Athlete of the Week: Eric Thomure

By: Matt Long of the Telegraph
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Eric Thomure had quite a performance during the Suburban Swim League’s championship meet held July 24-26 at Sierra College in Rocklin.

Competing for the Broadstone Barracudas in the 11-12-year-old boys’ division, Thomure scored 50 points during the competition, which was not only the highest point total in his age group, but the fourth-highest total of the entire meet.

Thomure won the 100 individual medley, 50 backstroke and 50 freestyle, while placing second in the 50 butterfly and third in the 50 breast stroke.

He and his teammates also placed second in the 200 medley and 200 free relays.

“Eric is a cool kid,” Barracudas Coach Brian Heise said. “He’s a very focused swimmer, but a comedian when his focus drifts. He’s very inquisitive, and enjoys being a student of the sport. Because Eric has multi-sported his whole life, (soccer, basketball, baseball, gymnastics and cross country) he is quite a balanced athlete. This makes tweaking his swimming technique much easier. Eric gets a little nervous at big meets like champs, but he's good at managing his nerves. He’s a great competitor, and works pretty hard in practice as well.”


Folsom Telegraph: How old are you, what school do you go to and what grade will you be in this fall?

Eric Thomure: I am 12 years old and this fall I will be going into seventh grade at California Montessori Project in Shingle Springs.


FT: Do sports run in the family?

ET: Yes, both of my brothers and I have done a variety of sports in the past. However, currently we've all been doing one or two sports in the past few years.


FT: How long have you been swimming? What do you like best about it?

ET: I have been swimming since the age of 4. My favorite part about swimming is meeting new friends and achieving goals.


FT: What’s your favorite swim stroke and event?

ET: My favorite event in swimming is the individual medley, in which all the strokes are blended into one; and my favorite stroke is backstroke.


FT: Do you play any other sports?

ET: Yes, I do gymnastics 20 hours a week at Technique Gymnastics, training level 7.  I used to do many other sports, but gymnastics takes up too much of my time.


FT: What’s your favorite class in school and why?

ET: My favorite class in school is math because it is logical and makes so much sense; it’s also fun – I’m weird like that. I am also looking forward to taking science and chemistry.


FT: Favorite sports team?

ET: The best sports team is the Broadstone Barracudas swim team.


FT: Favorite Food?

ET: Guacamole!


FT: What inspires you in sports?

ET: I like to push myself against others to be my best.


FT: What do you think you might want to do when you grow up?

ET: I would like to be a professional swimmer or gymnast, but that is very unlikely. I would like to know what other types of jobs there are because, besides those, I have no clue.