Nine TNT swimmers traveled to La Mirada to compete in the 2019 long course senior meet on Monday, January 21st to begin their long course experience for 2019. Preston Niayesh and Garrison Price came away as our only event champions for the meet, Preston winning the 100 meter breaststroke with a time of 1:09.31, and Garrison winning the 100 meter butterfly with a time of 59.32. Garrison was also one of three swimmers to improve a time, and had the largest time improvement, exceeding 15 seconds in the 200 meter backstroke (2:31.39) event. The next largest improvement came in Bryce Wong’s 200 meter butterfly, where he improved over six seconds to a 2:18.76. Alexa Wong had the only other time improvement, and hers was in the 100 fly. Alexa also had our only team record-breaking performance, setting a new team record in the 200 meter butterfly for the 11-12 girls division. Her 2:37.22 is an improvement over Drew Black’s 2:40.70 that was posted at Zones in Roseville this past summer. Alexa can monitor her time nationally as the long course season moves forward – she currently stands as the second fastest 12-year old in the nation.
Danielle Albright finished 3rd in both the 100 breast and 200 breast, while Drew Black’s highest finish was
17th in the 100 fly. JD Koster touched 3rd in the 100 fly, and Ava Olson had a 14th place finish as
her highest. Bryan Wong was 2nd in the 100 breast, and Bryce Wong had his highest finish as 5th in the 100
swimmers competed at the Fresno Senior Trials and Finals meet hosted by
the Dolphins over the third weekend of January, and Visalia’s Janessa Bringe
along with Bryce Wong were our sole
event champions, both winning the 200 yard butterfly event. Janessa had
two championship swims, winning the 200 fly in 2:15.13,
and then earning the bronze in the 200 IM, with a time of 2:18.36.
Bryce’s sole championship swim was his win in the 200 fly, posting a
time of 1:56.11 in the event.
Twenty one additional TNT swimmers earned a final swim in one of three heats, and additional championship finalists included Ella Bettencourt who placed
5th in the 200 IM with a time of 2:22.49, and then followed that with a 6th place touch in the 200 breaststroke after posting a time of 2:43.57 in the preliminary heats. Ella
also finished 10th in the consolation heat of the 100 free (57.54). Her Visalia training partner, Layla Flores placed 2nd in both the 200
IM (2:12.13), and 200 breaststroke (2:34.55) events. Visalia’s graduating senior, Mackenzie Garza was runner up in the 100 free, posting her lifetime best of 53.17,
and then touched fourth in the 200 IM, with another lifetime best of 2:20.90. Selma’s Daniel Haley touched 6th in the 200 free, swimming under the two
minute mark twice. He also had two top-16 finishes that included a 12th place in the 200 IM (2:23.99), and a 13th place in the 100 fly (1:03.89), as well as a bonus swim, and
17th place finish, in the 100 free. Dylan Hunt had two championships swim that included a silver medal performance in the 200 breast after posting a time
of 2:35.63 in the preliminary heats, and then went on the finish 6th in the 100 breast after posting a time of 1:11.27 in prelims. He had two additional top-16 finishes that included an
11th place in the 50 free (26.86), and 13th place in the 100 back (1:08.72). Dylan had five second swims that included a bonus 21st place finish in the 100 free.
