East Aurora's Shelby MacSwan continues record-breaking career

Posted at 4:16 PM, Sep 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-22 16:16:57-04


When you look up at the East Aurora record wall in the school's swimming pool, you see Shelby MacSwan's name.  The senior Blue Devil currently holds the school record in the 100 butterfly.

"I guess it's just really nice to see my hard work pay off," MacSwan said. "Just to have it kind of up there to know I got it, it also gives me something to work for and another time to beat."

Shelby is no stranger to breaking records.  In just their first meet of the season, she earned another spot on the wall by recording the fastest 100 fly in her home pool.

"We've broken pool records at other pools but it's just not as special," she said. "It's nice when it's at the pool that you practice at everyday and kind of grew up swimming."

Shelby has come a long way.  She started swimming when she was young. She calls it an accident that turned into a blessing.

"My mom signed me up by accident," she said. "She thought she was signing me up for swim lessons and she ended up signing me up for the swim team and I ended up loving it and stuck with it."

Years later, Shelby is a leader on the swim team and is already state bound.  In just her first meet of the year, she not just broke the pool record but qualified for the state cut.

It's taken a lot to get there.

"To be successful in swimming, you have to dedicate so much of your time to it," Shelby said. "You have to swim almost everyday."

Shelby's swim career is far from over. She's planning on pursuing the sport in college after receiving quite a bit of interest.

"It's been really nice to just be reached out to by coaches and it's something that you never really expect," said Shelby. "But it's such an honor to have people interested in your swimming."



  1. Shelby MacSwan, East Aurora swimmer
  2. Joe Shifflet, Williamsville East WR/CB: Shifflet not just put Williamsville East in the lead last Friday night, he secured the win.  Shifflet scored on a 60-yard touchdown catch and run and then intercepted a pass with seconds left to give the Flames the win.
  3. Rashad Law, Maryvale RB: Law rushed 8 times for 100 yards and a touchdown against Olean last Friday. He added a 2-point conversion run, 7 total tackles from his SS position and blocked a field goal attempt.
  4. Danielle Gugino, St. Mary's volleyball: Gugino is an outside hitter for the varsity volleyball team and led them in kills last week with 20. Her serving in a game against Lockport helped her team win the 5th and final set.
  5. Josh Costolnick, St. Joe's rowing: Costolnick is headed to Sarasota Springs next week as part of the Northeastern Regional Team that will compete at the 2017 World Rowing Championships. He was selected to the team Friday, September 15th and will row with others from around the country on September 23rd and 24th.
  6. Julia Kurowski, Lancaster volleyball: Kurowski leads the team in kills (117), assists (124), and aces (12).  The past week Julia helped the Legends win all 3 of their matches. In games against Orchard Park and Hamburg, the team won on her kill to finish the game.
  7. Meghan Root, Pioneer soccer: In a win against East Aurora last Monday, Root hit a milestone by nabbing her 100th career goal.