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Matt Shanahan ‘22 Recruiting Profile

  • Eno River Academy
  • Men's Swimming
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Matt Shanahan's Men's Swimming Recruiting Profile
Hillsborough Aquatic Club
Prim. Position:
400 IM
Sec. Position:
200 Fly
400 IM LCM
400 IM SCY
200 Fly LCM
200 Fly SCY
200 Free LCM
200 Free SCY
200 IM LCM
200 IM SCY
  • 2019 Speedo Sectionals

Personal Statement

Sometimes I try to imagine what swimming and competing in college will be like. Where will I go? What will my teammates be like? Will my college coach push me as hard as my club coaches have? Will we do well as a team? There is a lot that I need to think about, learn and discover in the next couple of years. As I start on my journey of finding and selecting the right university for me, I admit to feeling excited, apprehensive, eager and nervous, all at the same time – not unlike how I feel in those last few seconds before starting of a race.  Although I don’t know exactly what the future holds for me or where I will go to school, I feel confident and certain of one thing: I will swim. It is part of who I am, and I cannot imagine a future without it. 

Swimming has always been very therapeutic for me. The quiet of the pool immediately calms and energizes me. I crave the feeling of exhaustion, sleepiness and happiness that I experience after a hard set. I look forward to practice throughout the day. On the days that I walk on deck frustrated with something, all of it melts away as soon as I hit the water. After practice, I am relaxed and happy, and I can always get more work done (not to mention I sleep like a rock). 

Swimming has taught me valuable lessons about myself and others that I apply out of the water.  Because of this sport, I have developed the ability to push through adversity, exhaustion and pain when things get tough. I have learned to persevere and keep pushing hard when something goes wrong or when I experience defeat. As I begin to visit colleges and think about where I want to go, I know that one factor that will help me select the right college is the character of the team. I want to be part of a team where the athletes and coaches keep things light and fun, but who are ready to work as hard as they possibly can once the main set rolls around. I want to be part of a team whose swimmers lead by example, who work hard in the water and in the classroom and who are distinguished by the respect they show for others.  And I want to be with swimmers who are fun to be around, but at the same time who are willing to do whatever it takes to get their hand on the wall first.


High School Information

  • Years w/ Varsity:
  • 3 years
  • 2020 Varsity Team
  • Team Awards:
    Regional Champs, State 3rd Place
  • 2019 Varsity Team
  • Individual Awards:
    Men's Captain; Regions - finished 1st in the 200IM, and 5th in the 100 back; States - finished 3rd in the 200IM, and 8th in the 100 back
  • 2018 Varsity Team
  • Individual Awards:
    Varsity Letter (Freshman); NCHSSAA Scholar Athlete Award; All Conference Team; Regions Team (200 free, 200 IM, 100 fly, 100 back, 200 free relay, 200 medley relay); States Team (200IM, 100 back, 200 medley relay); A-Relay Teams (Freshman); Team Record hol
  • Season Schedule

Club Information

  • Seasons of Club Experience:
  • 3 seasons
  • 2019 Hillsborough Aquatic Club (Senior Elite)
  • Notes: Futures cuts in the 400IM (short and long course); selected to NCS Zones Team
  • Season Schedule
  • 2018 Hillsborough Aquatics Club/USA (Senior Elite)
  • Notes: Team records for 12 individual events
  • 2017 Hillsborough Aquatics Club/USA (NC) (Senior Elite)
  • Notes: Team records set for 16 individual events

Coach References

  • Club Coach
  • Cliff Gordon
  • Club Coach
  • Vinny Pryor
  • High School Head Coach
  • Marcus Alford
  • High School Head Coach
  • Kristin Martin



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High School Information

High School:
Eno River Academy

Academic Accomplishments

Honors Classes:
Yes. Honors Math 2 (Freshman) Honors Reading & Composition (Freshman) Honors Biology (Freshman) Honors World History (Freshman) Honors Civics & Economics (Sophomore) Honors English 2 (Sophomore) Honors Chemistry (Sophomore) Honors Math 3 (Sophomore) Honors US History (Junior) Honors Precalc (Junior)
AP Classes:
Yes. AP Literature AP Human Geography
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Awards, Achievements and Activities

  • Award
    • Honor Roll
  • Award
    • NCHSSA Scholar Athlete Award
  • Activity
    • Photography
  • Activity
    • Golf

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Event 2019 Hillsborou 2018 Varsity Te 2018 Hillsborou 2017 Hillsborou
50M Free 26.97 27.05 28.58
50Y Free 22.62 23.55 26.74
100M Free 57.18 59.02 1:01.64
100Y Free 49.69 51.33 55.83
200M Free 159.66 2:10.67 2:13.66
200Y Free 147.78 1:51.14 1:59.58
400M Free 424.94 4:37.43 4:45.85
500Y Free 4:48.17 4:55.79 5:15.47
800M Free 9.07.58 9:30.08
1650Y Free 16:52.45
50Y Back 26.58
100M Back 1.04.18 1:04.86 1:07.45
100Y Back 54.70 57.56 57.44 1:00.56
200M Back 2.16.24 2:16.31 2:27.40
200Y Back 1:55.84 1:58.69 2:08.19
50Y Breast 29.66
100M Breast 1.17.63 1:25.53
100Y Breast 104.31 1:06.29 1:13.04
200M Breast 2.45.91 2:52.74 2:56.90
200Y Breast 2:15.74 2:24.78 2:44.24
50Y Fly 25.26
100M Fly 58.63 1:02.50 1:09.57
100Y Fly 53.34 55.81 1:01.34
200M Fly 2.11.00 2:21.78 2:31.52
200Y Fly 1:57.00 2:01.91 2:10.89
200M Free Relay (Split) 25.12
400M Free Relay (Split) 55.90
200M Med Relay (Split) 26.86 (fly)
400M Med Relay (Split) 59.39 (fly)
200M IM 2.14.73 2:20.56 2:27.05
200Y IM 1:57.16 2:03.38 2:01.68 2:10.83
400M IM 4.42.24 4:56.42 5:07.26
400Y IM 4:07.48 4:14.21 4:30.72
200Y Med Relay (Split) 26.69 (back)


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