Georgia Bulletin

The Newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta

Georgia Olympians with Catholic Roots

Published July 24, 2012

If you are an Olympic fan, make sure to be on the lookout for Team USA swimmers Kathleen Hersey and Eric Shanteau. Both have roots in the Catholic community in Atlanta.

Kathleen graduated from the Marist School, class of 2008. She was a member of the swim team and also competed with Swim Atlanta. She left state records in her wake, with 3 individual state titles in the 100 butterfly and 200 individual medley, breaking school, state and national prep school records.

It is her second Olympic appearance. “The Georgia Bulletin” wrote about her at the 2008 Olympics. Read it

Her twitter page includes a Bible verse from the prophet Jeremiah 29:11, which is, “For I know well the plans I have in mind for you—oracle of the LORD—plans for your welfare and not for woe, so as to give you a future of hope.”

Her race, the 200-meter butterfly, is scheduled for Tuesday, July 31.

Eric is a native of Lilburn, but lives in California now. His mother, who declined to be interviewed, attends Holy Cross Church, Atlanta.

He holds the fastest American time for the 100-meter and 200-meter breaststroke. He’ll be competing in London in the 100-meter breaststroke, scheduled for Saturday July 28.

You can follow them on Twitter at @Shanteau and @kathleenhersey

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