The 2013 Fran Crippen Memorial Swim Meet of Champions held at Mission Viejo in early June was host to an international contingent of athletes that included countries of Australia, as well as some of Canada’s top athletes. Tule Nation Tritons is proud to have eleven athletes qualify and compete at the meet, with three of our swimmers performing well enough to earn a second swim in either the consolation or bonus final.
Our top finisher was 15-year old Mallory Korenwinder who finished 14th in the 100 meter breaststroke event with a time of 1:14.66, improving her Santa Clara International swim, and previous team record, of 1:15.34. Mallory swam under her pre-existing 15-18 record both in the preliminary and final heats. The time currently stands as the 14th fastest nationally for girls at age 15.
Christopher Nolan was our only swimmer with multiple second swims, and his highest finish was a 15th place in the 200 fly event that resulted from a preliminary time of 2:06.30. His second final was a second place finish in the bonus heat (18th overall) in the 100 fly, where his final time of 57.79 placed just in front of teammate Wesley Coles who finished third in the heat (19th overall) with a time of 57.88 in the only event that fielded two TNT swimmers in any final.
Three team records were established by three swimmers at the meet. Besides Mallory Korenwinder, Jillian Hatch improved her previous record in the 200 freestyle event that she had set as a 2:08.92 at the Clovis meet earlier in the summer. Her new record of 2:08.77 currently stands as the 55th fastest among 15-year old girls in the nation. Khloe McCarthy not only had the largest single improvement (over 8 seconds in the 400 IM), but also improved all her times, and her largest drop resulted in a new team record for both the 15-18 and Senior division in the 400 IM. Her time of 5:14.47 was under the 15-18 team record that was set by Emily Goodbar at the LA Invitational last summer, who held both the 15-18 and Senior division team records. Khloe stands as the 77th fastest female 15-year old swimmer in the nation to date.