Josh Thruston has gotten use to the public address announcer at the Douglas County Swim Championships calling his name as the event winner.
For the last four years, the Chapel Hill High senior has dominated at the county meet, and Thursday at Boundary Waters Aquatics Center was no different.
In fact, Thruston might have taken it to a different level by capturing both the 100-yard butterfly and 100 backstroke events.
Faced with very little competition during his four-year reign as champion, Thruston went out with a big bang during the county championships.
In addition to leading both relay teams to championships, Thruston saved a little juice for himself.
In the 100 butterfly, he did it in 52.78 seconds to claim another county record. Thruston owns all the county marks in the individual events.
“I felt like I was a second or two off my personal best, but didn’t think I was going that fast,” Thruston said. “Overall, I don’t think I did too bad.”
With the Georgia High School Association’s Class AAAAA-A Swim and Dive Championships a week away, it was a good time.
His personal-best is a 51.60 set in December at the Georgia Swimming Senior Championship at Georgia Tech Aquatic Center in midtown Atlanta.
The GHSA championships will be held there next weekend, and with more competition, Thruston could see his personal broken.
During his career at Chapel Hill, he is an eight-time county champion.
“It is special to swim in the state meet because you go against some of the top swimmers,” Thruston said. “I see these guys in club swimming so I’m use to the competition. Getting the top time at the county meet is quite an honor.”
He won the 100 backstroke in 57.75 seconds to add another state qualifying time to his resume. In all, Thruston has qualified for seven of the eight state meet events.
Under GHSA rules, he is only allowed to swim two events at the state meet.
After starting his career with the now defunct West Georgia Swim Club at Boundary Waters Aquatic Center, Thruston moved on to the highly-competitive Swim Atlanta team.
Swim Atlanta is one of the top club programs in the nation and has boost some Olympic swimmers.
He said swimming for Swim Atlanta has definitely helped him become a better competitor. Thruston practices out of the team’s Georgia Tech location daily.
Last season, he finished 10th in the 50-yard freestyle while finishing 14th in the 100 free at the GHSA Class AAAAA-A meet.
“I’ve seen myself improve a lot since I’ve been there,” Thruston said. “Going to Swim Atlanta has really helped me became a better swimmer. I train everyday with some of the other top swimmers in the state. It will definitely help me when I get to the state meet.”
Now, Thruston is among the elite male swimmers in the state. The 6-foot-3 Thruston is the No. 33 recruit in the state according to college swimming.com.
He has signed a letter-of-intent to swim collegiately at Clarion University in Pennsylvania.
“I’m just happy to have left my mark on the swim program here at Chapel Hill,” Thruston said. “It give others coming behind me something to strive for. I’m definitely looking forward to state next week.”