Hall of Fame Inductee - Casey Schnack-Schild
Casey Schnack-Schild is the most decorated girls swimmer in QHS history. She collected six state medals during her four state appearances from 1999-2002. In 2001, she became the first QHS girls swimmer to reach the finals in any event since 1980.
Schnack came closest to winning a state championship during her senior season in 2002. She was fourth in the 500-yard freestyle. In the same meet, she was also seventh in the 200 freestyle.
She rewrote the QHS record book, recording top times in the 200 freestyle, 500 freestyle, 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke. She also swam on the 400 freestyle relay team that set a school record. Schnack won five individual Western Big Six Conference titles and was a member of seven WB6 winning relay teams.
As a senior, she established a conference record in the 500 free.
She was the focus of an intense recruiting battle and wound up going to swim for Olympic medalist Pablo Morales at Nebraska. In college, she finished in the top 10 three straight years in the 1,650 freestyle at the Big 12 Championships, made the provisional cut for the NCAA Championships and was a three-time academic All-Big 12 performer.
Her acceptance speech…
I would like to congratulate the 2013 inductees, and thank the Hall of Fame Committee for selecting me to be a member of the elite group that is the Quincy High School Sports Hall of Fame. It is an honor and a privilege to stand among the great athletes that have represented Quincy High School athletics.
Most importantly, I want to thank my parents, Drew and Bonnie Schnack, for your unconditional love and support throughout my entire swimming career. You encouraged me to dream big, work hard, and take pride in everything I do. From the early morning practices, to the long weekends spent on pool decks, you were there. You never doubted me, you always pushed me, and you provided me with every opportunity to succeed. Without you, I would not have been the swimmer I was, or the woman I am today.
I would also like to thank my brother, Andy Schnack. You were a fearless athlete and a great training partner. I could always count on you to lighten the mood during a hard practice or a big meet. Your success inspired me to work harder; and your humor reminded me not to take things so seriously all the time.
Thank you, Lee Pappas for supporting Blue Devil swimming. You took the time to learn what the sport of swimming was all about, and understood what it took to build a successful swimming program. I would like to recognize Denise Pappas and Debbie McNeil for working closely with me and my family throughout my college recruiting process. You went above and beyond your duties and responsibilities to help make that process as easy as possible. I very much appreciated your insight and guidance.
Lastly, I want to thank the coaches, parents, and my teammates for all of your efforts to make Blue Devil swimming a success.
We had a great run and I will cherish the memories forever.
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