ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Holy Redeemer’s Adam Mahler
Adam Mahler closed his accomplished Holy Redeemer swimming career with two individual third-place medals, finishing in 1 minute, 41.11 seconds in the 200 free and 49.03 seconds in the 100 butterfly.
For his achievement, he was selected as The Citizens’ Voice Athlete of the Week.
You’ve had such a great career at Holy Redeemer, including winning a state title last year. What are your thoughts now that it’s over?
A little bit of relief, a little bit of anxiety. I spent four years with the team there, and now I get to meet a new team. I mean, it’s nice to finally be done with everything, and I’ll be done with high school and go off to college, which is fun, but there’s definitely some uncertainty with wondering everything that’s gonna happen.
Of all the District 2 and state medals you’ve won, is there one that means the most to you?
Definitely the first place from last year (winning the state title in the 100 butterfly), but I also have a fifth-place medal from junior nationals in December, which was important to me.
How do you think your state meet went this year?
I thought it could have been better. I was out for about three days last week, two of those days I had a 102-degree fever and the last day I was recovering. That definitely affected my state meet, but I was happy with how I did. I had good times, and it was definitely a good ending for everything.
What kind of legacy do you hope you leave with the Redeemer swim program?
I just hope that I can provide some sort of inspiration for people to try to get all those times and records. I want people to break the records.
What are you looking forward to at East Carolina, anything you want to accomplish there?
I hope that I can go to their conference championships and place well, get to the NCAAs. My biggest hope there is to try to make and then do well at the Olympic trials.
Getting to know Adam
Family: Parents Rose and Eric, sister Emily
Favorite school subject: AP Gov
Favorite movie: “How To Train Your Dragon”
Favorite TV show: “Criminal Minds”
Favorite food: Pizza
Favorite sport: Swimming
Favorite athlete: Michael Phelps
Favorite thing about swimming: The freedom you feel getting in the water
Most difficult thing about swimming: Getting the technique right, the small things
Biggest role model: My father
One word you feel best describes you: Funny