Mar 232011

Video thumbnail. Click to play
Click to Play
Although the 48 member TNT team outscored Clovis during individual events going into the final day (TNT 1,491 to Clovis 1,484), the 87 athletes of Clovis became a factor in relays that brought the 7 point TNT advantage from individual events after day 2, to an overall team point difference of 1,100 by the end of the 3-day meet.Tule Nation Triton swimmers placed 2nd behind Clovis Swim Club. The two teams were among 26 teams that competed at the 2011 Short Course Junior Olympic Championships held at Clovis North during the second weekend of March. Tritons fell 59 points short of Clovis’s 2,427 point total resulting from individual events alone. Our 2,368 points from individual events were led by high point recipients Jackson Huckabay (113 points by 8-year old male training in Selma with Gary Ota), 10-under Dax Korewnwinder (134 points), 11-12 Amber Khieralla (134 points by Bakersfield swimmer developed by Jerry and Carol Hill), and 13-14 year old Christopher Nolan (134 points), along with runner-up high point swimmers: Priscilla Niayesh (8-under), Ian Belflower (8-under from Bakersfield) and Mallory Korenwinder (11-12).


Strong individual event performances resulted in twelve TNT event champions for the 2011 SC Junior Olympics:

  • Bre Abell (age 14): 100 fly (1:02.31)
  • Danielle Albright, 8: 50 breast (47.31)
  • Ian Belflower, 7: 50 fly (37.38), 50 back (39.32)
  • Allyson Duffy, age 12: 500 free (5:24.96)
  • Jackson Huckabay, age 8: 100 free (1:11.70), 100 IM (1:22.43), 50 breast (43.82), 50 free (31.99)
  • Jonas Huckabay, age 10: 100 free (1:06.60)
  • Amber Khieralla, age 12: 100 back (1:01.79), 100 free (56.97), 50 fly (27.93), 50 back (28.45), 50 free (26.59)
  • Dax Korenwinder, age 10: 200 IM (2:36.82), 100 breast (1:19.27), 100 IM (1:13.51), 100 fly (1:13.80), 50 breast (37.90)
  • Mallory Korenwinder, age 12: 200 IM (2:18.64), 100 breast (1:09.96), 100 IM (1:05.43), 50 breast (32.69)
  • Priscilla Niayesh, age 8: 50 fly (37.90)
  • Preston Niayesh, age 10: 50 fly (32.19), 50 back (36.44)
  • Christopher Nolan, age 14: 400 IM (4:22.65), 100 breast (1:03.25), 1000 free (10:18.03), 200 breast (2:17.32)



Amber Khieralla, whose sound foundation in swimming is a product of Bakersfield coaches Jerry and Carol Hill, set 3 new team records in the 11-12 girl’s age group beginning with the 100 backstroke. Her 1:01.79 swam at Junior Olympics is under the 1:01.88 swam by Samantha Goates at AA’s in

Cerritos in 2002. Samantha is currently attending the Division 1 NCAA meet representing LSU. Amber’s time is the 59th fastest time in the nation for all 12-year old girls. Amber’s 27.93 in the 50 fly was one among two 11-12 girl swims in the event that went under Jill Edminster’s team record of 28.97 that was set at Far Westerns in 1992. Her time ranks 75th fastest in the nation for the year. Amber’s final team record of 28.45 in the 50 backstroke not only broke Samantha Goates record of 28.84 set  at AA’s in Cerritos in 2002, but also broke the CCS record of 28.51 that was set by Sybil Smith back in 1991. Currently Amber holds the 35th fastest time for the event in the nation. Congratulations to Amber, as well as to coaches Jerry and Carol Hill.Although he and Preston Niayesh both swam under the pre-existing team record, ten year old Dax Korenwinder successfully defended his own team record in the 100 breaststroke event by swimming 1:19.27, which was well under his previous record of 1:22.21 set at the Selma pool this past September. His time is the 48th fastest in the nation. Both boys swam under the 50 breaststroke team record that was set by Alonso Escobedo at the Arizona meet last December. Dax’s 37.09 was nearly a half second under the 37.55 record and is the 89th fastest nationally recorded time. Mallory Korenwinder tripled up record-breaking performances by setting the 200 IM record as a 2:18.64 (149th nationally for all 12-year old girls) which is under Megan Eppler’s 2:19.32 that was swam at Far Westerns in 2004. Joclyn Ford’s 1:11.68 record set at AA’s in 2002 fell to Mallory’s 1:09.96 (38th nationally), and finally, Mallory reestablished her 50 breaststroke record from a 32.88 set at Far Westerns last year, to a 32.69 (64th nationally).

Christopher Nolan was our final individual to swim away with team records, and he had set two beginning with his time of 1:57.96 in the 200 fly (34th nationally for ally 13-year old boys) which was well under Kohlton Norys’s 2:01.28 set in 2004 at Junior Olympics. Kohlton also set the 100 fly record as 54.91 in 2003 at Winter Invite, and Chris now reset that mark to 54.75 (101st nationally).



Twenty-eight TNT relays were entered in the meet for our second place efforts, and of those relays, 10 relay teams broke existing team records. In addition, three 11-12 girl records were also CCS records. Our 11-12 girls 200 medley relay of Amber Khieralla, Mallory Korenwinder, Mia Newkirk and Allyson Duffy swam 1:56.46 in the 200 Medley Relay which at the time was the 23rd fastest relay time in the nation for all 11-12 girls. Record breaking relay performances were: 

Age Group Relay Time Swimmers
8-U girls 100 free 1:07.51 Alex Roberts, Danielle Albright, Jazmine Niayesh, Paige Coddington
8-U girls 100 medley 1:16.73 Alex Roberts, Danielle Albright, Jazmine Niayesh, Annlyn Haworth
8-U boys 100 free 1:05.l76 Jackson Huckabay, Peyton Costa, Daniel Magargee, Ian Belflower
8-U boys 100 medley 1:16.14 Peyton Costa, Jackson Huckabay, Ian Belflower, Daniel Magargee
11-12 girls 400 medley 4:16.56 Amber Khieralla, Mallory Korenwinder, Mia Newkirk, Allyson Duffy
11-12 girls 200 medley 1:56.46 Amber Khieralla, Mallory Korenwinder, Mia Newkirk, Allyson Duffy
11-12 boys 200 medley 2:11.49 Fayyaz Ahamed, Alonso Escobedo, Parker Giles, Micah Ruiz
11-12 girls 400 free 3:58.26 Amber Khieralla, Allyson Duffy, Mallory Korenwinder, Morgan Coddington


 Posted by at 08:15