The summer of 2013 was the year of the most Junior National swimmers to date in representing TNT. Four swimmers qualified for, and attended the Summer Junior National Championships held at the Irvine complex, just days after the conclusion of the US Open at the very same facility.
Lauren Davis of Fig Garden led off the week of competition, competing in the 200 meter breaststroke event, after qualifying for the meet only days prior during the championship heat of the Senior Zone meet in Clovis. Lauren, who is our current 200 meter breaststroke team record holder, swam 2:42.15 for a 96th place finish in the event.
Each of our remaining swimmer competed in two events each. First-time qualifier, Kyle Grissom, competed in the 100 fly, where his 56.22 was a half second improvement, and good enough for his highest place finish of 47th. His second event was the 50 freestyle, where he too earned the bonus cut at the Clovis Senior Zone meet only a few days earlier. His 24.89 at Junior Nationals finished 158th in the event.
Returning to her second summer Junior Nationals, Mallory Korenwinder came home with our team’s highest place finish of 27th in her specialty event, the 100 meter breaststroke. A former championship finalist in the event from last year, Mallory’s time of 1:12.91 just missed a second swim for a 2nd alternate position, and 27th place finish.
Also returning was Chris Nolan who earned an alternate position in his specialty event, the 200 fly, during last winter’s Junior Nationals. His 2:04.84 in this summer’s meet was enough for a 35th place finish. Chris rounded out his events with half second improvement in the 100 fly, where his time of 56.81 finished 78th in that event.