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Ahmed Mathlouthi – Tunisia, 200-meter freestyle – Santa Monica College

Santa Monica College freshman Ahmed Mathlouthi set three state records at the California Community College Athletic Association Swim and Dive State Championships at East Los Angeles College in April. His 500 yard freestyle time of 4:18.90 minutes not only shattered the state mark of 4:23.52 set in 2009 by Orange Coast College’s Riki Yano, but he broke the National Junior College Athletic Association record of 4.22.17 set in 2009 by Mateo De Angulo of Florida’s Indian River State College.

Mathlouthi will compete for Tunisia in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. He’s qualified for the 200 meter freestyle event.

On the second day of the three-day state championships, Mathlouthi broke the state’s 200 yard free record with a time of 1:35.29, eclipsing the mark of 1:37.08 set by Yano in 2009. The second-place finisher touched the wall nearly six seconds behind Mathlouthi.

On the final day Mathlouthi wowed with a 1,650 yard free time of 15:07.30 that destroyed Yano’s previous best by 11.15 seconds. Mathlouthi’s victory was a rout, defeating the next competitor by more than a minute. He actually lapped several competitors.

For his efforts at the state meet, Mathlouthi was selected as the California Community Colleges Sports Information Association Men’s Athlete of the Year for the 2011-2012 academic year.

According to the CCCSIA, Mathlouthi’s combined efforts at state will go down as one of the greatest single performances of any sport ever in California Community College athletic history. He finished as an All-American in seven different events, including three relays, and was the nation’s fastest community college swimmer this season in his three state record-setting events.

Mathlouthi won the gold medal in the 800-meter free at the 2011 All-Africa Games in Mozambique.

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