Five of our 14 TNT swimmers who competed at the Pacific Swimming Senior Meet over the second weekend of November earned second swims in the championship, consolation or bonus final heat. Our championship swims were led by Sam Hansen who finished in the top-10 championship heat for three events: 5th in the 200 breaststroke (2:13.37), 7th in the 1650 freestyle (16:46.20), and 9th in the 500 freestyle (4:50.17). The only other top-5 finish came from Thomas Brown who finished 5th in the 50 yard freestyle (21.77). Nathan Rhea was our other championship finalist, finishing 8th in the 400 IM (4:12.48).
Swimmers earning additional second swims included Thomas Brown 100 free (21st – 47.76); Wesley Coles 200 fly (16th – 2:00.43), 100 fly (17th 54.04), 500 free (26th 4:57.95) & 100 breast (29th 1:04.23); Sam Hansen 100 breast (19th 1:01.40) & 200 IM (29th 2:03.11); Colin Landweer 50 free (22nd 22.49), 200 free (25th 1:48.79) & 200 IM (30th 2:03.20) and Nathan Rhea 200 IM (13th 1:59.73), 500 free (16th 4:55.14), 200 breast (21st 2:13.81), 200 fly (22nd 2:02.50) & 100 breast (22nd 1:02.96).
Two team records were set at the meet, each by the same swimmer. Fifteen year old Nathan Rhea broke the team record in both the 200 and 400 IM events. Nathans first event of the meet was the 400 IM where he swam to a 4:12.48, breaking Jared Hoppers record of 4:16.38 that was set at the Winter Invitational in December of 2004. Nathans time is currently the 84th fastest time in the nation for all 15 year old boys. His second record came in the 200 IM where his time of 1:59.73 was fast enough to edge out Jared Hoppers 2:00.86 that was also set at the Winter Invite meet in 2004. Nathans sub 2-minute 200 IM time is now the 194th fastest on record in the nation for all 15 year old males.
Emily Goodbar, training in Selma, qualified and attended the meet where she had improved all 3 events she had entered. Alex Hansen swam away with the largest improvement in a 200 yard or shorter event with over 13 seconds improved in the 200 breaststroke, and improved 3 of his 4 events. Mallory Koenwinder made her second appearance, now at age 12, and improved 2 of 4 events. Tenney Rizzo attended the meet for her first time and also improved 2 of 3 events, while Christopher Nolan swam a lifetime best in the 100 butterfly event along with Allison Ross who improved her 200 breaststroke event. Also attending the meet were Hannah Giles, Cori Hoover and Katelyn Herrera (who recorded her first 1000 yard freestyle time).