Five TNT swimmers competed at the Clovis Arena Grand Challenge meet over the second weekend of July, and Visalia’s Lauren Geiger came away from the meet as our team’s only finalist. Lauren swam a time of 1:13.09 in the preliminary heats to earn 31st place seeding, and a spot in the D-final where she dropped over a half second to a 1:12.46; thereby moving up to finish sixth in the heat.
Visalia’s Mackenzie Garza, at age 14, had our team’s next highest finish, tying for an alternate spot in 34thplace, and forcing a swim-off situation which she won with a time of 28.46 in the 50 meter freestyle event. Our team’s next highest finisher was Preston Niayesh who swam 5:34.76 for a 41st place finish in the 400 IM, followed by Visalia’s Dylan Burr who swam 1:10.15 in the 100 back for a 49th place there. Dylan maintained our team’s highest improvement rate by swimming a lifetime best in three of his four events. Our final and youngest swimmer, thirteen year old Priscilla Niayesh, swam 1:34.44 in the 100 meter breaststroke for a 57th place finish in that event.