Both Alonso Escobedos (training in Hanford) time of 40.23 and Parker Giless 39.24 in the 50 meter backstroke were faster than the teams previous record of 40.46 for the 10-under boys. The previous record was set by Parker while at the Clovis meet in May of this year. Alonsos 40.23 is currently the 322nd fastest time in the nation for all 10 year old boys, while Parkers 39.24 is now the 189th fastest. Our other record breaking performance came from 12-year old Kyle Grissom training in Visalia. Kyles 30.66 in the 50 meter butterfly was fast enough for a second place finish and also broke his own pre-existing record of 31.51 that he set at the Clovis meet in May. Kyles new personal best of 30.66 is currently the 51st fastest time nationally for all 12 year old boys.
Fifteen of our 23 swimmers swam fast enough to score at the meet, placing either among the top 8 or the next 8 (9th 16th). Our seven Top-8 finishers included Owen Ansel (6th 50 breast), Hannah Giles (6th-50 free), Parker Giles (2nd-50 free, 3rd-50 breast, 4th-50 back; 4th-100 breast), Kyle Grissom (2nd-50 fly; 4th-50 breast; 7th-100 fly), Dax Korenwinder (5th-50 breast), Mallory Korenwinder (2nd-50 breast; 3rd-100 breast), and Mia Newkirk (7th-50free). Individuals who placed 9th 16th also scored at the meet, and these included the following 14 swimmers (listed along with their top-16 place finish): Allyson Duffy (16th), Madison Ekizian (11th), Alonso Escobedo (9th, 9th, 9th, 10th, 13th & 15th), Hannah Giles (16th), Parker Giles (12th & 14th), Kyle Grissom (14th & 14th), Katelyn Herrera (15th), Dax Korenwinder (11th), Mallory Korenwinder (16th & 16th), Colin Landweer (15th), Michael Mason (13th, 14th & 15th), Mia Newkirk (10th, 11th, 13th, & 14th), Preston Niayesh (10th & 11th), and Chris Nolan (11th, 14th, 14th, & 15th).
Twenty three TNT swimmers who traveled to Ventura to compete at this years June Age Group Invitational maintained a team improvement percentage of 47%. Mia Newkirk along with Ethan Torosian both improved 100% of the times they swam at the meet. Khloe McCarthy, swimming the most events at the meet, maintained the third highest improvement percentage at 86%, followed by Alonso Escobedo (83%), Kyle Grissom (83%) and Michael Mason (67%). Six additional swimmers improved half of their times at the meet, and these included: Madison Ekizian, Parker Giles, Katelyn Herrera, Makenna Mason, and Christopher Nolan.