earned three points in the 200 fly event, improving just over a second with a 2:06.24 which took him into finals in 17th place. While in the B finals, Nathan improved nearly three additional seconds and moved to 14th place with a time of 2:03.83. Nathan nearly broke the 2 minute mark with his 2:01.99 in the 200 IM and finished 13th in that event.
Sprinter Colin Landweer who resides in Lemoore and trains in Tulare swam a total of 13 races at the meet, and on days would swim six times. His scoring event came in the 500 freestyle where his 4:53.81 in the preliminary heats and 16th place consolation swim earned a point for the overall team total, and more importantly, became his second Sectional cut. His bonus final events included: 100 free (27th 50.16), 100 fly (25th 56.88), 100 breast (24th– 1:06.25) and 200 IM (24th– 2:06.98).
Wesley Coles swam his first sub-5 minute time in the 500 yard freestyle, and did so twice with a 4:59.19 in the preliminary heats, getting close enough to scratch into the bonus final heat where he finished 21st with a 4:56.61. Wesley Coles had the largest improvement of over 11 seconds in the 400 IM where he earned a C-final spot with a 4:28.29 and finished 26th in that event.
Jordan Morillo, currently training with Fresno State, returned from her conference meet and swam 4 seconds faster in the 200 freestyle to a 2:01.71. Jordan just missed the team record in the 100 fly with her 1:00.88 and 28th place finish from the preliminary heats. Jordan Morillo broke the team record in the 100 yard breaststroke with a 1:08.95 and swam to a 17th place finish in the preliminary heats. The previous record was set by Katherine Bristow in December of 2008 at the Tulare meet.
Thirteen year old Christopher Nolan was one of the youngest male swimmers competing at the meet, and earned a second swim in the bonus heat for the 200 butterfly event where he swam a life-time best of 2:11.37 and finished 23rd. Among the other events that Chris swam, he also time trialed his 100 breaststroke, and swam well under the 1:09.09 time standard for the Q meet, and also achieved an additional Far Western cut with his 1:08.39. Chris also swam to a 11nd place finish in the 1000 freestyle with a 11:01.56.
Eleven year old Mallory Korenwinder swam the 200 breaststroke and finished 53rd with a 2:43.98. Mallory time trialed the 50 freestyle and just missed the minimum time standard for the meet with her 27.77. Twelve year old Brianna Fleeman joined the ranks of the senior swimmers and swam near her best time in the 100 freestyle with a 1:00.96. Allison Ross competed in one individual event and one time trial, and improved her 200 free time trial event by nearly 3 seconds (2:12.79). Her individual event was the 50 free where she swam 27.75.