Before every swim meet, Henry Logan jumps up and down to get his heart rate up.
He likes to pump himself up, but on the early signing day on Dec. 16, 2020, the North Oconee senior was calm as could be.
Logan swims for the Titans and the Athens Bulldog Swim Club. Inside the North Oconee High School field house in mid-December, he inked his signature on a blank sheet of paper. The paper was a temporary fill-in for the real scholarship papers he later received from Davidson College some time after the formal ceremony was held at North Oconee High School.
Logan will swim for the Davidson College program next year. He will be the second member of his family to swim for a Division I program.
“I feel like I finally have settled everything,” Logan said. “No more college searches, and I'm really excited because I'm going out of the state, going somewhere completely new with new people and that should be a new experience. So, yeah, I'm looking forward to that.”
Logan is a five-time finalist in the Georgia High School Association Class AAAAA swimming state championship, most recently earning second place in the 500-yard freestyle event (4:40.67) and fifth place in the 100-yard backstroke (53.95) as a junior.
He finished fourth in both events as a sophomore (4:41.97 and 53.37) and placed 11th as a freshman in the 500-yard freestyle (4:54.13).
Logan’s junior season finished on Feb. 6, 2020, before the COVID-19 pandemic halted his normal summer workouts and typical college recruiting events.
Logan said that while Davidson was the only school to officially offer him a scholarship, he received emails from other coaches and recruiters interested in his talent in and out of the pool.
Logan will relocate to Davidson, North Carolina, for his future career as a collegiate student-athlete.
At the competitive liberal arts school, Logan plans to study either computer science or humanities.
Logan said that his main goal in life was never to swim in college. The talented swimmer only realized he had the potential to swim at the next level during his freshman year.
His older brother, Charlie, was getting looked at by colleges at that time. Eventually Charlie, who is two years older than Henry, signed with the University of Georgia. Like Charlie, Henry will wear red and black colors for the Wildcats.
“I wasn't looking at too many schools,” the younger Logan said. “Not because I was very picky, but I just didn't really think about options too much. [Davidson] was looking at me and I was looking at them as well and, fortunately, they were willing to take me in.”
With his senior season already underway, Logan is trying to soak in as much as he can.
He only has one more month before his final state meet on Feb. 5.
Logan said he wants to make the most of his final season before heading off to college.
“I like being with all of my friends on the swim team,” Logan said. “I feel like that's probably the best part of this sport, just hanging out with people that you know and have like a similar priority with. Just competing with them, it's always fun.”