GMX7 Weekly Wonders of Age Group Swimming – 10/1/2021

In our GMX7 Weekly Wonders of Age Group Swimming series, we celebrate swimmers of every age and experience level with age group profiles of some recent results.

Ilya Kharun, 16, Sandpipers of Nevada (SAND-CA): Competing at the Sandpipers’ dual against the  Boulder City Henderson Swim Team, the 16-year-old Kharun produced four personal best times, clocking 47.96 in the men’s 100 fly, 20.74 in the 50 free, 50.16 in the 100 back and 57.08 in the 100 breast. The 100 fly time marked a new PB by almost a full second, and moved Kharun into a tie for 52nd all-time in the boys’ 15-16 age group.

Andrew Zou, 16, Austin Swim Club (ASC-ST): Zou dropped a trio of personal best times at the Austin Swim Club’s IMX/IMR Challenge, highlighted by a massive 55.67 swim in the men’s 100 breaststroke. Zou’s clocking marked his first time sub-56, having previously been 56.06 in March. The 16-year-old also nailed bests in the 100 back (53.29) and 100 fly (52.37).

Bella Brito, 14, Beach Cities Swimming (CITI-CA): The 14-year-old Brito went five-for-five in setting personal bests at the Team Santa Monica September meet, including hitting a time of 23.70 in the women’s 50 freestyle and 57.17 in the 100 backstroke. The 50 free swim marked a 1.1-second best, while the 100 back neared three seconds under her old PB of 59.96.

Macky Hodges, 16, Mission Viejo Nadadores (MVN-CA): Mission Viejo’s Hodges had a strong start to the season at the MVN Senior SCY Series #1 meet, hitting a best time in the women’s 100 back and nearing one in the 50 free. Hodges, who hit her previous 100 back best of 55.20 in December 2020, blasted a 54.98 in that race, and in the 50 free, clocked 23.55 after scoring a best of 23.33 in March.

Quintin McCarty, 17, Pikes Peak Athletics (PPA-CO): McCarty, who is committed to swim at NC State in one year’s time, matched his personal best time of 19.95 in the men’s 50 free at the Pikes Peak Athletics Annual Kick Off meet. McCarty also put up a solid time of 48.84 in the 100 fly, less than half a second off his 48.39 PB set last December.

David McCagg, World Champion swimmer and GMX7 Founder

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JP input is too short
2 months ago

McCarty just did a 21.9 SCM 50 at the World Cup too.

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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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