MEDINA — Swimming is primarily an individual sport, but what Medina resident Shannon Cahalan enjoys the most is being part of a team.
She found that out while swimming with Firestone’s 400-meter freestyle relay last winter.
That foursome was recently named to the NISCA/Speedo Girls High School All-America Team for recording one of the top 100 times in the nation.
“I’m an OK swimmer, so it’s cool to be recognized as a relay,” Cahalan said. “Relays are my favorite events, because not often in swimming can you rely on other people like in a relay. You can achieve more as a team and we really become a family.”
The closeness Cahalan had with teammates Natalie O’Brien, Carly Chelovitz and Katelyn Miller propelled them to the 85th-fastest time in the country, a 3:30.58. The 15-year-old Cahalan typically swam the second or third leg.
“It was exciting,” she said of finding out about the honor. “We knew that there was a consideration time that we had to hit and that most likely we would be in the top 100, but it was an exciting thing and I was with a great group of girls to be recognized with.”
Cahalan credited the tough in-season training of Falcons swim coach Cindy Virdo and the chemistry of the group.
The team was fifth at the Division I state meet in 3:32.31. The 5-foot-3 Cahalan was also a district qualifier individually in the 100 and 200 free.
“Being on a swim team, you see each other every day and you become good friends and there’s that trust factor,” she said. “We counted on each other and swam to our best abilities.”
Cahalan, who will be a junior, is excited to get the second half of her prep career started, but has delayed her training this summer to intern at the Cleveland Clinic.
“It’s been different, because I’m used to swimming, on average, four hours a day,” Cahalan said. “I haven’t swam in a month and a half, but I’ve swam so much over the years that I wanted to try something different this summer.
“My internship will be over in a couple of weeks and I will start swimming again then. It should be exciting.”
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