Twelve TNT swimmers competed at the Senior Zone meet in Clovis over the last weekend of July, and TNT came away with one swimmer to earn second swims in one of three heats. Owen Ansel swam a 1:08.34 in the 100 meter breaststroke to finish 17thin the event from the bonus heat, and with a time that would have qualified him under the 1:08.69 time standard for this year’s Futures meet that took place in Oregon over this same weekend. Owen’s time is a new team record, as he swims under Chris Nolan’s previous 15-18 record of 1:08.72 that he set at the LA Invitational last summer. Owen’s time currently ranks 207th nationally for swimmers of age 17. He had also earned a second swim in the 200 meter breaststroke with a time of 2:30.89, which is nearly a two-second drop for him.
Our other competitors in the meet included Bre Abell who finished 75th in the 50 free (28.84), along with Visalia’s Justin Bos who finished 223rd in the 100 fly (1:06.07), and his training partner, Janessa Bringe who finished 40th in the 1500 freestyle as a 13-year old, while their training partner, Lauren Geiger finished 94th in the 100 fly. Alonso Escobedo placed 111th in the 400 IM (5:05.46), while Selma’s Noah Haworth finished 63rd in the 100 fly (1:01.45), along with his training partners, Jonas Huckabay, who swam to a 41st place finish in the 1500 free (17:52.31), and Satoshi Shinkawa who finished 119th in the 200 breast (2:47.87). Josh Koster’s highest place was 109th in the 100 back (1:06.76), while Blake Wong finished 128th in his 100 breast (1:16.55) event.
A new Sectional cut was achieved by Visalia’s 13-year old Mackenzie Garza during a time trial swim in an event where she had achieved an LA Invitational cut just this summer, and now her 28.45 is under this past summer’s Sectional cut. Her time in the individual event placed 97th there.