Ava Olson had three second swims on day one of the meet that included a championship, 3rd place performance, in the 500 free by improving over 25 seconds
in the event to a 5:25.57. She also had a consolation finish of 11th in the 100 free (59.29), and also a bonus 18th place finish in the 100 back. Ava was one of five TNT
swimmers to improve 100% of their times. Gage Price competed in one event, and earned a championship swim in the 200 fly, moving from 8th to 5th
in finals with a time of 2:19.03. Visalia’s Luke Vanwoudenberg had three second swims, two of those being in the championship heat. His highest finish was
5th in the 100 back where he posted a time of 1:00.68, and he also touched 6th in the 200 IM with a lifetime best of 2:12.96 in the event. Luke also scored in the consolation
heat with a 14th place finish in the 100 free (54.76). His training partner in Visalia, Benjamin Wheeler, earned a pair of championships swims, and
7th place finishes, each reflecting significant time improvements. His 2:16.70 in the 200 IM finished 7th, as did his 1:00.90 in the 100 back, both being over seven and
five second improvements respectively. Benjamin also touched 15th in the 100 free (55.48) where he improved over three seconds in the event. Alexa Wong
our only other championship finalist, and she did this in the only event
she competed in, posting a time of 5:23.71 in the 500 free, touching 2nd, and improving over nine seconds in the
Additional consolation finalists included Visalia’s Emma Bettencourt who touched 12th in the 200 IM (2:28.79), and then also swam in the bonus heat in
both the 100 free (20th) and 100 back (23rd). Selma’s William Butts competed as a new 13-year old, and finished 14th in the 100 back
(1:09.71), while Laney Cox finished 9th in three events that included the 200 breast (2:46.53), 200 free (2:12.06), and 100 breast (1:16.73). She also
touched 15th in the 100 free. Visalia’s Kate Geiger came away with a pair of second swims, starting in the consolation heat with a 13th place
finish in the 100 back (1:11.46), and then swimming in the bonus heat of the 100 free (23rd). Nathan Hunt had three consolation swims, his highest finish
being 11th in the 100 breast (1:16.45), and then following that with a pair of 15th place finishes that included the 100 back (1:09.92), and 50 free (27.91). Visalia’s
Kristine Marions also had a pair of
finals, her consolation swim being in the 100 back (1:14.99), and then
also swimming in the bonus heat of the 200 IM
(22nd). Eleven year old Addison Mccullough earned a consolation swim by touching 14th in the 200 breast (2:51.87), and then won the bonus heat
of the 200 IM (17th). Amy Murphy swam three consolation finals, her highest place being a pair of 10th places that included the 200 breast
(2:47.17), and 100 breast (1:18.59) both being lifetime best times, and then touching 15th in the 100 fly (1:11.26). Visalia’s Vincente Sanchez was our
only other consolation finalist, and he did this with an 11th place finish in the 100 back (1:06.96).
Additional bonus swims came from Riley Carpenter who finished 20th in the 100 back, and Isabella Klawitter who touched
17th in the 500 free, 18th in both the 200 IM and 200 free, and 20th in the 100 fly.
Swimmers who improved 100% of their times included: Emma Bettencourt, Isabella Klawitter, Ava Olson, Milo Pennington, and Alexa
Tule Nation Tritons was a topic of discussion around the pool deck
among numerous teams during the early days of the Winter Age Group
Championships when TNT was in 4th place among 38
teams competing at the meet. Once all was said and done, at 1,018 points, TNT finished a respectable 6th among the field, with 19 of our 28 swimmers scoring in individual events, two of
whom scored in triple digits.
With 128 points, fourteen year old Bryan Wong
was the lead scorer, winning four of his six events at the meet, three
of which resulted in team records. His first
win was in the 200 IM, swimming under the 2-minute mark for the first
time with a 1:58.54 and being among 64 fourteen year old boys in the
nation to do so. Bryan’s previous record was 2:02.10 set at
the Hanford meet in September. Following the short IM was the win in the
400 IM where he once again swam uncontested, with a 4:13.69 finishing
four seconds ahead of the next swimmer. His next win was
nearly a 2-second drop over his previous record of 2:12.50 from the
Kevin Perry meet in the 200 IM, where his 2:10.70 now ranks 43rd
nationally. His final win was in the 500 freestyle,
where his 4:45.93 missed the meet record by less than two seconds, but
was an improvement of his own team record of 4:46.81 from Kevin Perry,
and now stands as the 50th fastest nationally
for boys at age 14. Bryan set team records in three additional events,
and these included the 100 breaststroke, where his 59.76 was enough for a
