The little boy with the big heart and the wet kick joined some select company last weekend in Cumming.
Troup County Sharks swimmer John Moore finished second in the boys 100-yard individual medley at the Georgia Recreation and Park Association State Meet. Moore, the eight year old, got what he came for: recognition and a good swimming time.
The son of Sharks swimming coach Kristen Moore was on the state clock at 1:32.53. That is a Sharks team record in the eight and under division.
“I’ve been practicing a lot. I swam hard, and I got nervous. But my friends (and teammates) supported me,” said John Moore.
He had plenty left over for other events at the state meet. Moore broke another Sharks team record in the 50-yard freestyle with a fourth place time of 34.33 seconds.
“All of our swimmers stepped up,” said William Yin, the head coach of the Sharks senior team.
Moore’s elder sister, Kate, had some adrenaline going, too, with a fourth place in the 50-yard breaststroke (33.69 seconds) and a seventh place in the 100 freestyle (time of 58.10 seconds). Kate Moore swam in the 18 and under class.
Moore also swam on two Sharks relay teams that placed in the top 11 at state. The Sharks were on the clock at 2:01.78 in the freestyle relay with Jade Crisp, Izzy Martin, Belinda Hart and Kate Moore. That team finished 10th in the state.
Hart, Crisp, Moore and Taylor Bowden also placed 11th in the meet for the Sharks in the girls 18 and under medley relay. The Sharks had a time of 2:16.89.
Bowden, a first-time state swimmer, did alright for herself and her team. Bowden was also on the clock at 1:27.23 in the girls 12 and under 100 freestyle. She swam in two age divisions, and she swam fast.
“The coaches said I did good, and there were a lot of people watching me. I still could get better,” said Bowden. “This was a new experience (for me).”
The Sharks had another ribbon-winner with a sixth place in the 10 and under mixed medley relay. Touching the wall at 1:14.55 was the Sharks relay team of John Moore, Carlie Montgomery, Kai Crisp and T’- Maya Davis.
Crisp swam for the Sharks eighth-place relay team in the 10 and under freestyle as well. Crisp was in charge of the anchor leg. Swimming with Crisp were Sharks teammates Alexis Wingenback, Makyn Childers and Ada Pirrman.
They improved their time at the state swim with a mark of 1:11.95. And coach Kristen Moore was overjoyed and in the swimming moment.
“I had a chill bump. They dropped eight seconds. They were motivated and focused,” said Moore.
Jade Crisp of the Sharks senior team went off the deep end, too. In the 14 and under age class, Crisp finished seventh in the 100-yard individual medley (1:12.65), and she was the eighth fastest swimmer in the 50 freestyle (28.14 seconds).
Christopher Moore also got a swimming workout for the Sharks. In the 12 and under age division, Moore was on the clock at 31.81 seconds in the 50 freestyle. He also placed 18th in the state in the 50yard butterfly with a time of 38.23 seconds.
Sharks swimmer Belinda Hart was competing and swimming as well. Hart shot into the top seven in the girls 18 and under 50yard butterfly. She was on the clock at 28.96 seconds. Hart won a ribbon.
Carlie Montgomery gave everything that she had for the Sharks, too. Montgomery finished 14th out of 32 swimmers in the girls 10 and under 25-yard freestyle. The Sharks swimmer was timed at 16.04 seconds.
“We did good, and this makes you want to go faster,” said Montgomery.