McKeirnan leading Tigers

Name: Conor McKeirnan

School: Hollidaysburg Area

Age: 16

Grade: Sophomore

Sport: Swimming

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

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