|Hometown:||Redondo Beach, CA|
|High School:||El Camino College|
New all-time program record holder with a career-best 1:51.30 in the 200-back and 1:33.05 in the 200-medley relay… Competed in six events as a senior for the Kingsmen… Recorded five of his best times at the SCIAC Swimming and Diving Championships: 21.91 in the 50-free, 48.32 in the 100-free, 24.51 in the 50-back, 52.05 in the 100-back and 1:51.30 in the 200-back… Also notched his best time in the 200-free of 1:52.61 against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.
Set two school backstroke records as a junior including 100 back (52.99) and 200 back (1:54.96)…additionally competed in the 50 free (22.40) at SCIAC Championships.
2016 (Water Polo)
Appeared in 23 games for the Kingsmen as a junior started in four… scored 13 goals with a shooting average of .351… tallied 17 steals, five field blocks, four assist, and earned 15 kick outs
2015 (Water Polo)
Made his Cal Lutheran debut against Ventura College (Sept. 16)…appeared in eight games as a sophomore in his first season of water polo for the Kingsmen…scored four times, on 11 attempts for a .363 shooting percentage, handed out three assists, earned 12 total steals and a field block…recorded at least one steal in each appearance…posted a season-best three steals and a field block against Caltech (Oct. 24)…scored a hat-trick with two assists and two steals against Penn State-Behrend (Oct. 1).
El Camino College
Attended El Camino College from 2014 to 2015…was a member of the water polo team and a member of the swim team.
Redondo Union High School
Graduated from Redondo Union HS in 2014…was a member of the water polo team and the swim team for the Seahawks…earned 3rd Team All-CIF…earned 1st Team All-Bay League… earned 1st Team All-Area.
Full name: David Gates Thomas III…born on Feb. 8, 1996 in Torrance, Calif…parents are David and Karen… has one sister, Mackenzie who plays water polo and swims…has two dogs, Marley and Jo… family is currently residing in Redondo Beach, Calif…majoring in marketing… career goal is to work for a PR firm or become a full time ocean lifeguard…greatest personal sports moment was winning the 100 and 200 backstroke events at conference...most vast memory of CLU athletics is the friendships he has made.
Movies: Nacho Libre
Music: Kendrick Lamar
Sports (Other): Basketball, soccer, and surfing
Pro Teams: Los Angeles Lakers
Pro Athlete: Demarcus Cousins and Russel Westbrook
Book: Into the Wild
Magazine: Surfer Magazine
Super Hero: Batman
TV Shows: Parks and Rec
Video Game: League of Legends
Quote: "Opportunity is missed by most people because it’s dressed in overalls and looks like work.”
Hobbies/Special Talents: Surfing and bodysurfing
Something you would not know about him: He is very competitive.
If he could travel anywhere it would be: New Zealand, for the surfing and camping.