Ex-Jackson swimmer killed in car accident

By David Pan | Oct 06, 2017
Courtesy of: Shannon Prendergast Facebook Remembrance page Former Jackson girls swim team member Shannon Prendergast died in a car accident last week.

A former member of the Jackson High School girls swim team was killed in an automobile accident last week.

Shannon Prendergast, a 2015 graduate and four-year swim team member, died Tuesday, Sept. 26, on I-90 east of Kittitas.

Prendergast’s car struck a pickup truck that had flipped over after the driver swerved to avoid an animal in the roadway, at about 5:30 a.m., according to a Washington State Patrol press release. The pickup truck hit a guardrail and ended up blocking the eastbound lanes. The driver of the pickup truck was able to exit his vehicle.

Prendergast, 20 of Everett, died as a result of the collision.

Jackson swim coach Drew Whorley wrote that the death of Prendergast, who was a student at Washington State University, left a deep hole the hearts of the community. Whorley coached Prendergast for four years and worked with her at the Columbia Athletic Club, where she was a lifeguard and swimming instructor.

“As a swimmer, Shannon was part of our 2014 state championship team and a recipient of the Timberwolf (coach’s) award,” Whorley wrote in a social media posting. “Her attitude, work ethic and commitment to her team left a lasting impression on everyone she swam with and those who had the privilege of coaching her. Shannon’s sweet, kind and generous disposition set a tone on the pool deck that naturally elevated her leadership status. Shannon brought people together with her attitude and embodied everything a coach could ask for in an athlete and a teammate.”

The Jackson graduate also made an impression with members of the Columbia Athletic Club.

“As an employee, Shannon’s tireless work ethic and gift for teaching children made her one of our most requested instructors – and a guard you felt confident trusting lives with,” Whorley wrote.

The state patrol confirmed that Prendergast was wearing a seat belt.

Services were held at Evergreen Church in Bothell and Washington State University.

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