Twelve TNT swimmers competed at the Juanita Allington Memorial meet over the last weekend of January, and four of our swimmers earned second swims in a scoring final, highlighted by the championship, top-8, swim by Selma’s Jonas Huckabay. Jonas maintained the highest finish of any TNT swimmer by placing 8th with a time of 17:04.26 in the 1650 freestyle. Jonas also finished 21st in the 1000 free (10:16.31), and 25th in the 500 free (4:54.26). Our top point-getter was JD Koster who scored in three events, where a nearly 10 second improvement in the 400 IM to a 4:16.40 set him up for a 9th place finish in the championship final that fielded 10 swimmers. He also won the consolation heat of the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:12.84, and then went on to score in the B final of the 200 IM where his 2:01.68 was enough for a 17th place finish there. JD had two additional finals that included a 26th place finish in the 100 fly (53.72), and 22nd place in the 100 breast (1:01.85). Two other swimmers earned a scoring finish by winning their respective consolation heats, and these two included Danielle Albright who swam 1:06.45 in the 100 breaststroke to finish 11th there, and Selma’s Morgan Coddington who improved her 400 IM by five seconds to a 4:37.69 to finish 11th in that event. Danielle also finished 22nd in the 200 breast (2:27.10), 36th in the 100 fly (1:01.62), and 24th in the 200 IM (2:13.95), while Morgan earned additional second swims by finishing 21st in the 200 breast (2:26.36), 31st in the 100 back (1:02.32), and 31st in the 200 IM (2:12.40).
A total of eight swimmers earned a second swim in one of four heats of ten finalists, and our remaining finalists included Libby Adriaansen who finished 40th in the 100 breast (1:15.69), Katherine Mendyk who finished 30th in the 100 breast (1:13.36), Selma’s Emma Pena who finished 32nd in the 50 free (25.29), and Selma’s Satoshi Shinkawa who finished 22nd in the 200 back (2:02.30), 33rd in the 50 free (22.79), and 27th in the 100 fly (54.23).
Only three swimmers managed to improve 100% of their times at this senior-level of competition, and the three included Libby Adriaansen who competed in two events and improved both, Selma’s Morgan Coddington who improved all four of her events, and Selma’s Maya Herrera who competed in five events, and improved all five, and who, by improving over 27 seconds, maintains the largest net improvement among any of our team members.