Pac-Five swimmer Albert Zhi — a native of China — committed to Georgia Tech this week, according to his club coach and legal guardian Jialin “Sunny” Sun of Sun-shine Aquatics.
Zhi broke one individual league record (44.82 seconds, 100-yard freestyle) and was part of another record (3 minutes, 8.87 seconds, 400 freestyle relay) at the Interscholastic League of Honolulu championship meet last weekend.
“He is a self-motivator and he wants to be the best he can, academically and athletically,” Sun wrote about Zhi via email to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and Hawaii Prep World. “He is strong and has a lot of potential to continue his improvement. A very dedicated kid who is fun to be around with. He loves building airplanes, so will be majoring in aerospace/aeronautical engineering at Georgia Tech. He is very much looking forward to it.”
At last year’s state championship meet, Zhi won the 50 freestyle, placed second in the 200 medley relay and the 100 freestyle and third in the 400 freestyle relay.
Sun, who is also from China, was responsible for arranging for Zhi and Pac-Five and Sun-shine Aquatics teammate MJ Mao to move to America to attend Maryknoll.
Mao set records at the ILH meet, is a high school state-meet record-holder and a Hawaii (all ages) record-holder, and will be making a decision on college soon.
Both Mao and Zhi will be competing in the high school state championships, Feb. 10-11 at the Duke Kahanamoku Aquatics Complex.