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McKeirnan not just an athlete

Name: Conor McKeirnan

School: Hollidaysburg Area

Age: 18

Grade: Senior

Sport: Swimming

Athlete of the week achievement: McKeirnan won the 50-yard freestyle and 100 butterfly in a 90-77 win over Indiana, and he won the 100 free and 200 free in a 98-10 victory over Mifflin County.

Season update: McKeirnan placed first 27 times this season and second only once. The Hollidaysburg boys are 14-1.

Coach Deb Solomon’s quote: “Not only is Conor an exceptional student and athlete, but he is a genuinely compassionate and a kind young man. It has been a real pleasure to have coached Conor for four years, and I wish him great success at IUP next year.”

Favorite teacher: Mrs. Watt

Favorite subject: Art

Favorite movie: “The Florida Project”

Favorite food: Pad Thai

Favorite song: “Ribs” by Lorde

Outside interests: Art, film, music, travel

Favorite college team: IUP Hawks

Pro athlete most admired: Caeleb Dressel

Best athlete I’ve ever competed against: Clearfield’s Luke Mikesell

Most influential person on my athletic career: My mom (Michelle)

Proudest athletic achievement: Placing at championship meets such as PIAA states and YMCA nationals

How I got my start with swimming: Joining the Blairmont Barracudas at age 4

Future goal: Finish The Eberly School Of Business at IUP while swimming for the Hawks

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