Eleven TNT swimmers traveled to Golden West College in Huntington Beach to compete in the long course day of the February 17th weekend, and 13-year old Bryan Wong is providing a preview of what’s to come when the long course season is in full swing later this summer. At only our second long course meet in the year, Bryan set a new team record while on the bottom of the 13-14 age group in the 200 meter freestyle by posting a time of 2:05.03 which was well below Kohlton Nory’s 2:06.39 that was set as the previous team record in Bakersfield back in 2004. Being an unusually early time for a long course meet, Bryan’s time is currently posted as the second fastest out of 102 total swims nationally for boys at age 13.
Although there were no event champions from TNT, JD Koster came away with the highest finish on the team as 2nd in the 200 meter individual medley after posting 2:15.54 in the event, and in fact all three of his swims were top-8 finishes that included a 4th place in the 100 meter fly (59.85), and 7th place finish in the 200 fly (2:13.96). Our senior team also came away with a pair of 3rd place finishes that included Alonso Escobedo’s 200 IM (2:16.09), and Preston Niayesh’s 100 meter breaststroke (1:08.51). Additionally, Preston placed 5th in the 200 meter breast (2:33.69), and Alonso also placed 8th in the 200 meter free (2:03.22). Our 13-year old, Bryan Wong, came away in 4th place in the 400 IM (4:56.61) while competing amongst senior swimmers that represented countries such as Korea. Other top-8 finishers included the 5th place finish of Danielle Albright in the 200 meter breaststroke (2:50.33), and the 8th place finish of Visalia’s Megan Ridenour in the 100 meter breaststroke (1:18.52).
Brett Wong, who was our only swimmer to improve 100% of his times, had his highest finish as 10th in the 100 free (56.44), while Visalia’s Mackenzie Garza placed highest in 14th while competing in the 50 free (28.58). Bryce Wong came in 16th as his highest place in the 200 IM (2:23.08), while Visalia’s Janessa Bringe touched 17th as her highest place in the 100 fly (1:11.26). Peyton Costa was our final swimmer, who placed 29th in the 400 free (4:37.54).