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In the last CCS scheduled short course meet of the year Allyson Duffy was among 22 TNT swimmers who improved 100% of their times. She had placed 2nd in the 1650 freestyle event at the meet for all 11-12 year old girls, and her time of 18:49.56 now appears to stand as the second fastest in the history of Central California Swimming among any 11-12 girl who swam the event for CCS. The CCS record prior to the weekend was held by Corrie Payne who swam 18:53.99 in 2002 for Bakersfield Swim Club. Allysons success is attributed to the foundational training offered in Hanford by Coach Rhonda Shaw. Congratulations to both Allyson and Rhonda for their efforts leading to a swim that is under the CCS Record. Needless to say, Allysons time now stands as the current TNT team record for the event. The previous team record was held by Brianna Fleeman who swam 20:03.39 at the Tulare meet in February of this year (2010). Allysons time currently stands as the 89th fastest time in the nation for 12-year old girls.
One additional team record was broken by two 11-12 girls while at the Tulare December meet. The 11-12 girls 200 butterfly standard was previously set by Katelyn Herrera, now 13, at the All Star Q meet in January. Katelyns team record of 2:30.37 stood for nearly a year. Both Mallory Korenwinder and Mia Newkirk went under the pre-existing record. Mallory swam 2:28.16 while our current 11-12 girls 200 butterfly record holder, Mia Newkirk, swam 2:26.57. Mias time is currently the 336th fastest time on record in the nation for all 12-year old girls.
An 8-year old duo of Skylar Ford who trains in Visalia with coach Susie Edminster along with Jackson Huckabay of Selma who trains with Gary Ota were the only two TNT swimmers who swam uncontested at the meet winning all 10 event they entered. Both Skylar Ford and Jackson Huckabay outscored all other swimmers in the 7-8 division with a 24 point margin (their 90 points vs. 66 points for second place high point). Recently returning from the Holiday Festival in Arizona, Taylor Shaw of Hanford was another high point winner who led the 13-14 girls division with 57 points. Our only other high point recipient came from Hannah Giles who led the way for the 15-over girls by edging out Madie Goodvin of Roadrunner 49 points to 43 points. Runner-up high point swimmers included: Priscilla Niayesh (7- girls), Mallory Korenwinder (11-12 girls), Emily Goodbar (13-14 girls), Chris Nolan (13-14 boys) and Wes Coles (15-over boys).
In addition to Skylar Ford and Jackson Huckabay, other event champions included Wesley Coles (400 IM), Allyson Duffy (500 free), Chris Ewins (100 fly), Hannah Giles (200 back & 50 free), Emily Goodbar (400 IM, 100 back, 1650 free, 200 fly & 500 free), Mallory Korenwinder (50 fly, 400 IM, 200 breast, 100 IM & 50 breast), Colin Landweer (100 back), Mia Newkirk (100 breast), Chris Nolan (200 free, 400 IM, 200 breast & 200 fly), Nathan Rhea (200 free & 1650 free), Tenney Rizzo (100 fly) and Bobby Yribarren (50 free & 100 breast).
The team improved 63% of all times that were previously recorded with the team in events that were 50 yards or longer. Congratulations to our 22 swimmers who improved 100% of their times during the meet:
Our next championship meet for the age group level will be the Far Western meet scheduled for the March 31-April 3rd week in 2011. This meet is considered one of the most prestigious age group meets in the nation where age group teams often travel from out of state to compete. The meet sheet is currently posted on our website at http://www.tritonswim.org/calendar.html
Including performances from the most recent December Tulare meet, TNT currently has 27 Far Western Qualifiers. Our list of current qualifiers and their age at the time the meet will take place, along with the current number of event they qualify for in parenthesis, is listed here. Congratulations to all 27, and good luck to those who intend to join the list.