Kate Moore showed up and showed off.
The Troup County Sharks swimmer was at the top of her game in the USA Swimming 14 and Under State Championships on Friday, Feb. 17 at Georgia Tech. Moore swam her fastest time ever in the 50-yard freestyle.
She was clocked at 25.88 seconds. Moore’s previous personal best in the 50 freestyle was 25.95 seconds.
“I felt stressed and nervous, but I always swim as hard as I can. And it is always good when you drop time. I’ve been training hard and working on my techniques and tight turns,” said Moore.
She has been a competitive swimmer for six seasons, and she seldom misses a Sharks workout. Moore still surprised herself at the state meet in Atlanta.
“The USA swimmers are more serious, and everybody is real fast,” said Moore.
She competed, too, with the best swimmers in the state. Moore is one of the best.
“I know I’m getting faster. I know I’m doing better,” said Moore.
She finished 29th in the state in the girls 50-yard freestyle. Sharks assistant coach Kristen Moore was there to watch every second of the sprint. The coach, who is also the mother of the Sharks swimmer, was exceedingly proud of her daughter.
“Kate was prepared. She decided she wanted to do her best. She had great tempo and determination. She had strength, power and technique,” said Kristen Moore.
It was more than a race and just another swimming meet.
“This was exciting,” said coach Moore. “This was a milestone for Kate.”
She was the one and the only swimmer from the Troup County Sharks in the state swimming meet.
Chris Fernsler Sports Writer