Swimmer Ajari makes national rankings | SierraSun.com

Swimmer Ajari makes national rankings

USA Swimming’s Top 16 Age Group times were published in the February 2001 issue of Swimming World magazine, and among the top 16 swimmers in the 11-12 age group was Leslie Ajari of the Truckee-Tahoe Swim Team.

Top 16 times are tabulated on the basis of a national reportable time standard for age groups from 10 and under through 17 and 18. To qualify for consideration a swimmer must swim the time standard for a particular event. These reportable times are then taken and ranked according to the fastest 16 times throughout the country.

The rankings published in Swimming World magazine cover the period from Sept. 1, 1999 through Aug. 31, 2000.

There are 17 individual events for the 11-12 age group in which Leslie Ajari, now 13, competed. She made the top 16 events in four of the 17 events.

The four events, her time, and ranking are as follows; the 50 meter breaststroke (36.46 – 16th), 100 meter breaststroke (1:18.33 – 10th), 200 meter breaststroke (2:50.13 – 9th), and the 200 meter individual medley (2:27.98 – 2nd).

Ajari was honored at the Sierra Nevada Swimming Banquet Saturday evening in Woodland along with teammates Daniel Gelso, Lauren Browning and Jessica McGovern. Ajari received the top 11-12 award for the season in both short course (25 yard or meter pool) and long course. She also aged up in August and was able to capture the second place in the 13-14 age group for long course.

Gelso won the top 8 and under boy for long course and took third place in short course. Browning and McGovern, along with Ajari, received recognition for being part of the 2000 Western Zone Team for their respective age groups.

Ajari and Browning are gearing up for the Tahoe Truckee High School swimming season which begins next month.

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