Lancer of the Week: Cunnane energizes swim team spirit


courtesy of Kerri Donohue

Connor Cunnane gives a thumbs up before he swims in his events at the Tuscarora swim meet.

by Dane Shaw, Reporter

On Fridays, expect to get a “high-five” if you see Connor Cunnane.

Member of the Class of 2022, Connor Cunnane participates in the swim team, unified track, Student Government Association, and the Class of 2022 Council.

This is Connor’s second year on the swim team. Connor feels that he has greatly improved from last year and is looking forward to showing his improvement.  At the second meet of the year, he shaved 15 seconds off of his 100 meter freestyle time.

“This year I am challenging myself with longer distance swims. I will be doing 50 freestyle and 500 freestyle. I will also be doing 400 freestyle relay,” Cunnane said. 

“Goals I want to accomplish this upcoming season are trying new events and improving my times on short distance freestyle sprints,” Cunnane added. 

“I really like both the practices and meets. At the practices I have the opportunity to strengthen my swimming skills, and at the meets I have the chance to be loud and cheer the team on,” said Cunnane. 

Last year at the swim banquet Connor was awarded the Matt White Award which was named after a former Lancer who passed away. Matt’s family every year at the end of year banquet gives away two awards in their son’s honor: one boy and one girl. 

“The Matt White was awarded to Connor last year because of his school spirit, teamwork, and never-ending enthusiasm. Connor shows the most school spirit. If he is not in the pool, he is on the deck cheering and yelling for his teammates,” said second year coach Joseph Hawkins. 

“My favorite part about coaching Connor is he his the happiest person I know, and he is very self-motivated. He is so enthusiastic, and his motivation is very contagious,” Hawkins added. 

This spring Connor plans to join the unified track team again.

“I am planning to continue to do the 800 m run. I also want to do the 4 x 400 relay if enough people sign up for the team this spring,” said Cunnane. 

Connor is currently in SGA and, as a class council member, enjoys learning about his school and helping with school-wide events. 

“My favorite part in the SGA is not only getting to know the events that Linganore offers, but also planning for them as well,” Cunnane said. 

“In class council, we also plan for schoolwide events. We are getting involved in Candy Cane Lane right now. We are also planning for the Egg Nog Jog and the spaghetti dinner,” Cunnane said. 

Outside of school Connor is a part of the Boy Scouts of America and is currently working hard on his community service project to earn his Eagle Rank.  

“For my service project, I am planning to design a prayer garden for Saint James Episcopal Church in Mt. Airy. I am still in the planning phase, but I would like to get the project done by next year,” Cunnane said.