If they aren’t elite, they are close to it.
T’Maya Davis and Carlie Montgomery, two of the rising stars in the Troup County Sharks swimming program, went to great lengths last weekend at the Ralph Crocker Classic in Auburn, Ala.
Davis and Montgomery made their coaches and team look good. Both of the LaGrange 10-year-old swimmers qualified for the USA Swimming state meet, which is slated for Feb. 16-18 at Georgia Tech.
The two best friends do live in the moment and the pool. Montgomery and Davis are fast and getting more competitive all the time. Davis qualified for the state meet in the girls 50yard freestyle. She was clocked at 31.75 seconds. “I was just doing my strokes. I train every day, and I practice my dives,” said Davis.
As for swimming buddy No. 2, Montgomery, she qualified not once, but twice for the state meet. She is slippery fast. Montgomery made her marks and qualified for the state swim in the 50 freestyle (33.15 seconds) and the 50-yard butterfly (38.58 seconds).
She finished 10th in the girls butterfly event. “I was pushing myself, and it was stressful. I was working hard,” said Montgomery.
The Troup County Sharks also got some back-breaking effort from Silas Estes. In the 13 to 14 age division, Estes trimmed more than 20 seconds off his best time in the 200-yard freestyle. Estes was on the clock at 2:14.32.
Estes also had a fast swim in the boys 200 breaststroke where he had a mark of 2:15.09. The Sharks got another blistering time of 51.7 seconds from Daniel Gudgin in the 50-yard backstroke. Gudgin, an eight year old, cut nine seconds off his time.
He also chopped one second off his personal best in the 50 freestyle. Gudgin had a time of 44.49 seconds. Isabelle Estes of the Sharks was ready to race, too. Estes sliced nine seconds off her personal best in the 100 individual medley.
She was on the clock at 1:37.74. Sharks swimming star John Moore was cutting time, too. He cut eight seconds off his time in the 100 freestyle. He was on the clock at 1:18.
Moore also cut seven seconds off his best time in the 100 backstroke. He had a swimming mark of 1:30. Sharks standout Izzy Martin also swam her fastest in the meet at the Auburn University pool. Martin had a clocking of 1:37.74, and in the process she shaved nine seconds off her previous personal best.
Sharks senior swimmer Kate Moore was in the uptempo mood as well. She erased four seconds from her personal best in the girls 200 freestyle. Moore had a time of 2:07.44.
“We had a positive attitude. This meet was about doing your best and making improvements,” said Sharks coach Kristen Moore.