SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Logan D’Amore of Scotch Plains, a senior at The Wardlaw + Hartridge School in Edison, completed a record-setting career as a W+H swimmer in last weekend’s NJSIAA Meet of Champions by capturing two medals.
The following day, Monday, March 2, Logan was joined by his family at a signing ceremony as he officially announced his plans to continue his academic and athletic career at Emory University.
The D’Amore family arrived in Emory gear to celebrate the occasion in style: parents Tammy and Anthony, along with siblings and W+H alumni Nicholas ’15 and Cecily ’16. Andy Webster, Head of School, and Karl Miran, Athletic Director, also attended the ceremony.
“I’m super excited,” Logan said. “I’ve seen both of my siblings go through the whole process and especially my brother Nicholas (tennis at Gettysburg) with the sports aspect. I’m really excited to be having that same motivation to keep doing the sport in college.”
D'Amore was recruited by many schools who spotted his impressive times in a variety of events over the years. Always keeping an eye on academics, he weighed his options and decided to swim at a Division 3 school that also will provide a strong liberal arts education.
“I put academics over athletics my whole life,” he said. “Going in, I wanted to use the swimming to get into a better school. I want to study something science related or business related and Emory is well known for that. I just fit in well there.”
While many of Logan’s swim highlights have taken place on the club swimming circuit, he has left an impressive legacy in the W+H pool. He owns six school records, including all Freestyle distances, 100 Breaststroke and perhaps most notably the 200 Individual Medley (IM).
D'Amore competed in the 200 IM at the GMC Championships as a last-minute decision this season and wound up setting a school and County record on his way to another gold medal. He captured six gold and two silver medals in eight career races in the competitive GMC field. He also won three gold medals at the State Prep Championships in the past two years.
As he continues to train hard for upcoming YMCA state and national meets, Logan wasn’t at his peak for last weekend’s NJSIAA Meet of Champions. Nevertheless, he achieved his goal of qualifying for the A finals in both of his events – the 100 free and 200 free. He placed fourth in the 200 free and seventh in the 100 free to capture two MOC C medals.
“I wanted to make the finals and place as high as I could,” D'Amore said. “This is the height of my training season, so there was a lot of pain. I’m really happy with how I did -- considering how I felt.”
The level of competition will continue to become more challenging as the swimmer advances to the NCAA level. He’s looking forward to the positive and competitive culture at Emory.
“It’s going to be really competitive just because it’s a really big team and I’m not the fastest there. I’m one of the faster recruits, but I’m not the fastest on the team, so I’ll be motivated,” D'Amore said. “The people I’ve talked to are all really happy to be there. They all love Emory and have this motivation to do well. It’s not really competition with anyone else on the team, but it’s competition within themselves, which is a lot of what I do for motivation.”
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