Callahan caps unprecedented career with two more state titles

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Atlantic City High School senior Colleen Callahan finished her career standing high and dry as the most accomplished girls swimmer in NJSIAA history.

Callahan took first place in the 200-yard individual medley and 100 breaststroke at the NJSIAA Meet of Champions on March 3 at the Gloucester Institute of Technology in Sewell.

With those two wins, she became the first girls swimmer ever to win eight individual Meet of Champions events in her career. She won the same two races each of the previous three seasons.

After her unprecedented feat, the ever-humble Callahan gave credit to her coaches, family, and teammates.

"No one puts pressure on me, they all just want me to swim the best I can," she told NJ.com. "And I don't swim to get first place. I swim to get my best time."

She did that in the 200 individual medley last Sunday, finishing in 2:00.72 to break her own meet record which she established last season (2:01.54). She also registered a first-place finish in the 100 breast in a time of 1.01.78, which was just .49 seconds off of her 2012 meet record.

Callahan, a 17-year-old from Ventnor, will continue her swimming career and education at the University of Tennessee.

On Monday, March 4, the crowd at the Atlantic City-Lenape South Jersey Group IV state semifinal basketball game warmly applauded Callahan when she was introduced by the public-address announcer.

It was a fitting conclusion to an amazing and unprecedented high school swimming career.


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