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Oatman Signs Swim Scholarship With Centre College

Oatman has been a member of the PTHS swim team since sixth grade. He qualified for the state swim meet his freshman year and finished third in the 100 yard backstroke, but was unable to compete his sophomore and junior seasons due to health issues. He returned to competition his senior year, finishing 7th in the 100 yard backstroke and 14th in the 200 yard freestyle.

Oatman's current coaches and future coaches praised his character and work in the classroom in addition to his swimming ability.

"We are thrilled to have Logan at Centre College," said swim team head coach Dean Brownley. "He's going to bring different lengths and different strokes to the team. I have a connection to the family through his sister (Holly Oatman, PTHS '09). I know what kind of person he is, and that's what really drew me to him."

The Centre men's swim team finished first this year in the SAA championships and Coach Brownley was named SAA coach of the year.

"Logan is an overcomer," said Paducah Swim Team head coach Jason Cravens. "It's been a blessing to watch him reap the fruits of his perseverance. To see him continue his swimming career at Centre is just a high point of the year for our program."

PTHS swim coach Patty Thompson concurred, saying "Logan's main assets are leadership and resilience. He started in sixth grade for me- he's just been a blessing and the face of Tilghman swimming."

While Logan looks forward to continuing to swim competitively, it was Centre's academic reputation that was the primary draw for him.

"I was eager to be part of the Division 3 program because academics come first," said Oatman. "I'm looking forward to being challenged and falling in love with learning again."

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