Somerset senior swimmer Hannah Kane signs up for Chatham University
SOMERSET – Somerset senior swimmer Hannah Kane has excelled in the pool during her four years as a golden eagle. Kane earned four impressive trips to the PIAA Championships as a member of the 200 and 400 meter freestyle relay teams.
After making several visits to Chatham University, she knew she had found the right fit, both athletically and academically. On Thursday, Kane announced her intention to continue her swimming career for the Division III Cougars.
“It was one of the only schools that offered swimming and the interior design degree that I wanted to pursue,” Kane said of her decision. “I like the area and it’s close to my home. I can go home on weekends.”
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Kane also enjoyed the old-school vibe of the campus, which was founded in 1869.
“My dorm is a mansion,” she said. “This campus is pretty awesome. They also have an eight lane pool, which is really rare for a D-III school.”
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Kane, who has a GPA of 4.0, is following an integrated degree program, where she will earn her master’s degree in five years.
She is President of the Interact Club, Vice President of the Spanish Honor Society, Member of the Spanish Club, National Honor Society and Students Against Destructive Decisions.
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Kane is a versatile swimmer. In addition to the relays, she swam the 500m freestyle this year and the 200m individual medley. Kane hopes to continue swimming the 200m in Chatham.
Many hours have been logged in the pool by Kane. She started swimming at the age of 7 and has loved it ever since. Some of Kane’s fondest memories from his high school career came in the pool.
“I love the friendships I’ve built,” Kane said. “Donna (Richard) has been my coach all my life. I’m very close to the Richard family. Most of my friends come from swimming. The relationships I’ve built here are great.”
Kane is the daughter of Brian and Jennifer Kane. She thanks her parents, coach Richard and her teachers, especially Mrs. (Sarah) Pile, who helped her a lot throughout her journey.
Having coached Kane throughout her career, Richard has seen her evolve as a swimmer, allowing her to compete collegially.
“I think Chatham is going to have a great, amazing swimmer,” Richard said of Kane. “She’s been very productive here in Somerset. She’s traditionally freestyle, but she can IM, fly and come back.”
Richard loses a gifted swimmer in Kane, but she knows he will be a fierce competitor in Chatham.
“She’s been a pretty consistent swimmer all her life,” Richard said. “She puts her all into every race. I’ve definitely seen some improvement, but she’s always given me 110 per cent in every practice and every competition. It’s her only sport. She’s always been dedicated and swims all the way. year. She’s driven, has strength and her ability – those three things combined – make her a great swimmer. She just has that drive at the end to win every race.”
Adam Ripple is the sports editor of the Daily American. He can be reached at 814-444-5926. Follow him on Twitter @ARipple_DAsport. Follow Daily American Sports on Facebook.