Last Saturday, 2/29, was a beautiful day in the water as our TKA Swim team entered its first competition of the season, the Spring Kickoff Invitational at Palo Alto High School. This squad of nearly three dozen swimmers is full of crafty senior vets and savage up-and-coming youngsters. In all, there is a lot of reason for excitement both for the present and future.
In her very first day of competition as a TKA Knight, Tristen Mina (9th), turned in a blistering time in the 100-yd butterfly and smashed the CCS-qualifying time by over 2 full seconds. Tristen also teamed up with sister and captain Kaitlyn Mina (12th), Abigail Ninan (9th/PSP), and captain Zoe Jacobs (12th), to completely ruin the CCS-qualifying time in the 200-yd Medley Relay.
The Mina Sisters did not stop there, however, teaming up again in the 400-yd Freestyle relay along with Abigail Ninan (9th/PSP), and Katie Vogel (11th/PSP), to clinch a CCS qualifier.
Abigail Ninan is a name we best all get used to hearing in TKA aquatics, because this PSP freshman is only just beginning her tear through the WBAL. Aside from contributing to two CCS-qualifying relay teams, Abby came in under the CCS cut time in the 50-yd freestyle. She'll be slicing the water looking for more qualifiers this Saturday at the small School Invite at Sacred Heart.
Other notable achievements include Sophia Groves (11th) who swam competitively for the first time ever, (as in ever), and whittled some time off her previous best in the 50 Freestyle. Daphne Han (9th) likewise achieved personal records in two of her three individual events, the 50 and 100 Freestyle, on her very first day wearing a TKA cap. Joshua Ridder (10th) broke the minute for the first time in the 100-yd freestyle, coming in at 58.92 seconds, and he also achieved a PR in the 100-yd backstroke. Captain Darren Chin (12th) took home a PR of his own in the 100 Back.
As it has across the community, illness has hit our team hard in the last month, but we are rounding into full-squad form just as we enter league competition, beginning with this Saturday's Small School Invite at Sacred Heart Prep. Please pray for good health and a continued joyful spirit surrounding this team.
There is a lot to be joyful about.
Brian Robinson, Esq.