Sidney Cochran excels at everything she does. Swimming is where she pulls in some of her biggest accolades.
As a sophomore in 2015 for Gainesville High, she took fifth place in the 500-yard freestyle and ninth in the 200 at the state championship meet Feb. 8 at Georgia Tech.
“She works harder than any sophomore I’ve ever seen,” said Gainesville coach John Price. “She doesn’t take anything lightly when she’s in the pool.”
To get where she is as a swimmer is a time-consuming venture with many hours spent swimming with her club Lanier Aquatics at the Frances Meadows Aquatics Center in Gainesville, as well as the dry-land training that comes with improving conditioning for the water.
Improvement was easy to track for Cochran, after not making the finals her freshman year at the championships. Also this season, Cochran claimed first place in the 100 butterfly at the Hall County Championship.
“To make the A finals, cut time and place at state feels great,” said Cochran. “I’ve been training very hard all season.”
An academically-gifted student, Cochran puts valuable time into all of her crafts. In addition to swimming, she also runs cross country. Away from the pool at school, she loves acting in the school’s theater department, with a role in ‘Foot Loose’ coming this spring. She’s also musically inclined, playing the piano since the second grade, and learning to play the guitar from her father at age 10.
“She’s just overall a great kid,” said Price.
Late this season in swimming, Cochran finally got to combine two of her loves. Before the Last Chance Meet at Frances Meadows, she talked Price into being able to sing the National Anthem. She wowed with her voice and ability to hit all the notes pitch perfect.
As a long-distance swimmer, one of Cochran’s greatest strengths is her consistent pace the entire race. In the 500, Price said she hit every 50-yard split between 30 and 31 seconds flat.