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In the swim of things: Engineering student competes in Olympics

 

Shawn Wallace competed in the 50-meter freestyle during the 2016 Summer Olympics for the country of Palau. He studies civil engineering at Missouri S&T.           Photo By Sam O'Keefe/Missouri S&T

Shawn Wallace competed in the 50-meter freestyle during the 2016 Summer Olympics for the country of Palau. He studies civil engineering at Missouri S&T. Photo By Sam O’Keefe/Missouri S&T

 

For as long as he can remember, Shawn Wallace loved the water, and swimming is his favorite pastime. This past summer, that pastime took him to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Wallace began swimming competitively at age 8 as part of a neighborhood summer league in his Houston, Texas, hometown. He joined Houston-based Alief Aquatic Club when he was 10. He still swims with Alief on breaks from school.

“I always liked swimming,” says Wallace, a senior in civil engineering at Missouri S&T. “My mom always told me that if I wanted to compete, I should just go for it. Obviously I kept it up.” [Read more…]