McKeirnan leading Tigers
Name: Conor McKeirnan
School: Hollidaysburg Area
Athlete of the week achievement: McKeirnan won the 100-yard freestyle, 200 individual medley, 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay in an 87-83 victory over Huntingdon. He won the 100 butterfly, 200 IM, 200 medley relay and 400 free relay in a 99-70 win over Central Mountain.
Season update: McKeirnan has 14 first-place finishes and two second-place finishes and has 120.5 points. The Hollidaysburg boys are 9-1.
Coach Deb Solomon’s quote: “Conor is a very hard-working athlete who is very focused this year on dropping time and qualifying for the state meet. He is very encouraging to the other swimmers on the team and has a very positive attitude.”
Favorite teacher: Mrs. Solomon
Favorite subject: Art
Favorite movie: “Mother!”
Favorite food: Chicken Pad Thai
Favorite song: “Bravado” by Lorde
Outside interests: Art and music
Favorite professional team: Steelers
Favorite college team: Penn State
Pro athlete most admired: Michael Phelps
Best athlete I ever competed against: Clearfield’s Luke Mikesell
Most influential person on my athletic career: Deb Solomon and Tracy Flynn
Proudest athletic achievement: Placing sixth overall in the 100 freestyle at the 2017 Holiday USA Swimming Pitt Invitational
How I got my start in swimming: Joined the Blairmont Barracudas swim team at age 4.
Future goal: Swim at a West Coast college