Hartigan breaks records swimming for Bucknell, makes Academic All-Patriot League Team


PMHS alum Maddie Hartigan is flying across the pool for the Bucknell University swimming team.

She set school records in the 100 freestyle (50.01) and the 1,000 freestyle (9:53.16) at the Patriot League Challenge Meet with American and Loyola (Maryland). The Bucknell junior won all four of her individual events and was a member of three runner-up relay teams at the same meet. In a Covid-abbreviated season, she won six out of seven races, bringing her career total of wins to 42, according to a press release from Bucknell.

The psychology major is also taking care of her studies. She was voted to the 2021 Academic All-Patriot League Team.

“I started swimming because my sisters swim,” said Hartigan. “Also, for me, I like it so much because it is like an individual sport but also a team sport. You swim for yourself, but also you swim for your team. Which I think is really fun.”

She started swimming when she was five at the Pelham Country Club. When she was seven, she joined a year-round club, which is more serious. She has been doing that since.

“Our team at Bucknell, we are all really close, which I think is one of the reasons I am so successful,” Hartigan said. “Everyone is super close and motivating about everything. And it is really just a great environment.”

Hartigan was on a national team in high school. In her freshman year at Bucknell, she broke the school 500-freestyle record and followed by taking the 200-freestyle record as a sophomore. Hartigan is a two-time All-Patriot League First Team selection and five-time Patriot League individual medalist, the press release said.

“I like it so much is because it is just awarding, after working really hard in a sport and getting the best time or accomplishing something,” Hartigan said.