Eleven TNT swimmers competed at the 2018 Keven Perry Senior Meet hosted by La Mirada over the first weekend of November, with intent of achieving, or improving upon, Winter Junior National, or Winter National time standards at a meet that offers a trial and finals format. Three of our swimmers earned second swims, and each of the three did so in two different events, and all three will be competing at the Winter Junior National Championships in Austin, Texas in December.
Our highest finish was the 5th place in the 200 breaststroke by Preston Niayesh, who will be attending the Winter National meet the following month. Preston posted a lifetime best of 2:05.40 in the event, improving his team record of 2:06.99 set the previous year at the same meet, and posting the 95th fastest time in the nation for boys at age 17. Preston had the two highest finishes for the team, following his 5th place with a 6th place finish in the 100 breaststroke after swimming a lifetime best of 56.68 in the preliminary heats, and also improving upon his previous team record of 58.23 set the previous year, at the same meet. His 100 breaststroke stands as the 59th fastest nationally.
JD Koster was our only other championship finalist, and he did this in his signature event, 200 butterfly, placing 8th after posting a time of 1:51.07 in the preliminary heats. His other final was a consolation finish of 21st in the 200 IM after posting a lifetime best of 1:55.06 in the preliminary heats, and breaking Chris Nolan’s previous team record of 1:55.55 that was set in a time trial event at Winter Juniors in 2013. His new record stands as the 229th ranked time nationally for boys at age 17.
Our remaining finalist was Garrison Price, and he had his two swims in the consolation heat, finishing 12th in the 100 fly with a lifetime best of 50.56, and then doubling up his lifetime best swims in the 200 fly with a time of 1:51.99, and a 13th place finish there. Garrison improved both events during prelims, and then again in finals, and will be making his first trip to Junior Nationals this winter.
The only other team records were set in the 13-14 boys division by Bryan Wong who competed in four events, and improved all four, setting a team record in three of them. He began his meet by posting a time of 4:46.81 in the 500 free, going well under Nathan Rhea’s 4:51.20 set at Sectionals nine years earlier. Bryan’s new record stands as the 56th fastest nationally for boys at age 14. His next record was an improvement of his own 100 breaststroke, where his 1:01.10 went under his 1:02.00 set earlier in the month in Fresno. His improvement stands as the 83rd ranked swim nationally for boys at the same age. His final record came in the 200 breaststroke, where he posted the 61st fastest time nationally of 2:12.50, sliding just under Nathan Rhea’s 2:12.81 set at Sectionals in 2009. Bryan’s highest finish was 44th in the 400 IM (4:13.51).
Danielle Albright had her highest finish as 26th in the 400 IM, just missing a second swim in the event, while Janessa Bringe’s top finish was 44th in the 1000 free timed final. Peyton Costa was one of only three swimmers to improve all his events, and his highest finish was 113th in the 500 free. Fourteen year old Layla Flores had her highest finish at 58th in the 400 IM, while her training partner from Visalia, Megan Ridenour, finished 47th in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke events. Alex Roberts touched 37th in the 200 back, while Bryce Wong finished 48th in the 200 fly.