Tommy Hannan – Honor Athlete

It was in a diaper dip class at the local YMCA where Thomas G. “Tommy” Hannan first tested the waters of a pool. Several years later, as a seven year old at Hunting Hills Swim Club, his ability began to show. A gifted athlete and natural competitor, Tommy played baseball, football, soccer and basketball. Encouraged by his summer coach to try year round swimming, he began rewriting the record boards at Hunting Hills and wherever he swam. As a 10 & under he was ranked among the top backstrokers in the country. Training with Eagles Swim Team, Tommy let go of his baseball glove and shoulder pads after his freshman year at Mount Saint Joseph High School, where he was a varsity letter winner and a High School All American and the Speedo/NISCA 1997-1998 Swimmer of the Year. Graduating from St. Joe, he enrolled at the University of Texas, where he would amass seventeen All America honors, and two NCAA titles as a member of the 400 Medley Relay, and one as a member of the American and NCAA record setting 400 Freestyle Relay. Twice selected as Team Captain of the Longhorns, Tommy was a member of three NCAA Men’s Championship teams. In addition, Tommy garnered international experience as a three time member of the USA National Team. In 1999, Tommy represented the USA in Spain at the World University Games where he won the 200 meter I.M. At 2000 Olympic Trials in Indianapolis, he competed in three events, winning an Olympic Team berth in 100 Butterfly. Tommy earned a gold medal as a member of the 4 x 100 Medley Relay. His next international competition came in 2003 at the Pan Pacific Championships in the Dominican Republic where he was in the finals in both the 100 Free and 100 Butterfly and was selected Team Captain for the USA National Team. He competed in the 2004 Olympic Trials in 100 Freestyle, 100 Backstroke and the 200 I.M. Having graduated from Texas on 2003 with a degree in Finance, Tommy began a career in coaching as an assistant coach at the University of Washington, followed by his current position with King Aquatic Club in Seattle. Tommy married Shanna Duggan in June of 2009. For his record setting performances as an age group swimmer, being multiple winner of the Maryland LSC Swimmer of the year award, representing the USA on three teams, his national and international level success, Tommy Hannan is inducted into the Maryland Swimming Hall of Fame.