Maura Quinn remembers her senior class teammates joining the Mother McAuley swimming and diving team as freshmen.
The results were, according to Quinn, a little rough as the new high school swimmers started to pile up the miles in the pool.
“This senior class, we came in as freshmen, and we weren’t that good,” Quinn said. “We pushed and pushed until we were on top.”
The Mighty Macs are off to a solid fall season, defeating both De La Salle and Benet in dual meets. Facing one of the top teams in the state, host Mother McAuley lost 101-43 on Sept. 10 to St. Ignatius in a Metro Catholic Aquatic Conference (MCAC) dual meet held at Br. Rice.
Quinn tied with St. Ignatius sophomore Julieta Tracy for first in the 100-yard breaststroke with a 1:12.70 final time.
Junior diver Abby Manos (200.00 points) was also a winner for the Macs.
Mother McAuley features 12 seniors on its varsity squad. With the season being held amid the current health crisis, Quinn said the seniors are doing their best to keep everything positive, especially for the underclassmen.
Looking to limit contact on the swim deck and behind the blocks, state officials decided that relay races will not be held this season.
Also, the pool is divided into sides with one team swimming in a set number of lanes and the opponent swimming in the others. Races are typically divided by seed times.
“It’s tough, but we’re still a team,” Quinn said. “We’re doing what we normally do, and we’re practicing hard. We try to give them the energy we have. We want to show them that if you work hard, you can succeed, get better and drop time.”
Quinn is a Mt. Greenwood resident and St. Catherine of Alexandria Elementary School graduate.
Other top three finishers for the Mighty Macs included sophomore Emily Manos in the 50 free (2nd, :25.31) and 100-yard backstroke (2nd, :1:00.39), senior Hannah Gnatt in the 200-yard freestyle (3rd, 2:02.62) and freshman diver Brianna Burns (3rd, 175).
Another key swimmer for McAuley this season is senior Elizabeth McNicholas (Mt. Greenwood Elementary) who typically swims in the 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke.
Looking to make the most of her senior season, McNicholas is chasing history.
“As a goal, we don’t have one set thing that we’re working on as a team,” McNicholas said. “Each of us is trying to work toward school records. I’m .05 seconds away from the school record in the 200 free. As a team, we’ve had a good energy. We’re working hard in practice, too.”
Mother McAuley has upcoming meets at Fenwick and Rosary and will host duals with Resurrection and neighborhood rival Marist.