At first glance he is a regular 14-year-old boy, but when Marcus Gentry dives into a pool, he rises to greatness—greatness that is earned through hard work.
“I put the work in every day. I come to practice every day. I work hard at practice," Gentry said.
That consistent work has led to record breaking performances for Gentry, something that is not new to him.
He was doing the same thing six years ago, when he was 8 years old.
While swimming for Crater High School, he won the varsity 100-meter backstroke and the 500-yard freestyle at the state meet.
When he’s not training with Crater, he trains with the Superior Stingrays.
Over the last two years, Gentry has broken 18 club records, including the 50-meter freestyle, which stood for 26 years.
"Even through all these things, I am not seriously coaching him,” said Siouxha Tokman. “I want him to be at his top performance when he is 18, a senior in high school."
Gentry is the focus of NewsWatch 12’s Amateur Athlete.
Watch the video above for his full story.