In her first meet of the season, the Academy of Notre Dame freshman finished first in the 100 butterfly (56.25) and 100 breaststroke (1:06.85) against Episcopal Academy, setting school records in both events. Monday, she set another school record in the 50 free (leading off the 200 free relay) with a time of 24.20. Earlier this year, she received her first Summer Junior National Cut in the 200 IM with a time of 2:20.56. Academy of Notre Dame swimming coach Brigit Barry said, “Mia is the most talented swimmer to be a part of Notre Dame’s swimming program since its inception 18 years ago. Mia is every coaches dream- She works extremely hard and has the ability to motivate herself and her teammates. Most importantly, Mia is a positive influence on those around her. Mia is a diverse swimmer and will most definitely leave her mark on record books during her career as an Irish swimmer. While Mia is making a name for herself on the National swimming stage, she is still a 14- year-old quick-witted high school freshman with an infectious smile.”
Q: What was the key to your success in your first meet of the season?
A: On the day of the meet, I was so excited to be apart of such a wonderful team with so many supportive teammates, and wanted to help us score some more points as possible.
Q: Can you walk us through a typical day, or cycle, of training?
A: On a typical weekday, I will wake up around 5 a.m. and complete a half hour of vasa and erg (on land swimming machine), and then go to morning practice where I will typically swim for around an hour and 15 minutes. Then, after school I will go right from school to the pool where I practice from 3:45-6 p.m. After I am done swimming, I will usually go into the gym and do dryland for about 40 minutes.
Q: What aspects of your swimming have you been working on?
A: Recently, I have been trying to work on my distance work and trying to lower my pace work.
Q: What pool did you first swim for?
A: I first learned to swim at Plymouth Whitemarsh Aquatic Club, which is located at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School, where is also where I currently swim.
Q: Who have been your biggest swimming mentors, and what was the most important thing each of the taught you?
A: Two of my biggest mentors are my current two swim coaches Caroline Boland and Richard Shoulberg. Both of these wonderful have not only taught me how to become a better swimmer, but how to become a better person.
Q: Tell us a little about your preparation the day of a meet.
A: During the day of the meet, I just tried to focus on racing well and staying relaxed and loose.
Fun facts – Mia Abruzzo
Favorite book: And Then There Were None.
Favorite TV show: The Office.
Favorite movie: We’re the Millers.
Favorite team: Philadelphia Eagles.
Favorite place to visit: “The shore.”
Person I admire most: “My brother Andrew has inspired me to be the best I can be every day.”
Siblings: older brother Andrew, younger sisters Tori and Gabi.
(To be selected as Main Line Girls Athlete of the Week, a student-athlete must first be nominated by her coach.)
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