The question marks have been replaced with gold medals.
John Moore, the 10year-old swimmer from the Troup County Sharks, opened an aquatic floodgate with not one, but two state titles on Friday in Canton. Moore swam faster and better than he ever thought possible in the Georgia Recreation and Park Association State Swimming Meet.
“I know I can win (now), and it was hard,” said Moore. “I used my experience.”
Moore also used his slippery arms, his relentless kick and his long reach at the concrete wall.
“This means a lot,” said Moore.
He won his two state championships in the boys 10 and under 50-yard freestyle and 25 backstroke. His golden time in the freestyle was 29.28 seconds. There is none better than Moore in Georgia.
Moore won another state swimming title with a time of 16.75 seconds in the boys 25-yard backstroke. He spent every ounce of energy.
“He had some doubts. But he set a goal, and he worked toward it. John was pretty pumped. He is very competitive, and he has a lot of strength,” said his mother, Kristen Moore, who also coaches the Sharks with William Yin.
John Moore sharpened his teeth one more time on some silver in Canton. Moore finished second in the state in the 25-yard butterfly. Moore had a second place time of 14.70 seconds.
Moore’s sister, Kate, won a couple of GRPA medals, too. Kate Moore, a 17-year-old fast finisher, took second place in the girls 50-yard freestyle (25.78 seconds) and the 50 breaststroke (32.92 seconds).
The Troup County Sharks won some bronze medals, too. Carlie Montgomery took care of that with a pair of third places in the 11-12 age division. Montgomery nabbed some bronze with state times of 27.63 seconds in the 50 freestyle and 29.59 seconds in the 50 breaststroke.
T’Maya Davis also brought home a sixth place for the Sharks in the 100 freestyle in the girls 11-12 age class. Davis was on the clock at 1:05.62. The Sharks got another sixth place from Daniel Gudgin in the 10 and under 25yard backstroke.
Gudgin had a time of 18.49 seconds.
“I swam perfectly fine, but some other boys swam faster. I needed a better finish, and I needed to swim some bigger strokes,” said Gudgin.
The Sharks did notch third place in the 11-12 age division 200 mixed medley relay. Troup County won a bronze medal with a time of 2:22.85. Swimming on that relay team for the Sharks was the foursome of T’Maya Davis, Carlie Montgomery, Kai Crisp and Benjamin Ward.
“It was nerve-wracking, but we were real fast,” said Crisp.
Troup County had a good swim in the 100-yard freestyle relay as well. In that 10 and under event the Sharks finished eighth with a time of 1:06.3. Giving the team everything they had was the relay squad of Bruce Martinez, Wyatt Jeffcoat, Daniel Gudgin and John Moore.
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