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Colin Feehery (Shelton Class of 2019), who graduated from SMU in May 2024 with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Physiology and Sport Management, is a member of SMU’s swim team and qualified for four events in  the 2024 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials, which begin on Saturday, June 15-23 in Indianapolis. Colin qualified for the 100 and 200 breaststroke, the 200 freestyle and the 200 individual medley. 

What are your swimming accomplishments? 

While swimming at SMU,  I held four individual team records, competed in the 2021 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, the 2022, 2023 and 2024 NCAA championships, and competed in the finals in multiple events at the U.S. National Championships.  I already qualified and am looking forward to the Olympic Trials.

What will you be doing after graduation from SMU?

I’ll be working for the Jesuit Athletic Department and as an assistant swim coach coming up soon.

What’s your learning difference?

I have ADD inattentive type, Dysgraphia and Expressive Language Disorder.

How did Shelton prepare you for college?

Shelton prepared me for SMU by helping me think about different ways I could succeed. With learning differences, sometimes different adjustments have to be made to accomplish a goal.

What advice do you have for Shelton students?

Always remember that anything is possible. Before attending Shelton and SMU, I had no idea what I was capable of both in school and in athletics. Learn as much as you can about yourself and be willing to advocate for your own needs. Understanding both your strengths and weaknesses and being able to ask for help will unlock a potential you never knew you had.

What are your memories of Shelton?

The biggest thing I loved about Shelton was the class sizes. Teachers could always care about the individual person and have the time to help when asked. It was also fun to be able to get to know all of my graduating class and a lot of people from the classes above and below me. I enjoyed SMU for a lot of the same reasons. I could get to know a lot of people within my major and take a lot of the same classes with the same people. Teachers and advisors were also able to spend more time with the individual students and offer help as needed.

What’s a fun fact about you?

I enjoy studying history.  I also enjoy reading books about world history.

COLIN FEEHERY’S SMU School Swimming Records

200 breast I 1:52.06 I 2/3/23

400 free relay | 2:50.39 | 3/30/24

800 free relay | 6:14.35 | 3/27/2024

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