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DeMott swims his way to state title for Americus-Sumter

By Tim DeMott

 

ATLANTA – Antony DeMott became Americus-Sumter High School’s newest state champion after winning the 100-Yard Butterfly event at the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) 1-3A Championship meet at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center on Thursday, February 4.

The high school senior was the fifth fastest seed going into the meet after an abbreviated 2020-21 season. “I knew the other swimmers I would be racing, and I felt like I was capable of winning,” said DeMott after the event.

Swimming in lane 2, DeMott got off to a quick start and found himself in second place by the first 25 yards. At the 50-yard marker, DeMott had moved up to within five-hundredths of the leader—John Beamon of Mount Vernon Prep. By the last turn, the two were dead even and DeMott used his momentum to surge past in the last five yards to win by two tenths. His winning time of 49.08 is an Americus-Sumter school record, beating the mark of 51.03 set by Jamey Myers in 1989.

DeMott is considering a number of opportunities to continue his swimming career at the University level, but his first choice would be to secure a spot on the Georgia Bulldog roster. He also has his sights on qualifying for the U.S. Olympic Trials in June.