During the month of July, GoBonnies.com will feature a trio of women's swimmers who are working on campus during the summer to prepare for the 2017-18 season. The first feature centers on rising senior Devon McFadden.
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Rising senior Devon McFadden enjoyed a breakout season for the St. Bonaventure women's swimming and diving team last season, leading the squad in scoring before landing on the podium in the 200-backstroke at the Atlantic 10 Championships.
At the conference meet, she set the school record in not only the 200-backstroke, but the 100-back as well as the 200-IM and was part of the 400-medley relay team that also broke a St. Bonaventure program record.
She isn't planning on stopping there. The summer has been a time of work for the native of Owego, N.Y. who is looking to finish her Bonnies career on a high note.
This summer, she and her teammates are working hard toward improving in the pool for the 2017-18 season while helping establish a culture of success in the program.
McFadden took a time out from summer training on campus to talk about her time in the program and her work during the offseason.
What is the biggest lesson that you have learned while with the St. Bonaventure women's swimming program?
I think it is to hold myself more accountable. Collegiate swimming will definitely teach you a lot of lessons on how to be more disciplined and committed to something, but the past four years have been a wake-up call to everything you do in this sport will reflect in one race at the end of the year. You need to nail the details and be extremely accountable every single day. In order to be successful in this sport, you have to hold yourself accountable.
How have you most improved as a swimmer?
Mentally I have improved the most. I think that we are trained every day to get up and race and put the work in. I have improved to stay positive and just change the whole way I think about this sport. It has helped me a lot to get going and stay motivated for the season.
What are you working on this summer?
A lot of details. We are working on overall changing the culture of the team. We are trying to turn things around. Culture is really what we're trying to work on and improve our swimming.
What is your favorite memory associated with St. Bonaventure swimming?
I have a lot. It has been a lot of fun and everything I will take away always goes back to my teammates. Being associated with this program means everything; this program will always be in my heart forever. It means being a part of something bigger than yourself.
Do you feel that you and your teammates are setting the foundation for the future of the program?
Yeah. The mindset from the start for our class has been aggressive and forward-moving. We are definitely trying to do something that has not been done before.
What is the importance of you and your teammates having a positive presence on campus?
We try to make an influence on this campus in a positive way. I love this school and I tell my teammates, be positive and be a role model. People do know who you are. The best reputation you can have is being a good person.
Getting to know Devon McFadden
Favorite food: Mac and cheese
Favorite TV show: The Office
Favorite movie: The Dark Knight
What emoji best describes you: The one with the blank face and the eyes bulging out like what is going on?
Best advice you've ever received: One of my past coaches said the best thing in life is to be a part of something bigger than yourself. I've always taken that to heart.
Dream job: President of the United States
Actress that would play you in a movie: Jennifer Lawrence
Hobbies: Napping, Netflix. I watch a lot of storm chasing documentaries.
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