2nd place finish, and was an improvement of
his Kevin Perry time of 1:01.10, and currently ranks 32nd nationally. His 1:48.21 in the 200 freestyle tops his Merced swim of 1:49.68 in October, and is the 153rd
nationally. Finally, his 49.66 in the 100 free is a new team record for
him, falling under Kyle Grissom’s 50.40 set at the Terrapin meet in the
winter of 2012, standing as the 179th
Drew Black was the only other triple-digit point getter at 119 points from individual events, with her highest place being a 2nd
place finish in the
11-12 girls 100 butterfly. While still on the bottom of the age group,
her 1:00.13 at finals went under Mallory Korenwinder’s previous team
record of 1:02.68 set at Far Westerns in 2011, and with a
time that currently stands as the 2nd fastest nationally for girls at age 11 (the top time being posted from the same meet). Her next highest finish was 3rd,
and this was in the
50 butterfly, where she posted a time of 27.34, again falling under
Mallory’s previous team record of 27.67 set at the same Far Western
meet. Drew’s time is currently the 7th fastest
Our third highest point getter was 12-year old Alexa Wong. With 94 points, she finished 2nd
in three events that included the 200 IM, 200 fly, and 400
IM, all three which resulted in team records. Her 2:14.61 in the 200 IM
went under Danielle Albright’s 2:15.50 set at Far Westerns in 2015, and
stands as the 48th fastest nationally for
girls at age 12. Her 2nd place finish in the 200 fly resulted
from a 2:13.69, and is an improvement of Drew Black’s previous team
record of 2:18.63 set at the Tulare meet earlier in the
same month. The new record stands as the 19th fastest time nationally for a 12-year old girl. Finally, her 4:42.88 stands as the 16th fastest time in the nation, and slides
under Danielle Albright’s previous team record of 4:43.59 set at Far Westerns in 2015.
Bryce Wong was our only other event champion, winning the 200 fly after posting a lifetime best of 1:55.55 in the preliminary heats. He earned three additional championship swims that included the 100 breast (1:01.76), 100 fly (52.58), and 200 IM (2:01.68) events, and also swam a final in the 200 breast. Visalia’s Ella Bettencourt competed on the bottom of the 13-14 age division, yet earned a championship swim in the 50 free by posting a time of 25.72 in the preliminary heats. She also earned second swims in the 200 free, 100 back, and 100 free events. Visalia’s Janessa Bringe had a championship swim by finishing 8th with a lifetime best of 2:14.33 in the 200 fly. She also had second swims in the 100 fly, 200 IM, 400 IM, and 500 freestyle events. Selma’s William Butts had 4 swims in the championship finals, his highest place being three 4th place finishes that included the 50 fly (27.88), 50 back (29.93), and 100 fly (1:07.57). Two other championship swims of his included a 5th place in the 50 breast (32.89), and 8th place in the 100 free (59.90). He also earned seconds swim in the 100 breast, 100 back, and 100 fly events. Visalia’s Layla Flores is another individual competing on the bottom of the age division, yet who earned a championship seeding in finals. She posted a time of 2:10.23 in the 15-18 division of the 200 IM to finish 3rd in the event. She also earned second swims in the 100 breast, 50 free, 100 back and 100 free events. Porterville’s 8-year old Regan Hildreth earned her championship swim with an 8th place finish in the 10-under (yea, she’s 8 in the 10-under division) 50 breaststroke after swimming a time of 40.54 in the preliminary heats. She also earned a second swim in the 100 breast. Another 8-year old phenom who earned a championship final in the 10-under division was Selma’s Logan Huckabay who touched 5th in the 10-under 50 fly with a time of 34.52. He also earned second swims in the 100 free, 100 IM, and 50 free events. His brother, Lucas Huckabay, while competing on the bottom of the 11-12 age division, earned a championship swim in the 200 free after posting a time of 2:09.31 in the preliminary heats. He also earned a final swim in the 50 breast, 100 free, 50 fly, 100 breast and 50 free events. Ava Olson is another of our swimmers competing on the bottom of the age bracket, and she still earned a top-8 finish in two events that included a 6th place finish in the 200 fly after posting a lifetime best of 2:18.64 in the preliminary heats, and then finished 8th in the 100 breast after posting another lifetime best of 1:10.06 in prelims. Sydnee Wilson was another double championship finalist. Her top finish was a 4th place in the 50 breaststroke, improving her time by over a second to a 33.27, and then again improving by over a second in the 50 free to a 26.44 to touch 6th there. Sydnee also earned second swim in the 100 free and 100 breaststroke.
