Indian Hill High School’s Jason Zhao helps set WORLD swimming record!

Jason Zhao

The Indian Hill School District celebrates Indian Hill High School student-athlete Jason Zhao who anchored the junior world record relay in the 4x100m freestyle for Team USA! The junior was one of more than 600 swimmers from more than 100 countries competing at the 2023 World Junior Swimming Championship from September 4-9, in Netanya, Israel at the Wingate Institute. Zhao swam a 48.64, helping Team USA set the world junior record.

“I am super honored to have the opportunity to represent the United States on the international level,” said Zhao. “A huge thank you to all my teammates, coaches, and support staff on Team USA!”

In August, Zhao made national headlines after he won the 2023 Summer Junior National Championship 100m freestyle with a time of 49.39, becoming the fifth fastest 15-16 year-old in history! In February, Zhao made history as a sophomore during the Division II state swimming and diving meet at Canton’s C.T. Branin Natatorium, when he was on both state-winning relays for the Braves and broke the state record to earn an individual state champion title with a time of 4:24.01 in the 500-yard freestyle.

“We continue to be fortunate to have some of the best student-athletes not only in the country but in the world!” said Indian Hill Athletic Director Brian Phelps. “Jason Zhao is as good of a young man as he is a world record setting swimmer. We continue to be proud of his accomplishments and are excited to see him perform for our AquaBraves this winter season!”

Click here to see the video from World Aquatics.

The Indian Hill Board of Education will celebrate Zhao during the Tuesday, September 19 regularly scheduled meeting. All members of the Brave Family are invited to attend.

Photo caption: Indian Hill High School junior Jason Zhao