March 3rd, 2011

"20 Key Questions" With Thomas Cooper

Chris Jung

Senior Writer

"20 Key Questions" With Thomas Cooper
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Trinity High School freshman takes on the Questions

Each week, will be getting to know a new student-athlete from the area by asking him/her a series of 20 key questions - some in-depth, some lighthearted - that will provide insight into the thoughts and personalities of the boys and girls who are doing great things on and off the local courts, fields, tracks, and courses. Below are the "20 Key Questions," brought to you by Key Financial Mortgage LLC.

By swimming the 50-freestyle event in 20.83 seconds during the Pannell Swim Shop/KHSAA State Championships at the University of Louisville’s Ralph Wright Natatorium this past weekend, not only did Trinity High School freshman Thomas Cooper win an individual state championship, but he also set a new school record and was the only freshman to win an event at the state meet.

Cooper’s times in the 50 free and 100 free (runner-up at state) broke school records set by John Kinney  last year.

Cooper’s 50 free time of 20.83 seconds makes him the fourth fastest 50 free swimmer in the history of Kentucky high school swimming and he was one of the five finalists for Outstanding Swimmer of the state meet. Cooper was also one of four swimmers on Trinity’s third-place 200 free relay team, with seniors Jess Pritchett and Evan Kraus, and sophomore Preston Schilling.

Maintaining a 3.9 GPA during his first year as a Shamrock, Cooper has not begun the decision process regarding colleges, but will certainly be getting some attention from schools after his performance at state.

Cooper recently took part in the newest edition of the "20 Key Questions," and his answers are below.

1. What is your favorite pump up music on game day?

My favorite pump up music is rock.

2. What is your ideal meal/snack before a game?

I don't really have a favorite pre-game meal.

3. Cats or Cards?

I am more of an "all Kentucky" team person.

4. Which athlete do you look up to on a college/professional level?

Definitely Michael Phelps.

5. What is your favorite movie quote?

"This Aggression will not stand man."  - The Big Lebowski

6. How does your faith impact your approach to sports?

I look at everyone of my races with the faith that I can make it through it.

7. What keeps you motivated?

Being remembered in history.

8. All time favorite board game?

Sorry, but Xbox.

9. Droid or iPhone?

A phone is a phone, but I guess I have to go with Android.

10. Favorite Facebook function?

I perfer to stay off of Facebook.

11. What is your favorite reality TV show?

I don't watch very much TV.

12. What is your favorite pro team?

I just watch pro sports to watch a game or such.

13. What is your best quality/characteristic?

 From my perspective.. dedication.

14. Favorite junk/comfort food?

A cheese burger.

15. What is your favorite hour of the day?

8 o'clock because that is when i would perfer to go to bed.

16. What is your nickname and how did you get it?

I have many nick names but if i had to pick one then Tom.

17. Where is your favorite place to volunteer/provide community service? 

I like to help out at swim meets since that's where I generally am and because I have been swimming so long it's sort of calming to be around other people competing when I am not.

18. What is one hidden talent that you possess?  

I enjoy playing the piano.

19. What is one thing you wish scientists would invent?

An efficient space shuttle.

20. What is your proudest athletic moment?

I have yet to experience a moment I can deem my proudest.


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