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Shady Side Academy’s Coughlin off to fast start

Marty Stewart
| Sunday, December 13, 2015 10:36 p.m
Shady Side Academy swimmer Zachary Coughlin

Shady Side Academy swimmer Zac Coughlin got off to a fast start in the pool last week as he had eight first-place finishes in SSA’s first two meets.

In a meet against Fox Chapel, he took first in the 200 IM, 500 free, 200 medley relay and 400 free relay. He followed that up with wins in the 200 free, 100 butterfly, 200 free relay and 400 free relay against South Fayette.

“He has been a rock for us in training and the first two meets,” SSA coach John Landreth said. “He is certainly living up to his captain status. As a junior, that can be a stressful situation, but he has been amazing.”

Coughlin has been swimming competitively since he was 5. He is undecided if he will continue with the sport in college. He hopes to major in marketing and communications. For his efforts, he is The Herald Spotlight Athlete.

Q: Who would you like to dance with on “Dancing With the Stars?”

A: Ariana Grande.

Q: Who is your favorite actor or actress?

A: Johnny Depp.

Q: What three words describe you?

A: Creative, dedicated and friendly.

Q: What is your favorite TV show?

A: “How To Get Away With Murder.”

Q: What show makes you want to turn off the TV?

A: Any of the reality housewives shows. They’re too staged.

Q: What song would you sing if you were on “American Idol?”

A: “Hello” by Adele.

Q: Do you have any superstitions or rituals before a meet?

A: I like to pre-analyze my race.

Q: If you could go anywhere you’ve never been, where would you go?

A: Los Angeles, Calif.

Q: If you weren’t a swimmer, what sport would you be involved with?

A: Tennis.

Q: What junk food do you have a weakness for?

A: Oreos.

Q: Is there a food you refuse to eat?

A: Spinach.

Q: Name three people you’d like to have dinner with?

A: Ryan Lochte, Natalie Coughlin and Jessie J.

Q: What movie could you watch over and over again?

A: “The Hunger Games” or “Pitch Perfect.”

Q: Who makes the best pizza around?

A: Aiello’s.

Q: What’s your favorite vacation spot?

A: Oak Island, N.C.

Q: What’s on your Christmas wish list?

A: A new pair of sunglasses and a new Nikon top my list.

Q: How many days out of the year do you swim?

A: Probably 325.

Q: What would make up your favorite all-time meal?

A: Pamela’a pancakes, chicken fingers and guacamole.

Q: People would be surprised to know that you …

A: … Tried wrestling when I was 5.

Marty Stewart is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at 412-782-2123 or

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