April 6, 2018
Thomas Young, a senior at Tate High School, became the third GPAC senior team member to prepare to swim collegiately next season when he gave his verbal commitment last week to swim for The University of the South, or more familiarly, Sewanee.
“I realized that at Sewanee I could stand out,” Young commented. “At another school, you are a number. At Sewanee, you are a name. I feel I would enjoy the comfort of a smaller, more personal school and the swim and dive team were really fun and interesting.”
Thomas, who is another “homegrown” GPAC swimmer, began his tenure with GPAC at Milestone under coach Alex Gillespie at age 10. He has ascended through each training group in the program, finishing in the Senior group under head coach Phil Kraus. Young is an eight-time Southeastern qualifier and has qualified for both age group and senior sectionals in his time with GPAC.
Thomas is going to make a big impact for the Sewanee Tigers’ team, which competes in the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) against teams such as Birmingham Southern. Thomas’ times will already help the team’s 800-yd freestyle relay, and based on this past championships’ results, Thomas will also be a finalist in the distance freestyle events as well as the middle-distance butterfly events.
GPAC is proud to have developed another swimmer in the class of 2018 that will rise to the higher levels of competitive swimming and personal achievement