An early long course meet was offered in Fullerton in Late February, and TNT had 9 swimmers who traveled for the morning-session only meet to join Olympic hopefuls and young Trial qualifiers such as Katie McLaughlin and Jasmine Margetts, as well as Olympic medalists such as Russians Vlad Morozov and Nikita Lobintsev who currently train with USC.
Mallory Korenwinder was our only event champion, winning the 100 meter breaststroke event with a time of 1:15.10. She had three other top-8 finishes that included a pair of 4th place finishes in the 100 fly (1:07.62) and 200 breast (2:48.47) events, and a 7th place finish in the 200 IM (2:32.41). Top-16 finishers included Owen Ansel (13th, 100 breast), Alonso Escobedo (11th in the 100 back and 13th in the 200 back), Jakob Koorey (16th in the 200 breast), Jimmy Koster (9th in the 100 back, 10th in the 200 back, 13th in the 50 free and 16th in the 100 free), and Preston Niayesh (13th in the 100 breast and 14th in the 200 breast).
Alonso Escoebdo was our only swimmer to improve 100% of his times, and achieved a new Speedo Grand Challenge cut in the 200 meter backstroke (2:23.65) event. Our remaining swimmers, along with their highest place finish included Katelyn Herrera (19th, 200 fly), Jacqui Koster (36th, 400 free), and JD Koster (26th, 200 breast). Additionally, Jimmy Koster swam to a time of 25.78 in the 50 meter freestyle event, which would have qualified for the December 2014 Sectional meet, and based on a recent CA-NV Section decision to maintain those time standards this year, may well have qualified for this upcoming summer’s meet.