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.
Christian Guettler, 12, Saint Petersburg Aquatics (SPA-FL): Guettler took on three 50-yard events at the SPA & TBAC Saturday morning meet in Saint Petersburg, highlighted by a blistering 25.03 swim in the 50 butterfly. That swim ranks him 10th among 11-12 boys in the 2021-22 season, which officially concluded at the end of August. He also swam a best of 23.80 in the 50 free, ranking him tied for 36th in the season, and he was four one-hundredths shy of a PB in the 50 breast (30.15).
Claire Stuhlmacher, 15, Fast Lane Aquatics (FSLA-FL): Stuhlmacher nailed a trio of lifetime bests at the Stingrays SCY Season Opener in Tampa, including dropping over two seconds in the 400 IM for a time of 4:30.10. The Fast Lane Aquatics product also swam a time of 4:58.80 in the 500 free, which is the 56th-fastest among 15-year-old girls in the 2021-22 season (Sept. 1, 2021 to Aug. 31, 2022).
Luke Ellis, 15, Sandpipers of Nevada (SAND-CA): Ellis had a strong start to his short course season at the Desert Invitational (SCY), as the 15-year-old Sandpiper dropped a lifetime best of 1:47.78 in the 200 backstroke. That swim undercut his previous best of 1:47.84, set at the Speedo Winter Junior Championships last December, and is the 12th-fastest time among 15-year-old boys done in 2021-22.
Sofia Jorge, 14, Metro Aquatic Club of Miami (MACM-FG): Jorge, racing at the SoFlo and TYR Back to School Developmental meet in Florida, swam the 1000 freestyle for the first time, putting up a very strong time of 10:30.00. The time ended up being quicker than the 14-year-old’s 500 best time doubled (5:17.33), and sits 66th in the 2021-22 season rankings.
Atlas Konidaris, 10, Life Time Nevada Swim Club (LIFE-CA): Competing at the Desert Invitational (SCY) at the end of August, Konidaris registered six new lifetime bests. This included breaking the 1:00-barrier for the first time in the boys’ 100 freestyle (59.90), cracking 2:10 for the first time in the 200 free (2:09.36), and a 1:08.11 in the 100 fly.
Chloe Gyang, 12, Unattached (UN-CA): Also at the Desert Invitational, Gyang established six personal bests in the girls’ 11-12 age group, including a 27.78 showing in the 50 butterfly. That marked a sizeable improvment from her previous PB, set in March, when she went 28.51. Another one of her bests came in the 50 back, where Gyang improved from 30.97 to 29.46.
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