Eight TNT swimmers competed at the Western Zone Senior Meet that was hosted by Clovis Swim Club over the July 31-August 4 weekend. The meet was host to over 1000 swimmers from throughout the Western United States.
One of several goals for our swimmers was to achieve new time standards, and Lauren Davis of Fig Garden, and Kyle Grissom each achieved new cuts for the Summer Junior Nationals meet at Irvine over the August 5-8 week. Lauren made her first Junior National cut in the 200 meter breaststroke with a time of 2:39.47, and a time that takes back her team record that Mallory Korenwinder broke at Sectionals this past month with a 2:40.47. Lauren’s time currently stands as the 39th fastest time nationally for all 16-year old female swimmers. Kyle Grissom achieved a bonus cut in the 50 free with his time of 24.54, and swam under Colin Landweer’s 15-18 team record that was set as 24.65 at Junior Olympics in 2011. His time ranks 22nd nationally for all male 15-year old swimmers. Additionally, brothers Jimmy Koster and Josh Koster from Visalia achieved last year’s Sectional time standards in the 100 free (56.04) and 100 back (1:03.93) swam in time trials and the relay lead-off respectively.
Finals involved the top 32 swimmers at the meet, and three of our swimmers competed in finals for one event each. Fig Garden swimmer, Joseph Cobarrubias swam to a 21st place finish in the 50 free (25.17), while his training partner, Lauren Davis, swam to a 10th place finish in her Junior National event of the 200 breaststroke (2:39.47). Kyle Grissom entered one event, and swam to an 11th place finish in his 50 free.
Our other swimmers competing in the meet, along with their top finish, include: Owen Ansel (55th in the 100 breast – 1:11.89), Chris Hansen (50th in the 200 breast – 2:36.56), Jimmy Koster (115th in the 100 free – 56.56), Josh Koster (55th in the 100 back – 1:04.22), and Andrea Morales (263rd in the 50 free – 30.43).