Six additional swimmers earned a final (top-16), scoring,
swim, and these include Selma’s Jackson Huckabay who
earned consolation swims in the 200 IM and 400 IM, along with his brother, Jonas Huckabay, who earned consolation swims in the
100 breast, 200 free and 100 free events. Hanford’s Thomas
Matthews finished in the consolation finals in six events that included
the 200 back, 50 fly, 200 fly, 400 IM, 100 back, and 100 fly, while 11-year old
Addison Mccullough earned top16 finishes in the
12-under 200 fly and 200 breaststroke events. Also competing at the bottom of
the 11-12 division, and scoring, was Lemoore’s Michelle
Murphy who finished top-16 in the 200 back and 500 free events. Finally,
Gage Price had 4 top-16 performances that
included the 100 fly, 100 back, 500 free and 200 back.
Thirteen year old Laney Cox
had her highest finish at 21st in the 13-14 200 breaststroke, while
13-year old Drew Johnston touched 18th
in the 13-14 100 backstroke. Ashton King came
back from college to finish 29th in the 200 back, while Lemoore’s Madalynn Lady finished 23rd as her highest
finish in the 200 breast. Kristine Marinos of
Visalia had her highest place as 22nd in the 100 back, and Selma’s Mark Marroquin touched 41st as his highest
finish, and in the 100 fly. Lemoore’s Amy Murphy had
her best place at 35th while on the bottom of the age group, and
Visalia’s Vincent Sanchez, also on the bottom
of the age group, finished 39th as his highest place. Visalia’s Luke Vanwoudenberg touched 21st in the 200
back as his highest finish.
While our age group swimmers competed at the San Diego-Imperial’s Winter Age Group Championships in Chula Vista, Danielle Albright
was our only swimmer to compete
at the senior-level Sectional Championships hosted by Southern
California Swimming, and held at Crafton Hills College in Yucaipa.
Danielle competed in four events, and scored in three of those. Her
highest finish was a 3rd place in the 100 yard breaststroke
where she posted a time of 1:04.49 in the event. She later backed up the
championship performance with a 4th place
finish in the 200 breaststroke, swimming a time of 2:22.76, improving
nearly three full seconds from her preliminary swim. Her other final was
the bonus time of 4:44.53 in the 400 IM to touch
20th, moving up from 27th, and improving nearly six seconds from her prelim swim there.
Two of our three Winter Junior National qualifiers are returning to
the meet over the first weekend of December, after making their first
appearance last winter. Both JD Koster and Preston Niayesh
are returning veterans to the meet, and Preston Niayesh came away with a 100% improvement rate, and earned a final swim in the consolation heat of the 100
breaststroke, touching 14th in the event after posting a
lifetime best of 55.78 in the preliminary heats. His time is an
improvement over his Kevin Perry record set the previous month as
56.68, and the time currently stands as the 38th fastest nationally for 18-year old male swimmers. Preston also improved his team record in the 200 breaststroke, posting the
63rd nationally ranked time of 2:03.23 for 18-year olds, and once again going under his Kevin Perry record of 2:05.40.
Our next highest finisher was JD Koster, who touched 42nd in the 200 fly, posting his lifetime best of 1:50.78 in the event. JD is our only swimmer who
qualified in three events for the meet, swimming also the 200 IM (1:56.05), and 100 fly (50.57) events. Garrison Price made his first appearance at a USA Swimming
Junior National meet, and his highest finish was 91st in the 200 fly (1:54.15). He also competed in the 100 fly (50.77).
Preston Niayesh made his first
appearance at a National meet by traveling to Greensboro, North Carolina
to compete at the 2018 Winter National Championships in
both the 100 and 200 meter breaststroke events over the last weekend of
November. The 2018 Winter Nationals is the first opportunity for
swimmers across the nation to achieve an Olympic Trial time
standard since the posting of the new cuts just months prior. This is
the primary reason the meet is conducted long course, opposed to the
traditional short course arrangement. Preston finished
35th in the 200 meter breaststroke, swimming a time of 2:25.99, and finished 46th in the 100 breaststroke after swimming a time of 1:06.59 there.
Five of our 61 TNT swimmers who competed at the Dowain Wright
Memorial meet hosted by Fresno Dolphins over the November 17-18 weekend
outperformed all other swimmers in their respective age and
gender division, thereby earning the high point recognition.
