A soon-to-be Georgetown College student and future Tiger football player died in a tragic drowning accident over the weekend.
The body of Tariq Armour, 18, was found Monday morning after several searches by Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources — a day after he drowned while swimming with a group of friends at Green River Lake State Park.
Armour, of Cox’s Creek, Kentucky, was June graduate of Bardstown High School and a standout on both the school’s track and football teams.
Georgetown College spokesman Jim Allison confirmed Tuesday that Armour was enrolled at the school to begin classes in the fall.
Tiger football coach Bill Cronin said Armour was set to be a freshman on the team and had been attending summer workouts.
“You fear something like this all the time when you have new people coming in and you have so many guys your exposed to,” Cronin said. “Tariq was a super kid.”
The accident happened around 4 p.m. Sunday, shortly after a group of 15 or 16 Bardstown High graduates had gone to the lake together, including Armour.
Lance Allen, a friend of Armour’s who was with him during his last moments alive, told the Kentucky Standard that the trip had been planned for some time because most of the teens were going off to college in the fall.
The group had taken a hiking trail to a rock point at a cove and had decided to go swimming.
As Armour attempted to make his way across the water he began to struggle against the current, according to the news story by the Kentucky Standard.
During a rescue attempt by another member of the group, Armour began to panic. Eventually he went under and never resurfaced.
A search for the teen began Sunday afternoon and lasted until 1:30 a.m. Monday and then resumed at 9 a.m. later that day.
Around 11:45 Monday, Armour’s body was found near a boat ramp about 30-35 feet below the surface, Campbellsville Fire-Rescue Chief Chris Taylor told the Kentucky Standard.
The body was sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.
Cronin said Armour was likely to play running back or maybe even defensive back.
“He was a very versatile kid,” Cronin said. “He always a smile on his face. He gave a lot of effort, had a lot of energy, lots of personality. I was really looking forward to coaching him.”
Armour was a part of a group of 30-40 Georgetown College players who had been on campus working out this summer. Cronin said the team was shocked by the news.
“He was an only child, so you feel bad for mom,” Cronin said. “I thought he was a great fit for Georgetown College. But God has got a plan for us all, so you just have to readjust and move on.”
Cronin said the team would plan on attending funeral services for Armour.
“Hopefully we can get through this as a team,” he added.