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Regional Swimmer Sets Her Sights on Olympics

Shackley ‘became a phenom pretty quickly,’ her coach says

Leah Shackley’s typical day begins at 5 a.m.

It’s not so the 17-year-old Olympic swimming hopeful can get into the pool and work out before her virtual classes begin.

No, she’s up the crack of dawn so she can make breakfast and take care of the horses for a 93-year-old neighbor in Bedford and her Parkinson’s-afflicted daughter in her 70s.

Only later in the day is Shackley driving 45 minutes or so up Interstate 99 to the Blair Regional YMCA for 12 to 18 hours of training each week in addition to serving as a life guard and being a social maven.

“Every single older lady that’s in exercise classe...


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