The Juanita Allington Memorial Senior meet hosted by Clovis Swim Club can be considered an introductory level to senior swimming that is offered locally. This year’s meet offered thirty finalist (three heats of ten). Our younger swimmers who are on the brink of readiness for senior-level competition have historically been encouraged to attend. Danielle Albright is one such swimmer, and at age 12, had set a new team record for the 11-12 girls 400 IM with her time of 4:47.90. She had previously set the record as a 4:57.79 during the Age Group Championships in San Diego this past December, and her new record stands as the 76th fastest nationally. Danielle had a top-30 finish with a 25th placing in the 1000 freestyle event.
Our only other team record was set by veteran senior-swimmer from Selma, and Sectional championship finalist, Sierra Jett, who swam to an 11th place finish in the 100 freestyle with a time of 51.52, a time that was over a half second under Jillian Hatch’s 52.50 that was set at the Winter Junior National meet in Seattle this past December. Her time stands as the 114th fastest nationally for females at age 17. Sierra had her highest finish at 9th in the 50 free, and also finished 22nd in the 100 fly.
Ten of our 27 swimmers performed well enough during their preliminary swims to place in the top-30, earning second swims for events under 1,000 yards in length. Our highest finisher came from Mallory Korenwinder who swam to a second place finish in the 100 yard breaststroke event (1:04.41). She also finished 8th in the 200 breaststroke, 11th in the 100 fly, 16th in the 400 IM and 27th in the 200 free for her two days of competition. Kyle Grissiom was our only other championship finalist finishing 4th in the 50 free, 5th in the 100 fly, and also had an 11th place finish in the 100 back.
Other remaining finalists included Owen Ansel, finishing 16th in the 200 IM, 17th in the 100 breast, and 18th in the 200 breast; Visalia’s Janessa Bringe finishing 18th in the 1650 freestyle (at age 13), Selma’s Morgan Coddington finishing 28th in the 200 IM, Fig Garden’s TNT swimmer Lauren Davis finishing 16th in the 200 breaststroke, Khloe McCarthy finishing 13th in the 1650 free, 15th in the 500 free, 22nd in the 400 IM, and 28th in the 200 back; and Visalia swimmer Megan Ridenour finishing 14th in the 100 breaststroke.
Our remaining swimmers, along with their highest place finish, included: Justin Bos (121st in the 100 fly), Tanner Davis (46th in the 100 breast), Alonso Escobedo (59th in the 200 back), Tristan Gaines (45th in the 1000 free), Olivia Garabedian (72nd in the 50 free), Mackenzie Garza (142nd in the 50 free), Lauren Geiger (70th in the 200 back), Naomi Haworth (190th in the 50 free), Noah Haworth (43rd in the 100 fly), Katelyn Herrera (66th in the 400 IM), Jacqui Koster (127th in the 100 back), JD Koster (72nd in the 200 breast), Ashley Olson (101st in the 100 back), Jeremiah Santillana (101st in the 100 back), Satoshi Shinkawa (44th in the 200 breast), Katherine Sullivan (120th in the 100 back), and Blake Wong (62nd in the 100 breast).