Position
Freestyle
Height
5'7
Class
Freshman
Hometown
Marietta, Ga.
Major
Microbiology
High School
Kennesaw Mountain HS

2011 SEC Community Service Team
2010-11 Team Co-Captain
2010 SEC Community Service Team
2010 SEC Academic Honor Roll
2009 SEC Academic Honor Roll

CAREER (2007-11)
Freestyle contributor who was an outstanding ambassador for the program, spearheading the Lady Tigers’ community service efforts her last two years … A two-time member of the SEC Community Service Team who served as a team co-captain as a senior … Also a three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll.

SENIOR SEASON (2010-11)
A team co-captain who also helped the squad in the freestyle events … Competed in nine dual meets, Cougar Classic Invitational and SEC Championships … Competed at SEC’s as an exhibition swimmer, racing to marks of 53.67, 1:54.18 and 5:06.70 in the 100, 200 and 500 free, respectively … Took 19th in the 200 free at the Cougar Classic (1:55.84) … Recorded runner-up honors in the 200 free and third in the 100 free on Senior Day against Incarnate Word … Placed fourth in both the 200 and 500 free in a road victory over Tulane … Named to the SEC Community Service Team for the second straight year after demonstrating an outstanding commitment to service work in the local community … Also earned SEC Academic Honor Roll recognition for the third time … Earned her third varsity letter.

JUNIOR SEASON (2009-10)
Contributed to the short- and middle-distance freestyle corps … Competed in every dual meet, Houston’s Cougar Classic Fall Invitational and SEC Championships … Emerged with lifetime bests of 52.68 and 5:03.29 in the 100 and 500 free, respectively, at SEC’s … Also swam a season-best mark of 1:52.46 in the 200 free … Earned fifth in the 200 free in a tri-meet against Houston, Rice and Tulane … Delivered third-place finishes in the 200 free in wins over both UNO and Florida Atlantic … Represented the team on LSU’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council, which coordinates community service events for student-athletes … A standout in the Baton Rouge community who helped mentor troubled youth, visited local children’s hospitals and participated in numerous service events during the year … Earned a spot on the SEC’s Community Service Team … Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll … Received her second varsity letter.

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2008-09)
Provided depth in middle- and long-distance freestyle events … Competed in every dual meet, Texas A&M’s Art Adamson Invitational and SEC Championships … Posted a mark of 5:10.79 in the 500 freestyle at SEC’s … Also finished with times of 1:56.18 in the 200 free and 2:13.53 in the 200 butterfly … Claimed a personal best in the 200 fly at the Art Adamson Invitational, reaching the wall in 2:12.17 … Enjoyed a fine meet at the LSU Invitational, registering three lifetime bests … Improved her times in the 200 and 500 free with marks of 1:52.41 and 5:05.72, respectively … Also came away with a top time in the 1000 free, 10:22.26 … Part of a 1-2-3 LSU sweep of the 200 free in a win over Delta State … Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll … Earned her first varsity letter.
 
FRESHMAN SEASON (2007-08)
Contributed in distance freestyle events in her first year at LSU … Competed in every dual meet, the Georgia Tech Invitational and SEC Championships … Notched season-best marks in the 100 free (54.44) and 200 free (1:56.51) at SEC’s … Placed sixth in the 1000 free with her top time of the season (10:39.25) at No. 7 Florida … Swam the 500 free in a career-best time of 5:14.64 to finish seventh at the same meet … Registered a fifth-place finish in the 200 fly against Delta State.

PRIOR TO LSU
Four-year letterwinner at Kennesaw Mountain High School … Participated in distance freestyle and individual medley events … Named team MVP three times and was a recipient of team leadership, excellence and dedication awards … Also was a member of the track and field team … Coached by David Reason … Club coach was Ian Goss.

PERSONAL
Born April 25, 1989 in Riverdale, Ga. … Parents are Chris and Robbie Spears … Has one younger sibling, Taylor … Majoring in microbiology.

SHANNA’S TOP TIMES
100 freestyle, 52.68, 2010 SEC Championships
200 freestyle, 1:52.41, 2009 vs. Houston, Rice and UNO
500 freestyle, 5:03.29, 2010 SEC Championships
1000 freestyle, 10:22.26, 2009 vs. Houston, Rice and UNO

 

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