Ellington Student Athlete of the Month: Madeline Meaney

Madeline Meaney

Ellington High School

Sports played: Girls Varsity Swimming, Track and Field

Academic Honors and Awards: High Honor Student, National Honor Society Member, Member of Principal’s Advisory Board, Excellence in Civics Award

Athletic Honors and Awards: Coaches’ Award- Sophomore year. MVP- Junior year.

How do you prepare before a meet? Ideally, a refreshing nap an hour before the meet would be perfect. In reality, I stretch with my teammates, sometimes listen to music if I’m going to be swimming an event that stresses me out, like the 200 IM, and think about how I would like the outcome to be for each individual race. Mostly though, I try to remember that it’s just a meet, and focus on doing my best 100% of the time.

What has been the best moment thus far this season? As an individual swimmer the best moment thus far would be dropping 5 seconds on my 100 Breast time. I was a member of a summer league and my 100 Breast had seemed to plateau. It was the second meet of the high school season and my coach told me that I had dropped 5 seconds. To me, the final time did not even matter, it was the individual improvement that showed me that I was working to my full potential and really doing something right.

As a member of the swim team, there have been many fantastic moments. The team’s dedication and spirit this year has really shone through, and our record is higher than it’s been in 3 years. This speaks wonders for what sportsmanship can do on and off the pool deck.

What has been your biggest highlight to date in your high school uniform? The biggest highlight for me personality was having the opportunity to swim in States last year at Wesleyan University. The whole experience was amazing simply due the fact that everyone present had the same passion!

Who has been your biggest sports influence? For swimming, it would have to be my mom. She practically forced me to go an introductory swim meeting sophomore year, and lo and behold I ended up joining the team and finding an amazing passion.

Who is your favorite pro or college athlete? Katie LeDecky is my favorite pro athlete because even though she is a top, nationally ranked swimmer, she competes against herself for herself because she loves the sport.

What are your plans beyond high school? I plan on attending college to study neuroscience and pursue an advanced scientific degree, while still hopefully keeping swimming as a part of my life.

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