Logan McFadden Impresses at the National Level
April 14, 2019
The top youth swimmers in the country converged on the Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, North Carolina to compete for national recognition in the 2019 YMCA Short Course National Championship.
Of these top swimmers, Susky had one athlete who outperformed the large majority of the other attendees- junior Logan McFadden
McFadden, who has only been swimming since seventh grade, earned top 16 placements in three of the five different individual events he participated in.
He’s put in countless hours of work every day, all year-round.
“The rigorous practice schedule that we have… it’s over 20 hours of practice each week, and eight practices a week…This has allowed me to really excel in the water because of all the time I’m putting in,” said McFadden.
McFadden, with his hopes on swimming in college, has focused on distance events, earning eighth place in the mile event with a blazing time of 15:43.87.
“Over the course of the year I hope to get more offers from D1 colleges to swim in college and also get closer to Olympic trial cuts,” said McFadden.
With over 1,400 swimmers attending the week-long event, McFadden was able to stand out against the crowd of other young talents.
“After high school, I definitely want to swim in college. There’s not any school I’ve talked to super heavily, but there are a few schools that I’ve talked to their coaches a little bit,” said McFadden.
In each event over 100 athletes competed, so McFadden’s placements are an incredible accomplishment for him.
“It feels really good to see all your hard work pay off and your times drop down, and you can see yourself getting closer and closer to the top,” said McFadden.
Compared to last year’s performance, McFadden has improved greatly, where he finished with a time of 16:06.12 in the mile.
This drop of time has encouraged McFadden’s hope for his future, with his next goal being making time cuts for the 2020 Olympic trials.
“I want to make Olympic trials. I probably won’t actually make the Olympic team, but I at least want to be able to go and compete out at Colorado in Olympic trials,” said McFadden.
With the 2019 YMCA Long Course National Championship at the University of Maryland cuts public, McFadden is ready to attend and perform from July 30 to August 3, 2019, and earn even better times for his future.