GMX7 Weekly Wonders of Age Group Swimming – 2/4/2022

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.

Mikayla Tan, 11, DART Swimming (DART-SN): Tan produced some incredible swims at the OAPB Senior Open Jan. 22-23, putting up the season’s fastest time in the girls’ 11-12 200 IM (2:07.89) and the second-fastest time in the 400 IM (4:31.56). Tan’s previous best times in the event were 2:11.57 and 4:37.19, respectively, and she also recorded new PBs in the 100 back (1:02.34) and 100 fly (59.65).

Aidin Muminovic, 12, Nova of Virginia Aquatic, Inc (NOVA-VA): At the NOVA January Distance meet two weeks ago, the 12-year-old Muminovic dropped over 36 seconds in the 1000 freestyle, clocking 10:01.38. That swim ranks him 22nd all-time in the boys’ 11-12 age group.

Kit Schneider, 16, Hinsdale Swim Club (HSC-IL): Schneider recorded four new best times at the BBSC Circle City Classic last weekend, highlighted by her 55.16 effort in the 100 backstroke where the 16-year-old knocked off over three-tenths from her previous PB. The Hinsdale swimmer also set lifetime bests in the 100 free (50.61), 500 free (5:01.49) and 200 IM (2:05.23).

John Simmons, 14, Eagle Swimming Association (ESA-GU): Simmons hit best times in the 50 back (24.43), 100 back (51.98) and 100 fly (52.12) at the UIL District 21-6A Champs on Jan. 21. The 100 back swim makes him the 15th-fastest 14-year-old in the country this season.

Ava Pape, 14, Texas Ford Aquatics (TFA-NT): Pape dropped three and a half seconds in the 400 IM at the NT Greater Southwest meet in late January, improving her 4:24.75 swim from Winter Juniors in December down to 4:21.23. That was just one of five events in which the 14-year-old set a best time in last weekend.

Eric Lee, 16, Scarlet Aquatics (SCAR-NJ): The 16-year-old Lee took off four-tenths in the 200 IM at the Bergen County Meet of Champions on Jan. 29, clocking 1:48.84 to improve on his previous best of 1:49.24 set in December. The swim ranks Lee 18th this season among 15-16 boys.

David McCagg, World Champion swimmer and GMX7 Founder

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4 months ago

congrats to these swimmers! 🙂

4 months ago

Do we know about when the 11 yr old Tan ages up, as in turning 13? I’m not at all familiar with her, as far when her last meet was as a 10 yr old, but JUST that 200IM time alone- I may be off by only a few tenths of a second, but that 2:07 time in her 200 IM is either just a second faster than, or within a second of the time Tracy Caulkins did as a 12 yr old, in the long gone heavier nylon competition suits Tracy would have been in- likely at an AAU SE meet, shortly before her 13th bday – beginning of January. I remember Katie Welch next broke that 12 &… Read more »

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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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