GMX7 Weekly Wonders of Age Group Swimming – 5/7/2021

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.

Evan Croley, 15, Streamline Aquatics (SASA-ST): In Texas, the 15-year-old Croley made his first swim ever under a minute in the 100-meter backstroke. He cut nearly two full seconds to go 59.41.

Owen Tharrington, 13, Zeus Swim Team (ZEUS-CT): 13-year-old Tharrington hit his own personal best in the 100 long course meter backstroke, going 1:02.34. That was a massive drop from a 1:08.52 he put up before the pandemic in the summer of 2019.

Teagan O’Dell, 14, Irvine Novaquatics (NOVA-CA): In California, 14-year-old O’Dell dropped a whopping 3.6 seconds from her personal best, going 2:14.51 in the 200-long-course-meter backstroke. O’Dell has dropped big in the 200-yard back this year (from 1:56.6 to 1:55.6), and transferred over that speed with a great long course swim.

Emma Kern, 16, Aquajets Swim Team (AQJT-MN): Kern had an awesome run in the 100-long-course-meter back over the past few months. Her best time was a 1:03.7 from the winter of 2020 – before the coronavirus pandemic. But Kern hit 1:02.9 in late March, then went 1:02.3 and 1:02.9 again at the TYR Cup in late April.


David McCagg, World Champion swimmer and GMX7 Founder

About GMX7

Founded in 2018, GMX7 is based in St. Petersburg, Florida and is dedicated to changing the world of swimming by empowering competitive swimmers with the best aquatic resistance training devices ever created. GMX7 was founded by David McCagg, a 7-time gold medalist, former world record holder and winner of multiple national championships. The first device on the market by GMX7 is the X1-PRO. Designed by ROBRADY Engineering, it has already been the recipient of several awards including the 2020 International Design Excellence Award and the 2020 Red Dot Award for product design.


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