1A State Finalist Shauna Abair has committed to Saint Francis, a Division 1 swim program in Loretto, Pennsylvania. The Red Flash have been a rising force in the Northeast Conference, where they placed third this past season. She’ll be joining their Class of 2023.
“I am proud to announce my commitment to swim at Saint Francis University. I am extremely thankful for my friends and family who have supported me through everything. I am especially thankful for [Coach John] who has been the best coach a swimmer could ask for. I can’t wait to continue my academics and swimming career as a part of the Red Flash family.”
For the past two seasons, Abair has competed for Trinity Christian Academy in Lake Worth under John Kjaerulff and Brock Tibs. Swimming for the Warriors, Abair added intense depth to their loaded team. After only racing in a relay last year at the state finals, Abair finished top-ten in the 500 this year, swimming a 5:02.09. She also swam the 200 freestyle and the breaststroke leg in the 200 medley relay, where she placed 19th and her team 12th ,respectively. Along with her Trinity Christian teammates, Abair helped her school’s 400 free relay to place in the top-three. The girls finished 4th overall at the 1A State Finals for the second year in a row.
Outside of FHSAA, Abair swims for East Coast Aquatic Club under Kjaerulff. With only two years of competitive experience under her belt, Abair has made incredible strides. She has dropped almost 20 seconds in her 200 freestyle, starting at a 2:13.06 in 2017 to 1:53.20 this past October. At her first Winter Championship in Plantation, Abair was close to last in most of her swims. This year, however, she placed top-ten in all of her events, was a two-time champion, and finished third in 17 & over high-point. Along with multiple sectional cuts, Abair also earned her first Futures cut; one of many to come.
For Abair, Saint Francis felt like home. The criminology and language programs that the school offered drew her there, but the welcoming swim team sealed the deal. When she stepped on campus during her recruiting trip, she felt the team was “one big family” and she “was almost certain [she] would end up there.”
We want to wish Shauna the best of luck on her next four years!
- 200 Freestyle: 1:53.20
- 500 Freestyle: 4:59.58
- 100 Breaststroke: 1:06.36
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By Erika Wesch