Shoaf sets swimming records at Ferrum

Published 8:37 am Thursday, March 18, 2021

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FOREST, Va. – The Old Dominion Athletic Conference League Office (ODAC) just released the 2020-21 Men’s and Women’s Swimming end of season awards, and Panther Senior Katie Shoaf was named the Old Dominion Athletic Conference/Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance Women’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

This marks the first time a Ferrum athlete has received the award.

A 2017 graduate of Davie County High School, she is the daughter of Brent and Carolyn Shoaf of Advance.

“I’m extremely proud of Katie for winning this award, ” stated head swimming coach, Margaret Bisnett. “She is dedicated and works hard at everything she does and her commitment to swimming and academics has set the bar very high for our program.”

Shoaf served as team captain this season while maintaining a 3.98 cumulative grade point average with a major in environmental science and a minor in agricultural science. She plans to graduate with honors in May.

Away from the pool, Shoaf is a member of Ferrum’s Boone Honors Program, serves as the vice president of the Panther Christian Athletes Club and represents the swimming program on Ferrum’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

“We are absolutely thrilled for Katie and the swimming program for achieving this honor,” said Ferrum Director of Athletics John Sutyak. “This is a first for us in our short time in the ODAC and it is a tremendous accomplishment for her. I know that Katie is going to do amazing things in her post-Ferrum career.”

Shoaf holds three individual school records in the pool, 50 Freestyle – 26.01; 100 Butterfly – 1:03.93; 200 Butterfly – 2:25.17, and led the way for the Panthers in the 2021 ODAC Swimming Championships, collecting 23 points.

Shoaf has also been a part of four school record-breaking relay teams in the 200 Free Relay, 200 Medley Relay, 400 Medley Relay and the 800 Free Relay.