PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. - Talk about a year for Arnold Alum Chad McGuire: a State Championship, a scholarship to swim at Florida State, and now his newest accolade – being named a National All-American for the 100 meter breaststroke.
"It's good to see all the training pay off,” McGuire says, “All this hard work over the years, Ups and Downs. It's good to end my high school career on a high note."
This journey to the top began nearly a decade ago when McGuire realized his passion is in the pool.
"I tried out a lot of other sports. I tried out basketball, soccer, baseball. I didn't really take to any of them, but then I tried out swimming. I loved it from there. I just kept with it over the years."
He's just the second swimmer in Arnold history to be named an All-American. The first, Cody Bronnenberg, is now one of McGuire's coaches, and couldn't be more proud to share the “All-American” moniker together.
"To be honest, I was hoping that he would,” Bronnenberg says, “Because that's what records are for. They're meant to be broken.
"It's definitely a goal I've shot for,” McGuire adds, “I'm definitely glad to be able to accomplish those goals and make it to where I am at this point, and I'd just like to see what I can do in the future now."
That future brings him to Tallahassee, where he will swim for the Seminoles. He's not satisfied with only his high school accomplishments – his career is far from finished.
"I'm just happy I'm going to be able to swim for them next year,” McGuire says of his future at FSU, “I'm really excited to go there and see what I can do. Really try to shoot for the ACC Championships my freshman year, my best event in the 100 and 200 breaststroke, and hopefully the NCAA Championships soon after that. I just want to see what I can do to contribute to the team."
McGuire wasn’t only successful the pool. He was also a National Merit Scholar and Co-Valedictorian of his class.
Congratulations to Chad McGuire on all of his accomplishments.
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