Tule Nation Tritons was represented at the 2015 Arena Pro Swim Series at Mesa in early April, and they competed alongside the world’s greatest including eighteen year old Katie Ledecky who had broken two world records this past summer when she was only seventeen. Mallory Korenwinder and Kyle Grissom join Ledecky and others like Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte as they competed at the fourth stop on the Pro Swim circuit that includes six locations across the country.
Mallory Korenwinder was our only swimmer to earn second swims, and she did so in both breaststroke events. Her 1:13.97 in the preliminary circle-seeded heat finished three places in the heat behind Trojan swimmer and 2012 Olympic medalist, Jessica Hardy who swam 1:11.03 in that heat. Mallory’s other final was the 200 breaststroke where her time of 2:44.43 earned her a spot in the D final.
Kyle Grissom made his first appearance at a Grand Prix/Pro Swim level of competition, and his first race placed him side-by-side Olympic Gold Medalist, and in-kind sprinter, Cullen Jones, during the 100 meter butterfly event. Kyle’s highest finish was 53rd in that 100 fly after swimming 57.58 in the preliminary heat and finishing 5th there.
Chris Nolan is completing his first year of college and represented UC Santa Barbara in his third appearance at the Mesa meet. He made the televised heat (places 1-16) last year in the 200 fly, and again this year with his time of 2:04.65 during the preliminary heats – a time that took him into finals in 15th place, where he maintained that place. Chris competed against the likes of Tom Shields and Bobby Bollier.