Tragic: Louis Lowenthal pictured in January
Fourteen-year-old high school student and standout swimmer Louis Lowenthal died Wednesday after being pulled from the bottom of a pool at the Meadowbrook Aquatic Center on Sunday.
Lowenthal had been practicing when he fell to the bottom of the pool. Paramedics arrived on the scene to find a lifeguard administering CPR on the boy, who was then taken to a nearby hospital where he fell into a coma.
It was unclear what exactly caused Lowenthal’s accident, but the loss of such a promising young student has left the community shaken.
'Louis was just a wonderful young man, really intelligent and had a warm smile,' George Kennedy, who coached Lowenthal, told the Baltimore Sun.
'I always felt a strong connection with him because of that smile.
'I always feel that if you start a practice with a smile, everything else will be good, too.'
Lowenthal was a dedicated swimmer, starting at age four, but his talents extended outside of the pool as well.
Fun: Louis, right, and a friend dive into the cold Chesapeake Bay during the Maryland State Police Polar Bear plunge at Sandy Point State Park in January
He was one of seven members in his high school’s advanced math class and had been an all around bright student.
Earlier this year he took home first prize in the Baltimore County Middle School Writing Contest for his essay Strokes To Span A Lifetime.
'The opening had to do with his grandfather being, I think, a Navy SEAL; how dangerous life in the water was for his grandfather, and how his grandfather survived through all of that,' Justin DePrima, Lowenthal’s English teacher, said to the Baltimore Sun.
'Then to have him write with such innocence about how he doesn't have to worry about all that like his grandfather, he just has to swim — it's just so hard to see a kid in his writing, so innocent, so young, to just lose his life at such a young age.'
Lowenthal had been proud of that work, telling the Baltimore Sun that he enjoyed getting the chance to write about his history with swimming.
'It was kind of fulfilling,' he said. 'It sums up everything I've done, and not just for the assignment.'
Before his death, Lowenthal had been in a coma for roughly six days. He had suffered cardiac arrest at the scene and lifeguards on the scene tried to resuscitate him to no avail.
Perhaps best known as the practice site of Olympian Michael Phelps, the Meadowbrook Aquatic Center has a number of skilled lifeguards trained in CPR on hand.
An autopsy has yet to be performed and a definite cause behind the accident has not been determined.