Six TNT swimmers competed alongside Olympic Gold medalists Ous Mellouli, Anthony Ervin, and Melanie Thomas, as well as China Olympians such as Wang Shijia, at a long course meet in Mission Viejo over the March 4-6 weekend that played host to nearly 500 swimmers.
Our finalists were led by Mallory Korenwinder who finished 5th in the 100 breaststroke (1:14.88), 7th in the 200 breaststroke (2:46.09), 9th in the 200 IM (2:27.24), and 10th in the 100 fly (1:05.47). JD Koster had the next numerous finals earning second swims in three events that included a 16th place finish in the 200 fly (2:17.53 in prelims), a 16th place finish in the 200 breast (2:38.85 in prelims), and 19th place finish in the 100 breast (1:11.82 in prelims). Alonso Escobedo had his highest finish as 14th in the 200 IM (2:20.07), and doubled up with an 18th place finish in the 400 IM (4:47.66), while his training partner, Preston Niayesh doubled up with a 21st place finish in the 200 breast (2:38.49) and 24th place finish in the 100 fly (1:03.35 in prelims). Visalia’s Lauren Geiger posted a lifetime best in the 100 backstroke finals, swimming 1:11.71 to finish 20th there. Our youngest qualifier who competed at the meet was Visalia’s 14-year old Janessa Bringe who finished 40th in the 200 fly (2:46.99).