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By Samantha Valenta, Xavier sophomore
CEDAR RAPIDS – According to the High School Athletics Participation Survey, 55.5 percent of high school students participate in sports.
Cedar Rapids Washington senior Shannon Gorman is included in that statistic, but is not average. Gorman participated in two sports – swimming and cross country – not only this past fall but for her entire high school career.
Twelve-hour days, countless practices and twice the amount of competition was the result of this feat. A normal day for Gorman started with morning practice by either running or doing dry land workouts. After school, she had cross country practice then swam the last sets with the varsity team.
“It’s exhausting but gratifying,” Gorman said. “It requires a lot of time management and dedication but after the season, it’s nice to look back and say ‘yeah man, I did all that.”
Although both sports are important, cross country practices and meets are a bigger priority than swimming because, she said, she is a better runner. Gorman plans on running cross country and track at the Naval Academy in college and would like to participate in triathlons in the future.
She believes this experience will help prepare her for the future.
“Definitely not everyone can do it, either because of too much schoolwork, a job, lack of support or coaches that don’t allow it,” Gorman said. “I’m blessed to have coaches that let me do both during the season. Also, my family’s support helps me get through the season.”
Throughout her experience, she said the best part was getting the opportunity to be on two great teams and having double the teammates.