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.
Max Stern, 10, Opelika Swim Team (OST-SE): Stern recorded three personal best times at the Auburn Aquatics Invitational in early December, most notably a 1:12.33 effort in the 100 breaststroke (SCY) that ranks him fourth among 10-year-old boys in the 2022-23 season. His time of 2:22.56 in the 200 IM slots him into fifth in the country this season, too.
Abigail Chan, 13, Huntsville Swim Association (HSA-SE): Also competing at the Auburn Aquatics Invitational, Chan swam to a new lifetime best of 24.10 in the 50 free, ranking her eighth this season among 13-year-old girls. Chan’s swim marked an impressive improvement after she swam a PB of 25.07 in October. The Huntsville Swim Association member added a 2:08.60 best in the 200 IM.
Luke Zardavets, 13, Planet Swim Aquatics (PSA-FL): Zardavets blasted his way to a time of 57.91 in the 100 breaststroke at the South Carolina Swim Club’s 7th Annual Blizzard Blast, making him the fastest 13-year-old in the U.S. since Michael Andrew (57.03 in 2013) while nearly cracking the all-time top 100 for 13-14s. Zardavets also recorded best times in the 200 IM (1:54.02), 100 fly (51.73), 400 IM (4:09.22) and 500 free (4:44.74), with the 200 IM showing ranking him fifth among 13-year-olds since the beginning of 2010.
Ariana Nahidi, 12, Waterloo Swimming (WLOO-ST): Nahidi swam to lifetime bests in six different events at the Jingle Bell Splash last weekend hosted by Longhorn Aquatics, highlighted by efforts of 27.47 in the 50 fly and 54.88 in the 100 free.
Jack Maron, 16, Bluefish Swim Club (ABF-NE): Maron flew under the radar amid some blistering swims at the New England Senior Championships, but performed exceptionally well with new best times across eight events. Among those was a 3:54.32 showing in the boys’ 400 IM, ranking him seventh this season among 15-16s. He also moved into the top 10 in the 200 IM, clocking 1:50.93 for ninth in 2022-23.
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