Nine swimmers qualified under the increasingly challenging Pacific Swimming Senior Circuit time standard (formerly known as the Terrapin cut). The time standard now nears the Sectional time standard in many events. Despite our smaller group of nine qualified swimmers, TNT is still able to contend in individual events, fielding six of our swimmers in one of three final heats (top 30 places), and representing all three TNT towns that participated in the meet (Selma, Tulare & Visalia).
Our finalists were led by veteran, Mallory Korenwinder, who entered five events, and earned a second swim in four of them. Mallory came away as our only championship finalist, finishing 4th in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.18), and 9th in the 200 breaststroke (2:24.25). She also earned consolation spots with a 14th place finish in the 200 IM (2:08.91), and 16th place finish in the 100 fly (58.11). Another veteran to the meet is also a graduating senior. Selma’s Sierra Jett earned three second swims that included two consolation finishes, one with a 15th place finish in the 50 free (24.63), and the other with an 18th place finish in the 100 fly (58.32). Her final second swim was a 25th place finish in the 100 free (53.83).
Two additional swimmers earned a spot in the consolation heat, and these included Preston Niayesh who finished 14th in the 200 breaststroke (2:12.73), and 19th in the 100 breaststroke (1:01.70) events. Visalia’s Megan Ridenour was our only other consolation finalist, and she accomplished this in the 100 breaststroke event with an 18th place finish there (1:08.00).
Our final second swims came from Alonso Escobedo (23rd in the 200 back – 2:01.18), and JD Koster who doubled up with a 28th place finish in the 200 breast (2:17.64), and 29th place finish in the 100 breast (1:05.25 after swimming 1:02.73 in the preliminary heats). Owen Ansel’s highest finish was 48th in the 100 breaststroke (1:03.64), fourteen year old Mackenzie Garza finished 88th in the 50 free (26.20), and Lauren Geiger finished 55th in the 100 fly (1:01.40).