Tuning up for the Winter Age Group Championships, Porterville’s Regan Hildreth
swept all eight events that she competed in for the 7-8 girls division,
100 free, 50 breast, 50 fly, 200 IM, 100 breasts, 50 free, 100 fly and
50 backstroke events. Regan improved well over 11 seconds in the 200 IM,
and was one of only two TNT swimmers to remain
undefeated, but the only undefeated swimmer with a full schedule of
Porterville’s counterpart, nine year old Nathan Boudreaux
took home the high point for the 9-10 boys division, while competing at
the bottom of the age division,
outscoring the 10-year old runner up by seven points. Nathan was the
winner of the 50 breast, and 100 breaststroke events, and came in second
for the 50 back and 100 IM. He was a top-8 finisher in
Also tuning up for the Winter Age Group Championships was Selma’s William Butts,
who at age 12 was the high point recipient for the 11-12 boys division.
finished top-3 in all eight of his events, taking home the gold in the
50 breast, 50 fly, 100 breast, and 50 backstroke events. At 88%, William
maintained one of the highest improvement rates among
any of our swimmers who competed at the meet.
William’s counterpart in Selma, Daniel Haley,
competed in only six events within the 13-14 division, but finishing
among the top 3 in all of his events, managed to
outscore all other 13-14 boys who competed at the meet by at least six
points to take home the high point for the division. Daniel was the
event champion for the 400 IM, and the 500 freestyle events.
He place 3rd in all other events.
Visalia’s Layla Flores was the high
point recipient for the 13-14 girls division, competing in her last meet
as a 14-year old. One of our top age group swimmers
who has already made inroads into meets on our senior circuit, Layla won
the 100 fly, 400 IM and 200 IM events while at the Fresno meet, then
placed 2nd in both the 100 free and 50 free,
and finally 3rd in the 500 free – placing top 3 in all events she competed in.
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
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
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.
swimmers traveled to Merced City College over the third weekend of
October for their Halloween meet, and one team record resulted from the
weekend’s efforts. Fourteen-year old
Bryan Wong competed in only two events
on Saturday, but posted a time of 1:49.68 in the 200 yard freestyle,
just squeezing under the previous record of 1:49.71 held
by Nathan Rhea, and set nine years earlier at the Winter Sectional meet
in 2009. Bryan’s new team record currently stands as the 68th fastest nationally for boys at age 14. Bryan was
undefeated for the day, winning both the 200 and 100 freestyle events.
Other undefeated TNT swimmers were led by Regan Hildreth, who at age 8, swept eight events over the two days, winning the 25, 50 & 200 free, the 25 & 50
breast, 50 back, 50 fly and 100 IM events for the 7-8 age division. Next in line was five year old Zach Walker, who won the 6-under 50 free, 25 free and 25 backstroke
events. Joining Bryan in being undefeated in two events was Bryce Wong who won both of his events (100 & 200 free in the 15-over age division). Additional event
winners included: Ella Bettencourt (200 breast), Nathan Boudreaux (100 breast), Layla Flores (50
free, 100 breast & 200 IM), Preston Niayesh (100 breast, 100 fly & 200 IM), Megan Ridenour (100 breast & 200 IM), and
Alexa Wong (50 fly).
Logan HIldreth and Noah Hoy were our only two swimmers who improved 100% of their times at the meet.
Of the 31 TNT
swimmers who competed at the Yosemite meet in the first weekend of
October, seven came away as event champions, and of those seven, two
remain undefeated at the meet. Eight year old
Regan Hildreth won all three events she scored in, and they included the 50 free, 50 back, and 100 IM, while five year old Zachariah
Walker won all three of his 6-under events, that included the 25
free, 50 free, and 25 backstroke events. Five additional swimmers came
home with gold, and these included Drew Black (winning the 11-12 100 fly), William Butts (winning the 11-12 100 breast), Isaak Ensz (7-8 50 back),
Dylan Hunt (15-18 100 breast), and Ava Olson (13-14 100 breast).
Eight TNT swimmers maintained a 100% improvement rate. Congratulations to a perfect meet go to: William Butts, Danielle Hager, Daniel Haley, Regan Hildreth, Isla Jay,
Clara Shinn, Liam Shinn, and Nicholas Vassylenko.