PERTH AMBOY, NJ - Logan D'Amore wasn't going to be satisfied with one gold medal this time.
The Wardlaw+Hartridge sophomore became the first swimmer in school history to win multiple gold medals at the Greater Middlesex Conference Championships when he posted an impressive double at Raritan Bay YMCA on Friday, Jan. 26.
D'Amore, who lives in Scotch Plains, captured first place in the 200-meter freestyle (1:43.18) and 500-meter freestyle (4:43.05). Last year as a freshman, he won the GMC title in the 500 but fell just short in second place in the 200. This time, he took a more aggressive approach to the 200 and rolled to victory.
"I lost because I didn’t go out fast enough last year so I wanted to go out faster and see what I had left," said D'Amore, who also swims for the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA (FSPY). “It’s rough to go out sprinting and I was hurting at the end, but I got through it.”
After 30 minutes of rest and lots of water, Logan returned to the pool and defended his GMC title in the 500.
“I just wanted to win the two races, especially the 500 because I want to defend that four years running,” he said.
D'Amore topped Nathan Borges of Piscataway by more than five seconds in the 200 and better than four seconds in the 500. Logan won the two most lopsided races of the meet to become one of only four swimmers to earn double gold. He’s on the brink of the W+H record in the 200 and already owns the school record in the 500.
“I like distance better because you have more control over what you can do,” D'Amore said. “You can push the first half and then it’s all pretty much mental after that.”
D'Amore now sets his sights on the State Prep Championships at Lawrenceville next week and ultimately the NJSIAA Meet of Champions at the end of the season. He’ll continue training hard and getting himself primed to face the state’s fastest swimmers.
“I definitely want to place in the top five,” said Logan, who will compete in the 200 and 500 freestyle events. “I know the kids who are going and I know I can keep up.”