Aquazot Swim Club’s Amir Ali, 13, Drops 2:12.6/4:41.7 Medley Times

2023 CA SCS/RAA Summer Age Group Championships

  • July 20-23, 2023
  • Riverside, California
  • LCM (50 meters)
  • Results

Aquazot Swim Club’s Amir Ali had a standout performance at the Southern California Swimming Age Group Championships in Riverside in late July, highlighted by his effort in the 200 IM.

Ali, 13, blasted his way to a time of 2:12.65, ranking him 20th all-time among 13-year-old boys in the U.S., having brought his best time down from 2:16.35 to 2:14.40 in the prelims.

Ali also put up a time of 4:41.77 in the 400 IM, ranking 23rd all-time for 13-year-olds as he undercuts his previous best set in June of 4:43.34.

Ali also clocked best times in the 200 fly (2:13.73) and 200 breast (2:32.83), placing second in both (13-14 age group), and he led off the Aquazot 200 free relay in 27.19 for a new 50 free best.

Two other notable Aquazot performers on the male side came from Raymond Jew and Taylor Thongintra, both breaststroke specialists.

Jew put up a time of 1:17.79 in the 100 breast to rank third among 11-year-old boys this season, while Thongintra, 14, narrowly missed his best times en route to victories in the 100 breast (1:07.09) and 200 breast (2:24.02).

Thongintra’s 100 and 200 breast best times of 1:06.75 and 2:23.13 rank 71st and 36th all-time in the boys’ 13-14 age group, respectively.

He also swam a PB of 2:11.86 in the 200 IM, good for 24th this season in the 13-14 age group.

On the female side, 16-year-old Zara Masud of the Aquazots won all six events she contested, including a new best time and Juniors Cut of 1:01.37 in the 100 fly and additional bests in the 100 back (1:05.06) and 50 free (27.13).

The top performances power-point wise for the girls came from Aquazot swimmers Tina Tang (9) and Lyric Radke (10), with Tang clocked 34.59 in the 50 fly and 1:17.87 in the 100 fly, while Radke went 32.36 in the 50 fly and 1:13.78 in the 100 fly.

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About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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