Army West Point Class of 2025 Adds Verbal Commitment from Ian Shahan

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Ian Shahan of Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania has announced his verbal commitment to Army West Point for the 2021-22 season and beyond.

“I am very excited to announce my verbal commitment to The United States Military Academy at West Point. I am looking forward to serving my country, and continuing my academic and athletic career, in the Army. Thank you to my family, coaches, and friends for their support. GO ARMY!”

Shahan is a rising senior at Belle Vernon Area High School and the reigning Pennsylvania AA state champion in the 100 fly and 100 free. He won both events as a sophomore at the 2019 PIAA Boys 2A Swimming and Diving Championships, going 48.83 in the fly and 45.39 in the free. He also led off the 5th-place medley relay with a 23.93 backstroke leg and anchored the 8th-place 200 free relay in 21.05. (The 2020 AA state meet was cancelled due to COVID-19.)

Shahan does his club swimming with Pittsburgh Elite Aquatics. He is a Winter Juniors-or-faster qualifier in the 50/100 free, 100 back, and 100 fly and swam all four events at 2019 Winter Juniors East. Last summer he competed at 2019 NCSA Summer Championship in the 50/100 free, 50/100 back, and 50/100 fly. He took 30th in the 50 free and earned PBs in the 100m free (53.43), 50m back (28.64), 100m back (1:00.65), and 50m fly (26.36). The previous week he had gone best times in the 50m free (24.30), 200m free (2:04.55), 100m fly (57.36), and 200m IM (2:20.88) at Allegheny Mountain LSC Junior Olympics.

Top SCY times:

  • 50 free – 20.51
  • 100 free – 44.68
  • 200 free – 1:43.15
  • 100 fly – 48.83
  • 100 back – 50.55

Shahan would have been an A finalist in the 50/100 free and 100 fly at 2020 Patriot League Championships, where Army West Point finished 2nd in the men’s standings. It took 50.27 to score in the 100 back (the Patriot League only holds A and B finals).

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2 years ago

I remember when Ian was just a little kid attending Vulcan Swim Camp at California University of PA! Great kid then, great young man now.

2 years ago

Former NC State assistant Brandt Nigro is starting to pull in some good swimmers to Army. Looks like he is using NC State’s recruiting playbook by going after slew of sprinters with 1 or 2 distance studs.

It will be interesting if Army can challenge Navy in the future.

Jim Finan
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2 years ago

It sounds to me as if Ian is just going into his senior year in high school? I have not ever heard of young athletes ‘committing’ to West Point, or any academy. Sports do indeed recruit (my 2 sons ran for Army) but it is just one part of the process. Maybe I’m not re eading the article correctly. The plebe class for 21/22 has not been selected, as far as I know.
I commend Ian for his accomplishments and desire to serve his Country. There is a saying at West Point .. ‘it may not be the best place to be for 4 yrs, but its the best place to be from for the rest of your life’… Read more »

Kristin Matheny
2 years ago

Congratulations Ian!

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