Freshman Meg Miller of Quincy recently competed in the National Boys and Girls Club Swimming Championship in St. Petersburg, Florida, finishing in the top 20 in the Finals in two events, the Backstroke and the Breaststroke, taking 14th and 18th place respectively.
“You do better swimming in that kind of competition because it is very intense with so many swimmers in such a big pool,” she said. “There is a lot of really fast competition in the nationals so you have to train really hard for it,” she said.
Miller, a member of the Colonel Daniel Marr Boys & Girls Clubhouse, Dorchester, takes her practice sessions seriously, swimming an average of four to five times per week, either before school for 75 minutes, or after school for two and one half hours. On most Saturdays, she wraps up the week with a local competition.
Miller has also excelled on the Archbishop Williams High School swim team, competing this year in the State Championship at Boston University in the 200 Medley Relay with teammates Colleen O’Callaghan ‘17, Nicole Miller ‘21, and Sarah McDermott ‘17. At the Central South Sectional meet held at MIT, Miller was a member of the relay team that broke the school record, coming in at 2:08.83. The event was the first Williams’ relay that qualified by time in more than 12 years for the State Championship meet. With her were Vy Doan ‘17, Colleen O’Callaghan ‘17, and Nicole Miller ’21.
With a successful season behind her, Miller is already looking forward to next year swimming with the Williams team and competing for the Marr Clubhouse in her fourth national competition.