Santa Monica College freshman swimmer Ahmed Mathlouthi has been recognized as the inaugural California Community College Sports Information Association Men’s Athlete of the Year for the 2011-12 season.

Mathlouthi’s impressive achievements this season included setting three California Community College records in winning all three of his individual events at the association’s state championship meet.

One of the state records also set a new national standard.

The Corsair swimmer opened the meet with a record in the 500-yard freestyle, breaking the old state mark by 4.6 seconds, and shattering the national record by 3.5 seconds (4:18.90).

On the second day he broke the 200-yard freestyle state record by 1.8 seconds, and on the final day of the championships, Mathlouthi shattered the state record in the 1,650-yard freestyle by 11 seconds (15:07.30). In that race, he beat the second place finisher by 1 minute, 2 seconds.

Mathlouthi finished as an All-American in seven different events (three relays) and was the nation’s fastest swimmer this season in the three state-winning events, according to the sports information association.

The SMC athlete plans to compete at the 2012 London Summer Olympics, qualifying thus far in the 200 meters for his home country of Tunisia. ¤