Atlantic City High School freshman Colleen Callahan dominated in girls swimming and has been soaking it all up.

She became the first female Viking to win at the Meet of Champions since 2005 graduate Moira McCloskey won the 100 backstroke her junior and senior year.

Callahan did better though by winning two events, the 200 indivdudal medley and the 100 breaststroke.

She also placed first in the same events at the individual meets that led up to the MOC - the Hackney Invitational, the South Jersey Coaches Meet and the Cape-Atlantic League Individual Championships.

"She's a courageous swimmer with a lot of heart," Atlantic City head coach Bill Howarth said. "She's not afraid to take a race out hard and when she gets the lead she's very hard to catch. And even if she's a little behind she never quits until she does catch you. She's an unbelievable competitor."

Meanwhile, the 14-year old from Ventnor was just trying to have fun.

The success was just an added bonus. She became the first swimmer in 15 years to break the 100 breaststroke record of 1 minute, 6.28 seconds at the Hackneys, which was set by Mainland Regional's Jacqui Ward in 1995. She finished the race in 1:06.

"(Coming into the season) I didn't really know what was out there, so I didn't put too much pressure on myself," Callahan said. "I just wanted to come in and help the team as much as I could."

Callahan's performance is just one highlight of a banner season for local swimmers.

Wildwood Catholic's Rachel Wuko, a sophomore, took third in the 50 freestyle at the MOC and won the event at the other three major individual meets of the season.

Holy Spirit junior Laura Morrison took first in the 200 and 400 freestyles at the CAL and Hackney meets.

Most of the top swimmers in the area are freshmen, sophomores and juniors, so the CAL should be a powerful conference once again.

But, Callahan will only get better and should still be the one to beat.

"I'm just taking it one day at a time and we'll see what next year brings," she said.

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