Swimmer Colleen Callahan of the Atlantic City High School duplicated her success of the past three years this past winter.

Meanwhile, twins Isaac and Jacob Clark of the Pleasantville boys indoor track and field team reached new levels of success.

The thing that the Clarks and Callahan had in common is that their achievements made them among the best in the state and the country in their respective sports.

The Clark twins are The Press Male Co-Athletes of the Winter. Callahan is The Press Female Athlete of the Winter.

Callahan won the 200-yard individual medley and the 100 breaststroke for the fourth straight year at the Meet of Champions. The Atlantic City girls finished 12-1 and won the Cape-Atlantic League American Conference.

Isaac Clark won the 800-meter run at the Meet of Champions. Jacob Clark won the state Group I 800 championship. The twins led Pleasantville to the state Group I team and relay championships.

Callahan is the first swimmer in New Jersey history to win four MOC titles in each of two events. The Ventnor resident will continue her career at the University of Tennessee.

Callahan is one of the top breaststrokers in the country.

"It's a really good feeling," Callahan said of her success. "It's all kind of winding down. It's nice to look back and have a lot of memories."

Expectations come with success, and Callahan admitted she felt pressure to repeat her success this winter.

"The pressure increased each year," she said. "Once you're on top, people want to beat you. It's definitely a lot of pressure to stay on top."

Callahan said she got plenty of support from Atlantic City coach Bill Howarth and her teammates.

"Swimming is just as much a mental sport as it is physical," Callahan said. "You can talk yourself out of something or you can talk yourself into something. If you go into race with the main goal of not losing, that's the wrong mindset. You should go into the race thinking, 'I'm going to swim my best time. I'm going to win. I trained hard for this.' "

While Callahan has been a state and national success since the start of her high school career, the Clark twins emerged as two of the best in the nation this winter.

Jacob's best 800 time of 1 minute, 51.52 seconds ranked No. 1 in the state and No. 6 in the country, according to milesplit.com, a website that follows national track and field.

Isaac's best 800 time of 1:51.72 ranked No. 2 in the state and No. 7 in the country, according to the same website. Isaac also ran the 400 dash. Jacob ran the 1,600. The two were key members of the Greyhounds' successful 4x400 and 4x800 relay teams. The twins will continue their careers at South Plain College, a junior college in Levelland, Texas.

"They took it from a state to a national level (this winter)," Pleasantville boys track and field coach Alan Laws said.

In many ways, the Clarks are each other's biggest rival. The brothers have learned how to handle having to compete against each other.

"We're very competitive, but we know how to work through it," Jacob said. "If one of us beats the other, we know at least my teammate is beating me."

Callahan is in the midst of a two-week break from swimming. She will swim this summer with her club team, the Egg Harbor Township Seahawks, and then leave for Tennessee in August.

"It's just starting to hit me now that I'm not going to be in New Jersey swimming," she said. "It's upsetting because I have a lot of great memories of all the people I swam with. But I'm definitely excited to go to college."

Meanwhile, the Clark twins are getting ready for the outdoor track and field season.

"We left (high school) for the indoor season with a bang," Isaac said, "and we're going to do it for outdoor, too."

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