Jake Davis, a recent Toombs County High School graduate, ended his GRPA swimming career by winning two state titles in Tifton. Davis, who specialized in the freestyle stroke for the Bulldogs, won the 50 and 100-yard freestyle races. Jake has been swimming in the GRPA State meet since 2007 and this was the first time he has won a state title. His best finish prior was second. Watch both races
In the 50, Jake’s winning time was 22.32. Josiah Copeland (Blue Tide) was second at 22.49. Davis also won the preliminary race in a quicker time (22.15) and by a larger margin (.56) over Copeland.
Davis won the 100-yard race by more than a second. His 48.82 beat Jeff Davis’s Laramie Sellers by 1.06 seconds. Jake took the prelim in 48.93.
Brother and sister swim in same meet
For the first time at state, Jake was joined by his younger sister Kensley. In her first GRPA State action the seven-year old proved that she is ready to swim in her brother’s wake. Kensley placed fourth in the 50-yard freestyle in 39.57 and she was third in the 25-yard freestyle in 17.57.
Davis the swimming trailblazer
On March 16, 2o15 Jake became the first Toombs County swimmer to sign a college scholarship. Jake signed with South Georgia State College, one of the top junior college programs in the country.
Davis was a one-man swim team at TCHS in his junior and senior seasons. He earned the Bulldogs their first ever points at the GHSA State Swim Meet at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center.
Competing against swimmers from Class 1A through 5A, Davis finished 11th in the 50 Freestyle Prelim in a time of 21.87, which was faster than his qualifying time of 22.23.
Davis made the finals for the first time in his career and he finished third in the B-Final in 21.96. Overall, Jake placed 13th out of 61 swimmers earning Toombs County eight team points. He was second out of the Triple A swimmers entered in the event.
Jake also competed in the 100 Freestyle Prelim and was 35th out of 54 swimmers in 49.93, .06 under his qualifying time. All of the times were personal bests.
3-sport senior season
In his senior season at Toombs County Jake was a three-sport athlete. He played varsity football for the first time and was a punter, a receiver and a defensive back. Davis was also the starting centerfielder for the Bulldogs and excelled on defense. Watch Jake make three diving catches video