Folsom Athlete of the Week: Cris GoreBy: Matt Long, Sports Editor
Cris Gore led a group of eight swimmers from the Lifetime Fitness Swim Team in Folsom at the USA Swimming Futures Championships held Aug. 2-5 in Santa Clara.
Gore earned the team’s only gold medal, as he placed first in the 200-meter butterfly with a time of 2 minutes, 4.63 seconds, making him a Futures champion. His time was just .04 seconds shy of the Winter Nationals qualifying time.
“Cris had an incredible 200 fly,” said Lifetime swim coach Tim McCormick. “He took charge of the field on lap one and never looked back. He led the race the whole way. His time is currently ranked 15th in the country for 16-year-old boys.
“Cris is a hard worker who is fun to coach. He’s an exciting swimmer in the pool, as you never know what you might get. If he is in contention to win a race toward the end, he’s the best closer I’ve ever coached.”
Folsom Telegraph: What school do you go to and what grade will be you in this year?
Cris Gore: I go to Vista and I will be a junior this year.
FT: What have you been doing this summer?
CG: Besides swimming … a lot of sitting around, and going to the lake and cliff jumping with my friends.
FT: Do sports run in your family?
CG: My dad swam in high school and JC, my mom played softball and intramurals throughout college. My younger sister, who will be a freshman, is also a swimmer.
FT: How long have you been swimming and how did you get your start in it?
CG: One of my mom’s friends recommended swimming to stay in shape for other sports. I started when I was 10.
FT: What do you like about swimming?
CG: I like being able to hang out with my friends on the team. I also like racing.
FT: Do you have a favorite swim stroke and if so why is it your favorite?
CG: Butterfly – it has always come easy to me.
FT: What is your best/favorite event and why?
CG: 200 fly, I can typically outlast people in this event.
FT: You recently won the 200-meter butterfly in Futures Championship Meet held in Santa Clara . Are you surprised you won or with your time of 2:04.63? Was this the biggest win over your career or no?
CG: This was the biggest win of my swimming career so far. I was happy I won, but I wasn’t surprised because I had set my goal to win (particularly since I was racing a college swimmer.)
FT: Do you have any short or long-term goals with swimming?
CG: I would like to get a scholarship to swim in college.
FT: Who has been the biggest influence on your swimming career and why?
CG: My coach, Tim McCormick, has had the biggest impact on my improvements, and my family has been very supportive. There is a lot of travel and a lot of hours, they make a lot of sacrifices for us.
FT: Are you involved in any other sports?
CG: I used to play football and baseball, but at 12 years old, I decided to stick with just swimming.
FT: What is your favorite subject in school and why?
CG: Flex time.
FT: Favorite Food?
FT: Favorite music?
CG: Sicko Mode by Travis Scott.
FT: Do you have any pets? Tell us about them.
CG: I have two dogs, Chile, our black lab, and Kiko, our Chorkie. Chile barks – A LOT, and Kiko is the alpha dog at 12 pounds.
FT: Do you have any hobbies? What do you like to do in your free time?
CG: Music, video games, cliff jumping with my friends.
FT: What inspires you in sports?
CG: My team. Even though swim is mostly an individual sport, when you spend that much time with people, you become good friends. I also like the competition in racing.
FT: What are your career goals? Are you interested in a certain type of job/career yet?
CG: I want to get a degree in business entrepreneurship.