Fourteen TNT swimmers qualified and competed at the 2013 Short Course Far Western Championships held at Morgan Hill during the first weekend of April. The swim meet continues to be one of the most prestigious age group competitions in the nation, attracting approximately 2000 swimmers representing teams from multiple states that include Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and some as far away as Virginia. The swim meet honors only the top eight finishers in each event with awards, and TNT had five athletes finish among the top 8 at one of the most challenging meets in any given year.
Seventeen year old Cody Nash of Selma was our only swimmers with multiple top-8 finishes. His strongest events came in the distance freestyles where he had a 5th place finish in the 1650 freestyle with a time of 17:23.34, a time that swam after a six second drop in the event. The next longest possible event in a short course pool is the 1000 freestyle, and Cody came away with an 8th place finish in that event, and a time of 10:43.03.
Ten year old Danielle Albright came home with a 7th place finish in the 50 breaststroke with a time of 35.99. Sixteen year old Joseph Cobarrubias of Fig Garden tied for 4th place in the 50 freestyle with a time of 22.30, after swimming 22.21 in the preliminary heats. Fifteen year old Sierra Jett of Selma came home with a 7th place finish in the 50 freestyle with her time of 24.65, nearly repeating her 24.64 in the preliminary heat, both times falling under the 2013 Sectional and Swim Meet of Champions time standards. Fourteen year old Mallory Korenwinder swam to a 3rd place finish in the 100 breaststroke with her time of 1:04.09, breaking her own team record with a time that ranks 16th in the nation, and stands as the current CCS record for both the 13-14 and Senior girls division.
Congratulations to all swimmers who participated in a meet that proves to be one of the most challenging meets to even qualify for. Our remaining swimmers, along with their highest placed event, include: Morgan Coddginton (400 IM – 54th), Peyton Costa (50 free – 42nd), Lauren Davis (400 IM – 19th), Jackson Huckabay (200 free – 16th), Preston Niayesh (200 breast – 22nd), Priscilla Niayesh (100 breast – 30th), Alex Roberts (50 back – 20th), Satoshi Shinkawa (50 fly & 100 IM – 16th), and Kyle Walker (50 fly – 15th).