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Athlete to Watch: Darcy McFarland, Womens Swim

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The Goucher Swim season opened on October 22, 2022, with a tri-meet against Elizabethtown and Immaculata. Darcy McFarland ‘24 picked up Goucher’s only individual gold of the day, placing first in the 50 yard butterfly with a time of 29.64 seconds. 

McFarland is no stranger to success. Last season, she posted numerous top-three finishes and was named a member of the Landmark Conference Academic Honor Roll, an honor reserved for upperclass student-athletes with cumulative GPAs of over 3.2. 

In addition to McFarland being an outstanding athlete and student, the swim community spoke highly of her character as well. Out of the pool and the classroom, McFarland is described by teammates as an “angel.” 

“She’s very nice and funny,” teammate Avery McEachern said, before adding that McFarland is an “amazing swimmer.” 

Swim coach Thomas Till emphasized these traits verbatim and said, “it’s great to see when a student-athlete on your team, who works hard, is a great example in the classroom, and is all around a great person- and you see them perform well and hit their strides.” 

He said that McFarland and a close teammate spent the first half of 2022 studying for their EMT certificates, on top of keeping top-level grades and competing on the swim team. 

“They both were able to earn the great accomplishment [of the certification],” Till said, “[I’m] so proud to think about this!”

Feature image at top: McFarland in action, courtesy of the Goucher Athletics website.

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