Apr 192018

The USA Swimming Pro Swim Series is an sequence of six meets across the country beginning in January at the University of Texas, then moving to Georgia, then Mesa, Indiana, Santa Clara, and finally at Ohio. This series of meet brings together the top swimmers and coaches from across the United States, and often include Olympic-level athletes from around the world. These meets are arguably the first opportunity for our TNT swimmers to attend a swim meet that is televised.


This year, after a year of no qualifiers, TNT returned to the Mesa meet with our four Winter Junior National qualifiers, along with Mallory Korenwinder, to compete at the venue in Arizona. Besides the championship, and televised, performance of Mallory Korenwinder (who finished 8th in the 50 meter breaststroke), three of our four remaining swimmers earned a second swim in either the C or D final. After Mallory, JD Koster was our next highest finisher with a 17th place touch in the 20 meter butterfly during finals where he swam nearly three seconds faster than his preliminary swim. JD was a two-time finalist, also finishing 32nd in the 50 meter butterfly. Our next highest finisher was Visalia’s Megan Ridenour who won the D-final of the 50 meter breaststroke with a time of 34.25. Preston Niayesh was our other dual-finalist, and he finished 30th in the 200 breaststroke, and then 31st in the 50 breaststroke. Danielle Albright highest place was 39th in the 200 meter breaststroke.


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Sep 252013


Ed Spencer

Tulare Master Coach Visit  Selma Master Coach Visit

Primarily based on 18-under swimmers’ national top-10 rankings, our program has been slated to participate in the USA Swimming Master Coaches program. United States Swimming’s Club Excellence Program schedules about 45 teams from the thousands of teams across the nation for each Master Coach to visit, and TNT has been put on the list for this year. Our dates for the visit are from September 8th through September 11th. Our visitor, Coach Ed Spencer, will provide opportunity to interact with our coaches Sunday night on his arrival with plans to schedule the next few days.

Plans include a meeting-type sessions with any coaches who would like to attend, and pool-side meetings with swimmers and coaches during practices. Currently, our plans are for Coach Spencer to interact with swimmers and coaches during Monday at the Tulare practice, speaking to younger swimmers between 5:30 and 6:30, then interacting with older swimmers beginning at 6:30. Coach Spencer will travel to Selma on Tuesday to interact with swimmers and coaches there, and will visit the Visalia program on Wednesday prior to his departure. Any coach or athlete are welcome to participate in any one or more of the sites to experience the interaction.

If you’d like information on the Master Coach program, visit the USA Swimming clicking on this link to the USA Swimming Master Coach Program. Ed Spencer’s bio is given on that page, and is provided here as well:

Ed Spencer has been a Master Coach Consultant with USA Swimming since 2005. Ed was the Head Coach of the Dynamo Swim Club from 1998-2004. While there, he led the Dynamo Swim Club to several 18 & under National Championships, six consecutive years as Southeastern Senior Sectional Champions and three consecutive second-place finishes in the USA Swimming’s Club Excellence Program.

Prior to coaching at Dynamo, he was the Head Coach at the Reno Aquatic Club (1990-1998) where he had several National Champions. Ed was the distance and IM coach (1979-1983) and Head Coach at the Industry Hills Aquatic Club (1983-1990) where four of his swimmers set more than 10 American Records and won more than 20 USA Swimming National titles. His swimmers represented the USA on the 1980, 1984 and 1988 Olympic Teams.

Other California teams that have participated in the Master Coach Program include: Terrapins, Palo Alto, Pleasanton, Santa Clara, North coast, Peak, La Mirada, and AZOT. Although participation might be requested by a swim team, ours is by invitation, and Coach Spencer has 13 teams that he visited this year that were among the top-20 in the Club Excellence Gold Medal team recognition division.

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Apr 222010

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Ten year old Michael Mason training in Hanford and thirteen year old Bre Abell training in Selma take home the high point awards from the Merced meet. Michael entered and swam all ten events allowable and took first place finishes in five of those events (200 free, 100 fly, 100 free, 50 fly and 200 IM). His largest improvement came in his 11 second drop in the 200 freestyle event. Michael was also the team’s highest point getter with 78 points. While on the bottom of the age group, Bre Abell became the champion in the 100 meter freestyle event with her time of 1:08.28 and swam to second place finishes in both the 100 back and 50 freestyle events. All eight events for Bre were resulted in top-5 place finishes.

Tule Nation Tritons accumulated 772.5 points to be the lead scoring team at the meet where 11 teams scored. Individual event champions included Bre Abell (100 free), Owen Ansel (200 free, 50 breast, 100 back, 50 free & 50 back), Wesley Coles (100 fly, 50 free & 1500 free), Allyson Duffy (100 free), Madison Ekizian (50 breast & 50 back), Alonso Escobedo (100 back, 100 breast & 50 back), Brianna Fleeman (800 free), Emily Goodbar (200 free, 100 back & 800 free), Sam Hansen (100 back), Colin Landweer (200 free, 200 breast, 100 free & 100 breast), Michael Mason (200 free, 100 fly, 100 free, 50 fly & 200 IM), Mia Newkirk (50 free), Megan Nino (200 back), Nathan Rhea (200 fly & 200 IM), Allison Ross (200 free, 100 back, 50 free, 1500 free, 100 free, 100 breast, 200 back & 200 IM), and Taylor Shaw (1500 free).


Seven swimmers improved all events that swam, and that had been previously recorded with the team. Danielle Albright of Tulare improved all 3 of 3, Elanie Dignan of Selma improved 4 of 4, Allyson Duffy of Hanford improved 2 of 2, Madison Ekizian of Tulare improved 5 of 5, Lili Hodges of Selma improved 1 of 1, Khloe McCarthy of Tulare improved 3 of 3 and Taylor Shaw of Hanford improved 3 of 3. The team’s improvement percentage was set at 58% with 22 swimmers improving 50% or more of their times. Besides the perfect improvement performances listed above, these included Bre Abell (86%), Chris Hansen (86%), Jake Caminero (83%), Nathan Rhea (83%), Makenna Mason (78%), Wesley Coles (75%), Michael Mason (75%), Tristian Abell (67%), Joshua Caminero (67%), Luke Dignan (67%), Alonso Esocobedo (67%), Kailyn Fleeman (60%), Colin Landweer (50%), Madison McCarthy (50%), and Savanah Nolan (50%). 

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